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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Chemeketa to offer building inspection degree

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa to offer building inspection programStudents may begin earning a building inspection technology associates degree at Chemeketa this fall. The curriculum covers classes on building codes, plan review, inspection techniques, and construction materials as well as courses in mathematics, communication skills, and public relations.

“The earning potential is quite strong,” said Glen Miller, the director in charge of the program. The State of Oregon estimates the average annual salary for this field to be over $60,000 with numerous job openings a year statewide.

Miller recommends that program applicants have experience in the construction industry. They must have at least a high school diploma or GED. After enrolling in Chemeketa, applicants may apply for the Building Inspection Technology program. See the steps to enroll in the program on the college website. Enrollment is limited and priority given to those who meet the application.

Applicants must also attend a mandatory orientation and registration session Tuesday, August 9, 6 pm to 8 pm at the Chemeketa Dallas Center.

Download the application here, pick one up at the Chemeketa Dallas Center located at 1340 SE Holman Ave., Dallas OR, 97338 or call 503.623.5567 for more information.


Music concerts June 1 & 5

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa’s growing music program will be providing not one, but two opportunities to enjoy the musical talents of our students —

Spring Orchestra & Band Concert
Wednesday, June 1, 7 pm, West Salem High School

Spring Choir Concert
Sunday, June 5, 7 pm, Salem campus auditorium (Building 6)
Theme is “All That Jazz” and will feature special guests The 14th Street Jazz Band from North Salem High School.

There is a suggested donation of $5.


Cheers to the wine industry at barrel tasting

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

2016 barrel tastingChemeketa’s Northwest Wine Studies Center barrel tasting drew a crowd of nearly 300 industry leaders, students and friends to Chemeketa Eola the evening of May 19. Student wine was featured as well as industry exhibits.

The Chemeketa Wine Studies program also unveiled a new winery name: Chemeketa Cellars. To commemorate the event the program commissioned a new series of wine labels for their student wine.

The Chemeketa Wine Studies program distributed three awards –

Betty O’Brien, Legacy Builder – In 1983 O’Brien and her husband Dick established Elton Vineyards.

Since 1991 she has served on the Board of Directors for Willamette Valley Vineyards and soon she will open the newly constructed Elton Winery in the Eola Hills on the farm where she grew up. In 2001 she was chosen to serve as the Executive Director of the Oregon Winegrowers Association and Wine Board. The entire industry benefited from her leadership so that it is now a major player in Oregon’s economy.

O’Brien recognized the need for a trained wine industry workforce early on. She has been a long-serving member of Chemeketa’s Wine Studies program advisory board as well as a member of the Chemeketa Foundation board.

Anne Ebenretier Hubatch, Emerging Leader – Hubatch stands out as an emerging leader because she already has two labels of her own: Helioterra and Whoa Nelly. She also is a partner in Guild Wimemakers and Alter Ego Cider.

Anne also serves on the board of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association and is past secretary of the Portland Urban Wine Association.

Gerry Rasch, Student of the Year – Faculty and staff recognized Rasch for his mentoring role with younger students. He is currently working on an Independent Study project to meet with wineries in the region to assess their internship and training needs.

Gerry has worked at two local wineries during his time at Chemeketa. His employers have nicknamed him “Superman” based on his ability to grow sales and wine club memberships.


Chemeketa awarded state STEM grant

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa receives STEM grantChemeketa Community College has been awarded a $152,236 grant from the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Council (HECC) to increase the number of women and under-represented students of color earning a degree or certificate in a STEM field. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Increasing the quantity and quality of professionals in STEM fields is an important national and regional priority.

The target audience for the grant activity will be new or admitted students who are female or students of color intending to enroll in a computer science, engineering or high-tech manufacturing program at Chemeketa. Enrollment in those programs does not reflect the college as a whole. Only 9% of Chemeketa students in those fields are women and 22% are minorities. Total full-time enrollment at Chemeketa in fall of 2015 was 53.8% female and 34.6% ethnic or racial minorities.

Grant funded activities are expected to include –

  1. One-on-one advising and mentoring
  2. Strategic tutoring
  3. Opportunities for presentations and recognition
  4. Career planning
  5. Consistent tracking of student progress to allow for early intervention

The grant will also fund a two-day STEM event to recruit new students. The event will provide a platform for current students to partner with faculty in presentations and workshops for potential students. Participants will work in a robotics lab where they will build a functioning robot, create a 3-D print and explore how to develop their own smartphone application. The date of the event has not yet been determined.

 


Winema launches robotics program

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Early last September, Joe Shepard sat parked in his car outside Chemeketa Winema watching as backhoes hauled furniture and debris from the abyss.

He was interviewing to be the instructor for Winema’s newly minted Robotics program all while witnessing the transformation of Building 51 – dubbed ‘the abyss’ by staff – from a dingy surplus storage area to a hands-on learning environment for high school students.

Vision, advocates and months of hard work from facilities turned the pipe dream into a possibility and Chemeketa Winema is now well on its way to supporting students interested in engineering, manufacturing, prototyping and product development and design.

“There is now a pathway for Winema students to enter career tech programs at Chemeketa,” says Susan Murray, Executive Dean of Academic Progress and Regional Education Services. “We are so appreciative and have so many people to thank.”

Joe praises the Robotics program for helping students not only learn problem solving, teamwork and creativity, but for igniting a passion for learning. “These students say ‘I’m here to get this done’.”

“There are many plusses to this program,” mirrors Abby Hoffar, Dean of High School Partnerships. “Students have to work on design and assembly as a team. There’s brainstorming and dissonance, and they have to work it out together so the program is teaching soft skills too.”

“And they are really proud of their accomplishments,” she says.

Four students who’ve risen to the role of team leaders for Winema’s robotics team, the Winema Wattmasters, demonstrated their VEX creations for Chemeketa’s Board of Education, staff and program supporters at the Robotics Open House on May 18.

VEX is a highly regarded international STEM activity for middle and high school students that releases a new parts kit and engineering challenge game each year.

The Wattmasters, along with teams from Dallas, West, South and North Salem highs and the Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School, will start developing robots based on the 16-17 VEX kit and challenge game starting in September and take to the road for weekend tournaments mid-November.

To level the playing field, Winema plans to host 2-3 teams on weekdays for area students who can’t travel out of town on weekends.

Winema Robotics has many additional goals for the future, including

  • Organize the College’s robotic teams
  • Develop a maker lab that includes 3D printing, laser cutter and machinery to work with iron, aluminum, vinyl and wood
  • Develop a CADD lab
  • Use robotics to experiment with innovative horticulture and agriculture techniques
  • Host a VEX Robotics State Championship

For now, students will enjoy a wide variety of experiential opportunities to foster and support their imagination, innovation and ability to collaborate. Abby adds, “What could be better for their education, workforce or life?”

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Workshop on college resources for DACA students May 27

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

DACA & Allies United Student Club invites current and future students and their families to a DACA workshop to be held Friday, May 27 from 3-5 pm.

Guests will have the opportunity to learn about resources to help DACA students (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) attend and find success at Chemeketa, including academic program information, student support services, immigration information and paying for college.

DACA workshop
Friday, May 27, 3-5 pm
Bldg. 3, Rm. 116 (Salem campus)
Dinner provided


Visual Communications Portfolio Show set for June 2

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

All are welcome to join us for the 21st annual Visual Communications Portfolio Show – an opportunity to view the culmination of projects created by talented emerging artists and designers graduating from Chemeketa’s Visual Communications program.

Eighteen students will be showcasing their work at the event including logos and product packaging developed for local nonprofits such as Marion-Polk Foodshare, Salem Audubon Society and the Silverton Poetry Festival as well as various Chemeketa programs.

Visual Communications Portfolio Show
Thursday, June 2 from 4 to 7 pm
Building 4, Room 225
Free parking will be available during the event; guests can follow signs to park in the purple and yellow lots.

For more information call 503.399.5070 or visit vc.chemeketa.edu.


Native American Spring Gathering at Yamhill Campus May 26

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

All are welcome to attend the 4th annual Native American Spring Gathering on Thursday, May 26.

Held at the Yamhill Valley campus, this free, family-friendly event will feature Native American artisans, kid crafts and demonstrations including a traditional salmon bake.

A fry bread taco lunch will be served at noon and the Grand Ronde Canoe Family Singers will perform from 12:30-1 pm.

Native American Spring Gathering
Thursday, May 26, 11 am-2 pm
Yamhill Valley Campus
Free


Art Student Annual runs through June 3

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Art Student Annual 2016Whether by paint or photography, canvas or sculpture, glass or wood, Chemeketa art students used many different media to express themselves.

Those expressions are now on display for the rest of us during the Art Student Annual, on display in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery on June 3.

Artists Josh Kinsey and Kate Simmons, who were both featured artists in the gallery this year, served as the exhibit’s jurists, determining who made it into the show and also awarding the top three prizes. Any student who had taken an art class at Chemeketa in the past two years was eligible to submit their work for the exhibit.

Those awards were as follows–

  • 3rd place: “The White Wolf” by Roberto Oran
  • 2nd place: “Magpie” by Peter Schomus
  • 1st place: “Breathe” by Kenneth McCallister

Visitors to the gallery, located in Building 3 on the Salem campus, will also have the ability to select their favorite piece among the exhibited for a People’s Choice Award, which will be given at the end of the show.

The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 4 pm and Fridays from 11 am to 4 pm.


2016 Graduation set for June 14

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa’s 60th annual graduation ceremony will be held Tuesday, June 14 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion (2330 17th Street NE, Salem). Free parking is available in the lot off Sunnyview Road near 17th Street NE. Tickets are required.

Nearly 800 students of post-secondary degree and certificate programs, Winema High School and high school equivalency and general equivalency programs will be awarded diplomas.

More information on the 2016 graduation can be found here or by calling 503.399.6588.