They called the legislation Oregon Promise. The headlines trumpeted, “Free community college tuition.” Chemeketa staff wondered how this opportunity will affect enrollment. How will the Oregon Promise students do in college-level classes?
Now the promise is real. We have learned a lot and there is still more to be revealed.
Chemeketa welcomed over 1,070 recipients of the Oregon Promise grant fall term. Oregon Promise students are probably the reason why Chemeketa enrolled nearly 300 more students than usual directly from high school this fall.
We have hired two new advisors to help our Oregon Promise students succeed. Rebeka Phelps comes to us from PCC where she worked in academic advising and study skills.
Jose Ceja-Garibay is a Chemeketa success story. Jose was part of the first cohort of Chemeketa Scholars and a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) student. Jose has worked in our Academic Development department since graduating. Their enthusiasm for their work is palpable.
“We’re looking at something brand new,” said Rebeka, “and going in a direction that has never been done before.”
Jose added, “I’ve always loved how Chemeketa is a community and we want the Oregon Promise students to feel that connection and be well-informed so they succeed.”
Rebeka and Jose plan to implement innovative communication channels like Snapchat, a dedicated Facebook presence and responding to notifications from faculty when students are struggling.
Our OP students have to meet criteria to maintain their eligibility –
- Register for at least half-time (6 credits) fall term 2016
- Remain enrolled at least half-time for three consecutive terms each year
- Complete and maintain 2.0 GPA
- Pass at least 67% of attempted credits
- Complete and pass Chemeketa’s First Year Experience class Creating College Success in their first year
- Work toward completion of a certificate or a degree
The Legislature will consider renewing Oregon Promise funding for the 2017-18 academic year during the upcoming session.