A public meeting of the Budget Committee of Chemeketa Community College, Marion County, State of Oregon, to receive the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 will be held at Chemeketa Community College, Building 2 Boardroom, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem. The meeting will take place on the 12th day of April at 7:00 p.m. The purpose is to receive the budget message and document of the district. A copy of the budget document may be inspected on or after April 12, 2017 at the Chemeketa Community College Library, second floor of Building 9 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
An additional Budget Committee meeting will take place on April 19, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. to receive additional budget information, deliberate and take public comment. The meeting will be held at Chemeketa Community College, Building 2 Boardroom, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the April 19th meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. The notice of Budget Committee meetings is also published at: http://www.chemeketa.edu.
Chemeketa was honored at this year’s EarthWISE Business of the Year during the Mid-Valley Green Awards on March 11.
The award is given to a local business that best continues its efforts to reduce their environmental impacts and improving their progress on the criteria that gave them EarthWISE certification. EarthWISE is a program though Marion County that gives certification to businesses that have adopted environmentally-friendly practices.
Among the efforts noted in Chemeketa receiving the award include–
- Dedicating more than 7,000 square feet to housing surplus property, which is repaired, repurposed or recycled
- 19 bottle filtration stations at the Salem Campus water fountains which has kept over half a million plastic water bottles out of landfills
- LED lighting remodels, including in parking lots
A reception honoring former recipients of Scholarships for Oregon Latinos (SOL) was held at the Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry the evening of March 1. Participants shared stories and the audience was updated on the need to replenish the scholarship fund.
“Our SOL alumni described how they overcame their struggles because of support they received from the scholarship and mentoring,” said Chemeketa Foundation Director Nancy Duncan. “It was incredibly inspiring,” she added.
SOL was funded in 1995 when community members The Hon. Joseph V. Ochoa, George Puentes Sr., Lydia Muñiz, Michael Muñiz, Ricardo Baez, and Daniel P. Santos pooled resources to honor the memory of George Puentes Jr.
The scholarship involves a mentoring component and requires community service which many of the former students spoke about having changed their lives. The scholarship is for full-time students transferring to a university to obtain a Bachelor’s degree.
SOL co-founder Lydia Muñiz made a $5,000 matching pledge at the reception. She will match any donation up to $5,000 through March. Email or call the Chemeketa Foundation at 503.365.4747 for more information.