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Food for Fines collects donations each term

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

From now until Friday, December 9, Chemeketa’s Library is sponsoring Food for Fines to benefit the Chemeketa Food Pantry.

This event invites students, staff and community members to exchange one food item for $1 in fines up to $10. This includes CCRLS fines, but not items that are lost or damaged

Simply bring your donations to the library to participate.

“Just before the holidays and cold weather, it is nice to have more food in the Chemeketa Pantry for those in need,” says Teresa Bell, co-organizer of the event.

Food for Fines is also held during winter and spring terms each year. Donations can be made to the Chemeketa Food Pantry at the Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses year-round.

Most wanted items

  • Boxed meals (mac and cheese, Hamburger Helper)
  • Canned soup and instant noodles
  • Canned chicken or tuna
  • Baby formula, food and diapers
  • Shampoo and toilet paper
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Powdered or canned milk
  • Rice and beans
  • Cereal

LGBTQ+ advocate speaks Nov.30

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa remains a place of inclusiveness for people and ideas and extends a warm welcome to guest speaker and civil rights lawyer Lake Perriguey.

On Wednesday, November 30, Lake will present “Busting the Binary and Gender Fluidity — It’s not Y2K” and lead a discussion about gender identity and equal protection, among other issues and groundbreaking cases affecting the LGBTQ+ community.

Lake chose a legal career after an arrest protesting laws that discriminated against gay and lesbian people.

After attending Lewis and Clark Law School, he has represented queer and transpeople in family law cases and in work, government and public accommodation discrimination cases, including the first person in the United States to be legally recognized as nonbinary.

Busting the Binary and Gender Fluidity — It’s not Y2K
Featuring guest speaker Lake Perriguey
Wednesday, November 30, 2-3 pm
Bldg. 2, Student Center (Salem)


Culture Fair is Nov. 16

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa’s students come from many different countries, backgrounds and cultures. During International Programs and International Club’s annual Culture Fair, these students have the opportunity to share parts of their cultures with the entire college and Salem community.

Students representing Mexico, Guatemala, Fiji, Vietnam, Japan, Ukraine/Eastern Europe and Navajo cultures welcome you to learn about art, music, clothing, dance and customs from around the world. Expand your worldview and welcome these students to Chemeketa.

Culture Fair
Wednesday, November 16
11:30 am-3:30 pm
Student Center, Bldg. 2 (Salem)
Free & open to the public

Meet our Students

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Laura Moreno
Studying Business Management
Joins us from Mexico

Laura started at Chemeketa studying English as a Second Language on a tourist visa. She the atmosphere and classes at Chemeketa so much that she returned to Mexico to get her student visa so that she could study here full-time. She completed ESL classes in the fall of 2015 and is now working toward her ASOT in Business. Laura works as a student leader in both Marketing and Student Recruitment and International Programs and is a council member of the International Club.

When did you start at Chemeketa? Summer 2014
What do you like about hosting a table at Culture Fair? The opportunity to share my culture with other students.
Would you recommend hosting to other students? Yes, it’s a fun and great experience to see how the students get interested in learning about where you come from and the differences between your culture and theirs.

 

alpha-2Alpha Jalloh
Studying Computer Science
Joins us from Liberia

Alpha is part of a large family. He and his brother came to the U.S. to pursue dreams of an American education. Alpha is working on his ASOT in Computer Science. He works as a tutor in the computer lab to help pay for his education.

When did you start at Chemeketa? Spring 2015
What do you like about hosting a table at Culture Fair? It gave me a chance to talk about my culture and country. Not many Americans know a lot about Liberia, so I got to educate them about that part of Africa
Would you recommend hosting to other students? Yes! It is a great way to inform others about who you are and where you come from.

 

sueAhn “Sue” Vu
Studying Health and Wellness
Joins us from Vietnam

Sue was an exchange student for one year at North Salem High School. She really loved the welcoming quality of the Salem community, so she decided to begin her post-secondary studies at Chemeketa. She will complete her AAOT this spring and transfer to PSU to study Health and Wellness. Sue works in the International Programs office and is a council member of the International Club.

When did you start at Chemeketa? Fall 2015
Why are you looking forward to hosting a table at Culture Fair? It’s a great opportunity to share my culture with others.
Would you recommend hosting to other students? Yes, absolutely. It is a really fun activity for all students, whether to share your own culture or learn about a new culture.


Chemeketa hosting college and career fair Oct. 24

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Salem area students and their families are invited to attend the annual college and career fair at Chemeketa Community College on Monday, October 24. This event is presented by The Inspire Foundation.

To be held from 6 to 8 pm in Building 7 on the Salem campus, the college and career fair is a free event with free parking.

This event, which has taken place for more than 25 years, welcomed more than 2,000 visitors in 2015. Chemeketa and more than 80 other colleges and industries will be on display to showcase their offerings to students and their families.

Workshops on applying for college, searching for scholarships and applying for financial aid will be offered. The Inspire Foundation, Salem-Keizer Public Schools and Chemeketa will offer door prizes for elementary, middle and high school students. Currently enrolled Salem-Keizer high school seniors will have a chance to win one of several educational scholarships.

To learn more about the event, contact Kathy Moore at kathy@salemchamber.org or 503.581.1466 x 316.

 


Students learn outside the classroom with Upward Bound

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Ever have the chance to ride jet boats and make kushari in summer school?

During a recent field trip, Upward Bound Summer Academy students visited the Marion Polk Foodshare where Chef Steve Morton taught them how to forage in a garden, access a food box and prepare a healthy meal.

“It was a great learning experience,” says Chemeketa’s Upward Bound director Susan McCaffrey. “Now students can return to the Foodshare to gain community service credit for their high school graduation requirements or to get a food box for their families.”

IMG_0025This year, 22 high school students are participating in Chemeketa’s Upward Bound Summer Academy, a six-week program that provides participants high school creditfor studying literature and math during the summer. In addition, students benefit from learning what it’s like to take classes at a college campus, keeping or improving their skills over the summer and experiencing learning outside of the classroom.

From team-building BBQs, college tours, jet boats and water parks, students will enjoy a number of Friday field trips to balance their summer studies. This year’s Summer Academy will culminate in a four-day adventure to Multnomah Falls, Hood River, The Dalles, Eastern Oregon University (EOU), Bridge of the Gods and the Bonneville Dam. Students will tour the EOU campus and gain a first-hand experience of the landmarks and artifacts they are learning about in class.

“We integrate cultural events in the program to show students places and activities that relate to their learning.” says Susan. “We take them places they probably have never seen. This helps them when they go to college because they’ve been encouraged to take advantage of student activities offered at college campuses.”

Chemeketa’s Upward Bound program serves students from Woodburn Academy of International Studies, North Salem High School and Santiam High School.  Students interested in applying to be a part of the Upward Bound program can visit Chemeketa’s Upward Bound website for more information or contact Susan McCaffrey 503.589.7620.


Most College services closed Fridays July 15-Aug. 26

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Community College will switch to summer hours effective Friday, July 15. The college will be open to the public from 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Thursday; most college services will be closed Fridays, weekends and holidays.

 

 

Summer hours will not affect the following locations or programs —

  • Brooks Training Center
    • Criminal Justice Instruction Program (Brooks)
    • Emergency Services Instruction Programs (Brooks)
  • Building 48 including MaPS Credit Union and Blue Moon Café
  • CCRLS Admin Office
  • Chemeketa’s Capital Projects, Facilities and Information Technology departments
  • Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry (CCBI)
  • Corrections Education
  • Eola/Northwest Wine Studies Center
  • International Student Programs
  • Public Safety officers
  • SOAR Program
  • TRiO Upward Bound Summer Academy
  • Workforce Partners at Woodburn Center

The college will resume Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm office hours Monday, August 29.


Chemeketa Dallas renamed Chemeketa Polk

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Polk CenterThe Chemeketa Board of Education voted June 22 to change the name of its center in Dallas to Chemeketa Polk.

Board chair Betsy Earls, who represents the Polk County portion of the community college district, said the new name more accurately represents Chemeketa’s local sphere of influence.

“We offer classes in Independence as well as Dallas, and we want all the residents of Polk County to think of Chemeketa as their college,” Earls said.

Chemeketa offers a range of college classes at its locations in Dallas and Central High School. This year a Building Inspection degree program has been added to the college curriculum at the Polk Center

There are no plans to move operations and classes from Chemeketa’s Dallas location added Glen Miller, director in charge of the location.

“We’re changing signs and such but we have no plans to leave our home at 1340 SE Holman Avenue,” Miller said.


Students succeed against the odds

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Always keep moving forward. Embrace the road that chooses you. This journey is lifelong.

These are some of the encouraging sentiments made while Chemeketa’s TRiO and College Completion Program (CCP) recognized more than 50 students at the End of Year Banquet June 2.

Guests celebrated the accomplishments of these students, ranging from outstanding GPAs (3.5 or higher), degree completion and attainment of the prestigious Ford Family Scholarship.

And all against incredible odds.

Like Vanessa Galdero, recipient of CCP’s Persistence Award, who started as an insecure ESOL student determined to successfully balance college and family. When she was diagnosed with cancer winter term, she didn’t let her prognosis slow her down. College resources like CCP and the Writing and Tutoring centers gave her the support she needed to focus on school while receiving chemotherapy treatments. She plans to transfer to Western Oregon University in the fall of 2017 to become a Spanish instructor.

And Joey Fugate Jr., recipient of TRiO’s Persistence Award, who overcame hardships throughout his life and credits Chemeketa for helping him achieve a dream he once considered impossible. From placement in special education courses as a child, to coming back to school as an adult with a family, Joey had to overcome learning and personal obstacles and reframe his belief he wasn’t good enough for college. He’ll graduate June 14 having completed Chemeketa’s highest level of math and acing calculus. Joey transfers to Oregon State’s Engineering Program this fall.

“Despite all the people who told me I was too dumb to make it, the biggest challenge I had to overcome was the doubt I placed on myself,” he said.

Guest speakers included former Chemeketa employee Mark Duyck and two TRiO alumni who received recognition for their contributions to their communities.

Joel Gisbert, who was in a gang and living with drug dealers before coming to Chemeketa, completed his Master’s in Social Work at Portland State University and now works with at-risk youth facing challenges similar to his own.

And community organizer Scott Salazar who completed his Master’s in International Business at Dutch University in the Netherlands and has returned to Salem to start his own company and give back to his hometown.

“People like us to do make it,” Joel told the audience. “And we’ve got a story to tell.”

 


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.


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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