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Prepare for the Great Eclipse

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Solar EclipseChemeketa is offering special showings of “Eclipse: The Sun Revealed” to help the community appreciate the total eclipse of the sun on August 21.

This show includes a journey through the historical and cultural view of eclipses, the geometry that permits them to occur and safety hints on how to see this rare event.

All our Planetarium shows include a brief introduction that explores the night sky over Salem during this time of year.

The showings will start at 7:30 pm in the Building 6 auditorium on the Salem Campus on-

  • Sunday, July 23
  • Monday, August 7
  • Thursday, August 17

Admission-
The auditorium can accommodate approximately 400 guests. Tickets can be purchased with cash or check at the door.

  • Adults: $5
  • Children under 12: Free

Parking-

  • Follow the signs to the Bldg. 6 auditorium and park in the Purple lot
  • No parking pass is required for guests during these shows
  • Download a campus map

Chemeketa reduces tuition for 2017-18

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa reduces tuitionChemeketa is rolling back its in-state 2017-18 tuition from $85 to $84 per credit.

The Chemeketa Board of Education approved in February a tiered approach to tuition costs. If State Legislature funding remained the same, tuition would increase by $5 per credit. If funding increased, tuition would increase $4 per credit.

The college budget approved in June was based on an assumed $550 million allocation. The actual allocation of $570 million the Legislature approved in July triggered the $1 per credit decrease.

Summer term students who were charged $85 will receive a credit or refund for any overpayment.

The $84 tuition charge combined with a $15 fee brings the per credit unit cost to a total of $99 for the 2017-18 school year.


SITE VISIT NOTICE- AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Community College LogoIn compliance with the American Dental Association Commission on Accreditation policy on Third Party Comments, this notice is to inform all interested parties that the Chemeketa Community College Dental Assisting Program is scheduled for their site visit on November 2-3, 2017.

Third-party comments relative to the Commission’s accredited programs may include comments submitted by interested parties such as faculty, students, program administrators, Commission consultants, specialty and dental-related organizations, patients, and/or consumers. Interested parties should submit comments to the Commission using the following guidelines:

  • All comments relative to the programs being visited are due in the Commission office no later than sixty (60) days prior to each program’s site visit to allow time for the program to respond.
  • Comments must be signed. Only signed comments will be considered. Signatures will be removed from comments prior to forwarding them to the program.
  • Comments must pertain only to the standards for the particular program or policies and procedures used in the Commission’s accreditation process. Comments will be screened by Commission staff for relevancy.
  • A copy of the accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 1/800-621-8099, extension 4653.
  • For those individuals who are interested in submitting comments, requests may be made to the Commission office.

For comments not relevant to these issues, the individual will be notified that the comment is not relat4ed to accreditation and, where appropriate, referred to the appropriate agency.

July 10, 2017


Earn Payroll Certificate in Saturday Classes

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Student Abby RichardsonBeginning fall term, 2017 Chemeketa’s accounting program will offer students the opportunity to earn a certification in payroll in Saturday classes.

“This is a great opportunity for employed professionals to add a payroll specialty to their professional skill set,” said instructor Lana Tuss, CPA.

Student Abby Richardson completed the program this past year, “My employer is already benefitting from my education,” she said.

The three-term sequence of classes feature two hours of in-class instruction on Saturdays with coursework completed online. Courses to earn the credential are –

Fall Term 2017

BA 211 Financial Accounting 1 Saturday, 9-10:50 am

Winter Term 2018

BA117 Payroll Saturday, 9-10:50 am
BA228 Computer Accounting Applications Saturday, 11 am-12:50 pm

Spring Term 2018

BA224 Human Resource Management Saturday, 9-10:50 am
BA276 Advanced Payroll Saturday, 11 am-12:50 pm

Completion of the certificate prepares students to compete for jobs as a payroll specialist or start their own payroll service.

All of the classes may be applied to the AAS Accounting degree and are transferable to Oregon Universities.


Chemeketa holds 61st commencement

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

They believed. They achieved. They did it.

Chemeketa held its 61st commencement ceremony June 20 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion, awarding degrees and certificates to 688 graduates.

“I urge you to use your new knowledge and skills to continue to open your mind to new possibilities,” President Julie Huckestein told the graduates. “Education is power. Use it wisely and no matter what else you do in life, no one can ever take your education away from you.”

Board of Education Chairperson Ron Pittman compared education to his background in insurance sales.

“Insurance helps us manage the risk of uncertainty,” Pittman said. “I can’t say that your education will safeguard you completely, but I have no doubt it will strengthen you ability to respond to hard times and uncertainty.”

You can view the Facebook photo album by Terri Jacobson by clicking this link.

Below you can view a commencement highlight video provided by AO Films along with the student highlight video shown during the ceremony.


Theater Classes Return to Chemeketa

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Jay Gipson KingActing and theater appreciation classes return to Chemeketa fall term. Local theater veteran Jay Gipson-King authored the curriculum and will teach the classes.

Gipson-King knows his way around the footlights. He wrote, produced and acted in his first play for a seventh grade talent show. Since then Gipson-King has been very active in the Salem theater scene and taught theater at Chemeketa before classes were suspended in 2011.

The Acting 1 class (CRN:TA141) focuses on using the instruments of body, voice and mind. Gipson-King maintains acting is easy until we have to stand on stage and say words in front of people, “That’s when we get the sweats and forget what to do with our hands.”

Gipson-King intends to create a safe place for acting students to take risks, “We’ll play lots of games and fun exercises.”

Intrinsic benefits for students taking the acting class according to Gipson-King include increased self-confidence, better public speaking skills, improved teamwork, stronger trust and deeper empathy.

The Theater Appreciation Class (CRN: TA110) will provide opportunities to read, watch and discuss plays.

“It will help students appreciate all forms of performance, like TV and movies, and not just the stage,” says Gipson-King.

Both classes fulfill arts and letters requirements for transferring to Oregon universities.

For more information, email jay.gipson.king@chemeketa.edu.


“Make yourself a safe place”

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Nicole MainsThere is an uncommon rapport between Nicole and Wayne Maines that you might not expect at first. The long-legged young woman in strappy heels and the dad-bodied man in ill-fitting khakis don’t appear to be a pair until you sense their love for each other and hear their story. The Maines spoke in the Chemeketa Auditorium on Thursday, June 8. Their talk reinforced the message of the book about their family, Becoming Nicole: the Transformation of an American Family.

Nicole was designated male at birth and started expressing a feminine identity at the age of three. Her father Wayne had very rigid expectations for how boys should behave, and he struggled to accept this family dynamic.

“I was the one who needed to transition,” Wayne told the crowd. “Nicole always knew who she was.”

Nicole as a young adult is grounded and forthright in telling her story. She’s had years to practice. Since childhood she would introduce herself as “a boy who wants to be a girl.” She paid all the prices, such as bullying and alienation, but her spunky spirit and the support of her family pulled her through the dark times.

Now she and her father advocate for transgender individuals and their families. She urges open communication and acceptance of transgender individuals as just another flavor in the melting pot that is our culture.

The Maines note that great progress has been made. For example the appearance of transgender characters in popular entertainment is helping to reduce the stigma. They worry about slipping back though and cite the removal of federal protection for transgender individuals.

“Now that it’s left up to the states,” Nicole reported, “I could be fired or evicted in over half the country.”

“What you can do in response,” said Wayne, “is to make yourself a safe place.”

 


NW Wine Studies Center open house

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Ken WrightOver 200 hundred wine lovers gathered at Chemeketa’s Northwest Wine Studies Center May 18 to sip and savor the fruits of student and alumni labor. The event was a celebration of the natural bounty of our region, the professionals who craft these resources for our benefit and the education that makes our joy possible.

Kevin Green, who studied in Chemeketa’s program over a decade ago was showcasing his first bottling, La Randonnee, praised the networking opportunities associated with Chemeketa, “I contacted an old classmate who has a vineyard, and was able to make my first wine with his fruit.”

Current Chemeketa student Ben Martin is the co-founder of Dauntless Wine. He is a former member of the Marine Corps and will donate the annual net revenue of his company to veteran services. His dream is to buy a vineyard where he could employ disabled vets. Martin was honored at the event with the Emerging Leader award.

Two Student of the Year awards went to Jacob Sembler and Danny Jaffer.

The Legacy Builder Award went to Ken Wright who urged students and veterans of the industry with hard-earned lessons from experience. For example, Wright’s advice for winemakers is to take a keen interest in the vineyard. “You must control the soil and vines for the fruit to sing in your wine.”

Wright has been a big advocate for wine education supporting both Chemeketa and Yamhill-Carlton High Schools programs. He describes himself as a life-long learner, “You will never know it all, but you must try.”


Chemeketa Instructor Receives Community Educator of the Year Award

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

GwenEllyn Anderson imageThe Oregon Association of Community and Continuing Education gave Chemeketa instructor GwenEllyn Anderson its Community Educator of the Year award at a May 3 event.

 

A student from Andersons French for Travelers class nominated her for the award, citing in the entry, “GwenEllyn is probably the most creative teacher I have ever had.  She presents the material through lecture, interactive games of various sorts, videos, and dialogue, to name a few of the things she has used.”

 

Anderson has worked at Chemeketa since 1991 and was among the first faculty to teach online classes for the college. She describes herself as a brain-based educator which means she applies her understanding of how the human mind works at various life stages to create interactive, meaningful lessons.

 

Anderson says the honor is especially gratifying as she contemplates retirement, “But who am I kidding? I’ve been teaching since I was 4 years old and had younger siblings to play school with. Teaching is in my blood, and I’ll find some way to teach no matter where I go or what I do in my life.”

 

The French for Travelers class is just one of the hundreds of noncredit classes Chemeketa offers the community each quarter. For more information, call 503.399.4949.


Molleson elected PTK vice president

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Donnie Molleson imageDonnie Molleson’s mind is expansive and open. Donnie may be retired but he’s not done learning or contributing. His recent election to be regional vice president of the Rocky Mountain Cascade Region chapter of the community college honors society Phi Theta Kappa is just Donnie’s latest accomplishment.

Donnie retired after an 18 year career as a computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He enrolled at Chemeketa three years ago even though he already had two associate degrees and a bachelor’s degree. He is currently studying business management after exploring electrical engineering at Chemeketa.

“I’m spending my retirement learning new things,” Donnie said.

Donnie was elected vice president at the PTK’s spring regional convention. He campaigned on a platform rich with passion for the honors society and his eagerness to serve.

“I’m excited about being involved and my management studies coupled with my experience in student leadership will be a good fit for what PTK needs now,” said Donnie.

Chemeketa’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter supports excellent students striving for academic achievement and leadership opportunities.