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Changes coming to Chemeketa Wi-Fi network

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Changes coming to Chemeketa Wi-FiTo provide better service to wireless users, Chemeketa’s Information Technology will be turning on user authentication for the college’s Wi-Fi network during the weekend of Aug. 21-23. After this change, students and employees will be required to log in through a webpage with their My Chemeketa username and password to use college Wi-Fi.

To connect to Chemeketa’s Wi-Fi network after the change:

  1. Connect to the Wi-Fi network of your choice (CCCEmployee for employees, and CCCStudent for students)
  2. You should get redirected to a login page
  3. Use your My Chemeketa username and password
 to log in
  4. You are connected

Note: Most devices will either redirect you automatically to the login page, or alert you that additional actions are necessary to connect to the Internet. If this does not happen, browse to a non-secure site and you should be redirected to the login page.

Should you have any issues getting connected, please contact the IT Help Desk at 503.399.7899.


Information about college tuition and the Oregon Promise

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

The Oregon Promise is a new, state-funded program to help pay the costs of a community college education beginning in the 2016-17 academic year. It has been publicized as free tuition, though that isn’t completely accurate.

Chemeketa has a web page with information available so far on the Oregon Promise.

Since all information being provided to Oregon’s community colleges is coming from the state, questions about the Oregon Promise are best directed to the Office of Student Access and Completion.


Chemeketa wine added to Mahonia Hall cellar

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

If you ever find yourself at dinner in the home of Oregon’s governor, you can now request Chemeketa Community College’s finest vintage.

Chemeketa donated six cases of wine to the wine cellar of Mahonia Hall, the official Salem residence of the state’s governors.

The wine, three cases each of 2008 Pinot noir and 2012 Chardonnay, was produced at the Northwest Wine Studies Center at Chemeketa Eola.

“2008 was a great vintage in the mid-Willamette and the Chemeketa Wine Studies students did a great job making a fine wine that continues to show well, representing the best of Oregon pinot noirs,” said Joel F. Keebler, Chemeketa’s dean of agricultural sciences.

Instructors and several students in Chemeketa’s Wine Studies programs presented the wine to Gov. Kate Brown during a reception held in honor of Oregon’s wine industry on July 15.


Chemeketa rescinds tuition increase

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa rescinds tuition increaseChemeketa students will pay the same amount as last year for a college credit, $94.

The Chemeketa Board of Education had approved charging $96 for the 2015-16 academic year with the contingency that if state funding exceeded $535 million dollars over the next two years, the $2 increase would be rescinded. The Legislature allocated $550 million to Oregon’s community colleges for the biennium.

Chemeketa will automatically refund students enrolled in summer term $2 per credit.


Marijuana prohibited at Chemeketa

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Marijuana prohibited at ChemeketaWhile Oregon legalized the recreational use of marijuana July 1, the use of marijuana will remain prohibited on property owned or operated by Chemeketa Community College.

Furthermore, being under the influence of marijuana is not allowed on property owned or operated by Chemeketa.


Engineering student awarded Ford Family Scholarship

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

From groundskeeper to Ford Scholar, Jesse Ulibarri’s college experience has been one of tremendous growth – and he’s not stopping anytime soon.

A homeschooled student raised in Silverton, Jesse felt well-prepared academically and developed a deep interest in math and science. Despite his love of learning, the idea of attending a large public college was intimating and Jesse wasn’t sure he was ready.

It took two years working at water system company and as a landscaper to realize he didn’t want to be a laborer or serviceman all his life.

“I like working with my hands but I was bored. I wanted to put my math and science skills to work,” Jesse recalls. “I heard Chemeketa’s Engineering program would give me a good head start at a degree and career in the field.”

Jesse credits Chemeketa for not only surpassing his expectations but for providing experiences that prepared him for the next chapter of his educational journey – transferring to Oregon State University’s College of Engineering with a Ford Family Scholarship.

Jesse is one of 120 students selected to be a Ford Family Scholar, an honor that will pay for 90% of the cost to attend OSU. “I was really excited to hear I was a recipient. It’s quite a bit of stress release. I won’t have to work as much which means I’ll have more time to dedicate to school,” says Jesse.

He firmly believes his scholarship writing class and his job as a Chemeketa tutor set him apart from the thousands of other applicants. “Tutoring for over two years helped show the Ford Family Foundation that I enjoy working with people and that my values line up with theirs.”

Jesse will enjoy the camaraderie of other Chemeketa engineering students who’ll transfer alongside him this fall, a group he’s grown to consider his extended family. He plans to continue tutoring math, science and engineering privately, believing that the best way to learn something is to teach it.

When asked what he’d tell someone in his former position, who felt stuck or unsure of their next steps, Jesse offers encouraging words.  “Aim high,” he urges, “Pick something you’re decently good at, come up with a plan. If it’s too much it’s not the end of the world.  You just have to start.”

 


Chemeketa celebrates 2015 graduation

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Graduation 2015Chemeketa’s 2015 graduation ceremony at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion June 16 brought together about three thousand spectators, over 600 participating candidates and 185 faculty, staff and board members.

Yet, the number that is most significant is one.

Graduation matters one person at a time. For our graduates, it’s waiting for one name to be called, yours.

It’s seeing that one person who knows the challenges you overcame.

It’s finding the friend who encouraged you through the toughest times.

Among the honors given to graduates included associate’s degrees, certificates, high school diplomas and GEDs.

Video of student testimonials.

Photos from the 2015 graduation.


Small Business Management celebrates success

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Small Business ManagementThe Peytons were the first to address the audience. The wife-husband team who run Personalized Independence, a corporation that serves adults who are intellectually delayed or developmentally disabled, are part of this year’s class in Chemeketa’s Small Business Management program. Jennie Peyton appreciated the opportunity for perspective, “This program gave us a time and place to think about the business not just do it.”

Marcia Bagnall, director of Chemeketa’s Small Business Development Center summarized results from this year’s program –

  • 76 business owners and key staff participated from 57 businesses located in 11 cities
  • Participants had 500 years of cumulative business experience
  • Their collective gross revenue the year prior to the program was $41.7 million (2013)
  • Their collective gross revenue the year they participated in the program was $46.3 million (2014)
    • The $4.6 million of additional revenue represents an 11% increase from the prior year
  • Employment at the participating businesses increased from 452 to 482 employees in the same timeframe

Chemeketa planning 50-year reunion for fire program

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Fire program reunionChemeketa Community College has been educating firefighters since 1965, and graduates of the program serve in fire departments throughout Oregon.  Former students, graduates family members and anyone else associated with the program are invited to attend a three-day celebration scheduled for September 11-13.

The festivities begin with a Friday evening wine and beer tasting at the Chemeketa Eola Northwest Wine Studies Center. Saturday’s fun will include a golf tournament at the Santiam Golf Club, a motorcycle poker run and a barbecue. Sunday will conclude with an open house at the Chemeketa Brooks Regional Training Center.

All proceeds from the reunion will support emergency service scholarships at Chemeketa. Registration and additional information can be found at go.chemeketa.edu/brooks or on Facebook at Chemeketa Emergency Services 50th Anniversary Weekend.

Event information details


Chemeketa hires new executive dean

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Claire OliverosClaire Oliveros, PhD is the new executive dean of student development and learning resources at Chemeketa Community College. In that role, she will lead the departments that provide student support services like enrollment, counselling and financial aid. Vice President Jim Eustrom announced the hire, “Claire is a great match for our division, our college and community.” She begins August 1, 2015.

Oliveros has nearly 20 years of higher education and community college experience primarily at Portland Community College. She was most recently PCC’s director of TRIO Student Support Services. TRiO is a federally funded program offering educational opportunity for low-income, first generation, and disabled students. She has doctorate degree in education from Oregon State University with a specialization in community college leadership. Oliveros is looking forward to her next opportunity, “I am excited to become a part of Chemeketa because of its commitment to diversity, equity and student success.”

Oliveros is a TRIO graduate and the first in her family to earn a college degree. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from Western Oregon University and earned a Master of Science degree in education, policy, and administrative studies from Portland State University.

During her tenure at PCC, Oliveros led college efforts to link critical theory and practice. She developed student and staff programs to create a more welcoming and inclusive campus environment using interactive forum theater and strategies for difficult dialogues.

“I am committed to creating programs and services that build community for students affected by institutional oppression in higher education,” she said.