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Horticulture student saving our rhodys

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

horticulture student saving rhodysRhododendrons and Oregon go together like springtime and hope. Unfortunately rhodys also go with a beautiful but nasty pest: the azalea lace bug. Chemeketa horticulture student Barry Finley co-authored an article in Digger, the trade publication of the Oregon Nursery Association, about biological alternatives to pesticides for controlling lace bugs.

Lace bugs suck the chlorophyll out of the leaves then excrete their fecal deposits. Nobody wants to see that happen to their shrubs. The conventional practice for controlling this mess is insecticides but that has the drawback of harming beneficial insects, and they are often applied close to people and pets. A natural predator of lace bugs would diminish the risks of using chemicals.

Finley, who is also an intern at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, participated in testing the use of green lacewings to manage lacebugs. Their conclusion is that lacewings are a promising alternative and they intend to do more research.

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 or 503.581.1466 x 316.


Sign up for college alert system

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Sign up for emergency alerts

Chemeketa offers a system to be notified of campus closures and delays due to weather and other reasons.

Follow these steps so you don’t miss out on college closure or email alerts–

  1. Log in to My Chemeketa
  2. Open the “Services” tab
  3. Click on the “Notifications” tab
  4. Follow the directions on the page

You may also visit to log in and sign up for alerts.

If you have questions about this system, please contact the IT Help Desk at 503.399.7899.

What is next for the Oregon Promise

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Oregon Promise Chemeketa 2016They 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.

What’s next?

Our OP students have to meet criteria to maintain their eligibility –

  1. Register for at least half-time (6 credits) fall term 2016
  2. Remain enrolled at least half-time for three consecutive terms each year
  3. Complete and maintain 2.0 GPA
  4. Pass at least 67% of attempted credits
  5. Complete and pass Chemeketa’s First Year Experience class Creating College Success in their first year
  6. 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.


“Still Talking” in gallery through Oct. 28

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Quilts are the medium in the current exhibit in Chemeketa’s Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery.

“Still Talking” features the work of Salem artists Bonnie Hull and Kay Worthington.

Hull and Worthington have been friends for years. “Still Talking” focuses on this long-term friendship and their continued conversations through the art of quilting.

The gallery is located downstairs in Building 3 on the Salem Campus. For gallery hours, visit the gallery’s web page.

Early College peer mentor program launched

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On Wednesday, September 21, High School Partnerships (HSP) held its first Mentor Mingle to kick-off the inaugural year of its student mentor program.

Twelve veteran Early College High School students are volunteering to mentor 30 of their peers transitioning from high school to college classes.

“Our goal is to provide both mentors and mentees with personal and professional development by connecting all Early College students to student services and college life,” said Alejandra Gallegos, High School Partnership department assistant. “We want our students to create a strong bond with Chemeketa as well as support their transition from high school to college culture.”

Throughout the year, mentors will lead activities such as visiting the multicultural
center, getting connected with clubs and organizations and participating in community service activities.

“I want to be a mentor because I feel I can help share with my mentees my mistakes and what I’ve learned from them so they can have an easier path to success,” says student Paula Tamayo.

Abby Hoffar, dean of High School Partnerships, applauded the efforts made by HSP staff and students, declaring the program a prime example of the department’s philosophy of ‘What can we do that best supports our students?’. “The collaboration between our peer mentors and first year students is an opportunity for support and growth for all.”


Chemeketa’s TRiO Talent Search grant renewed

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Trio talent search grant fundedChemeketa’s TRiO Talent Search and Mentor Project grant funds services to help 544 eligible students from North Salem and McKay high schools prepare for college each year.  The project advisors also assist eligible eighth grade students from Houck, Parrish, Waldo and Stephens Middle Schools. The middle school program explores career interests, college programs, and prepares them to successfully transition to North Salem and McKay. The U.S. Department of Education has renewed funding for the program at $261,120 per year for the next five years.  The Talent Search and Mentor Project is 100% federally funded.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to continue to help students explore careers, overcome barriers and successfully progress in their education towards college,” said Susan McCaffrey, Chemeketa TRiO Talent Search and Mentor project coordinator.

TRiO Talent Search and Mentor staff will recruit students fall term from McKay and North Salem to participate in the program.  Eighth grade students from the schools that feed into McKay and North Salem will be recruited in January for career exploration and help understanding how high school class choices and grades affect future opportunities.  TRiO Talent Search students from the middle schools will continue receiving Talent Search and Mentor project services all through high school up until they access college.

The TRiO Talent Search and Mentor program serves schools with qualifying levels of –

  • Low-income families
  • Low levels of adult educational attainment
  • High number of students taking more than four years to graduate
  • Minimal access to rigorous courses
  • Low college-going rates
  • High student-to-counselor ratios
  • Low state assessment test scores

The TRiO Talent Search and Mentor Project provides advising, mentoring and tutoring services to the schools and closely monitors student performance and progress. Students may receive supplemental tutoring, scheduling assistance and/or college and career exploration experiences. They also are supported in getting ready for college with assistance in obtaining financial aid, scholarships, help with college applications and college test preparation.

The Talent Search grant funds one coordinator position, two advising positions, adjunct instructors and part-time tutors at Chemeketa.

Chemeketa staff advocates for migrant education in D.C.

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa staff in Washington D.C.Last month a team of Chemeketa staff members went to Washington DC to meet with Oregon’s Congressional delegation and support efforts of the federal Office of Migrant Education (OME).

Programs offered by the OME include –

  • High School Equivalency Program (HEP) which focuses on providing GED test preparation for students
  • College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) which provides supplemental financial assistance and support services, with the goal of preparing students to continue their education and obtain a degree.

Currently, there are 36 HEP programs and 37 CAMP programs across the country. Chemeketa offers both of these programs.

Chemeketa’s HEP and CAMP delegation met with the offices of Rep. Kurt Schrader and senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden. They sought to advocate for continued and increased funding, along with participating in annual planning and training.

Advocates asked for increased funding of $5 billion to the U. S. Department of Education to support an addition of 11 new programs. They also shared the challenges and successes of both programs as well as the positive impacts and opportunities that students receive from both programs.

Chemeketa’s HEP program serves 70 students per year and is currently entering the third year of a five year grant cycle. CAMP serves 55 first-year students per year.

Results of Chemeketa water quality testing now online

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa water quality testing results onlineA major concern for Oregonians has been the quality of water system, in particular the level of lead contamination.

The college’s facilities department began testing water in the buildings for lead contamination in June 2016, with priority given to buildings providing services to youth.

In order the keep the community informed on these results, the college has created a page on our website to post the results of these tests as they are made available.

The documents show the location each water sample was taken from, in addition to the amount of lead found in the water, shown as parts per billion (ppb). Any result of less than 0.015 is below the actionable level recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. A result showing “ND” means there was not a detectable level of lead.

The water quality page is available here.

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.