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Chemeketa’s economic impact to community measured

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa economic impactChemeketa returns more than $4 for every dollar in public funds supplied to it, an economic modeling firm has reported. The economic modelling firm Emsi calculates how the local economy would change if the college and its alumni did not exist.

Among Emsi’s conclusions –

  • The net benefit of the Chemeketa’s operations, employees and students generates more tax dollars than it takes in
  • Chemeketa creates a significant positive impact on local business
  • The colleges return on investment is a net benefit to society

Using data from 2015-16, Emsi calculated –

1) For every dollar that state and local taxpayers give Chemeketa, the college returns $4.10 to government because Chemeketa graduates who stay in the area will earn higher incomes and expand the local tax base

2) Chemeketa and its students added $741.7 million of income to local businesses based on-

  • Chemeketa’s employee payroll
  • College expenditures for operations and construction
  • Relocated and retained students spending
  • The accumulated spending of alumni employed in the region

3) For every dollar spent on Chemeketa, society will receive a cumulative value of $12.80 in benefits due to students’ –

  • Increased income
  • Reduced crime
  • Lower unemployment
  • Better health

 

 


JROTC/ROTC Physical Training Championship is Oct. 28

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

JROTC ROTCChemeketa Community College’s Brooks Regional Training Center will play host to the 2nd Annual ROTC/JROTC Physical Training Championship.

The competition will be held from 8 am to noon Saturday, Oct. 28, at the center, 4910 Brooklane Rd NE in Brooks.

More than 35 teams from four states have already signed up for the competition. In the
competition, five-member high school JROTC and college ROTC teams along with three-
member teams from the community to participate in a team contest of pushups, pullups, situps, a 300-meter dash and 2-mile run.

Proceeds from the event will go toward awards for veteran students through the Chemeketa Community College Foundation.

Team registration for the event is free and can be done at https://chemeketa.thankyou4caring.org/rotc-jrotc- physical-training- championship.

A Yellow Ribbon dinner for participants traveling from out of the area will be held the evening before the competition.

The Oregon National Guard is the commanding general partner for the event.


Chemeketa eligible for Aspen Prize

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa invited to apply for Aspen PrizeEvery two years, the Aspen Institute evaluates nearly 1,000 community colleges in the U.S. to recognize high performing institutions. This year, Chemeketa Community College is on the Institute’s list of 150 colleges eligible for the Aspen Prize. Chemeketa is the sole community college from Oregon in consideration for this prize.

The Aspen Prize is the nation’s signature indicator of community college achievement. To do its assessment, the Aspen Institute convenes a panel of education experts and uses nationally available data on institutional performance, improvement and equity in student retention and completion.

“We appreciate the recognition given our effective work in student success,” said Chemeketa president Julie Huckestein.

Chemeketa plans to accept the Aspen Institute’s invitation to apply for the prize. The college will provide additional qualitative and quantitative information, including institutional data on completion, labor market outcomes, and learning assessment, as well as describing how Chemeketa has achieved and improved student outcomes. The Aspen Prize selection committee will select 10 finalists for site visits and further review. The finalist awarded the Aspen Prize will receive $1 million.


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 related to accreditation and, where appropriate, referred to the appropriate agency.

July 10, 2017


Chemeketa awarded by McMinnville EDP

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Mcminnville EDC awardChemeketa Community College was named the Outstanding Partner of the Year by the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership (MEDP) during the organization’s annual awards and events ceremony on Oct. 3.

In a release from MEDP, Chemeketa’s naming to the award was done because of the college’s long-standing work with MEDP, the McMinnville community, and manufacturers in the area.

Also, Chemeketa and MEDP are working to launch the Chemeketa WORKS internship program at the college’s Yamhill Valley Campus. The program will offer Yamhill Valley students the opportunity to intern with McMinnville-area business throughout the entire year.

MEDP also includes the City of McMinnville, McMinnville Water & Light, McMinnville Industrial Promotions, the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce, and area businesses.


Path to scholarships workshop

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa hosted 60 Salem-Keizer area high school students on Thursday, September 21 at an event titled, “Pathways to Scholarships.” The workshop focused on how to successfully compete for college scholarships.

Gerardo Ochoa, assistant dean for diversity and community partnerships at Linfield College presented the information.

“I am teaching them to write deeply,” Ochoa said. “I want them to develop a good personal narrative so they can tell a compelling story that will attract the interest of scholarship award committees.”

Ochoa urges his audience to not be bitter about the obstacles they face, but rather use challenges to make them better persons.

Paola from West Salem understands Ochoa’s advice, “When I think about what I’ve been through, I can see how those hard things have made me better, and I’m able to help my friends too.”

The event was co-sponsored by Chemeketa, Providence Health System and Univision TV.


“Invisible Light” in gallery Oct. 4 – Nov. 3

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

invisible lightA show in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery will let visitors see what they cannot see normally.

“Invisible Light” will feature infrared images taken by photographer Rich Bergeman.

The show will be featured in the gallery from Oct. 4 to Nov. 3. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Oct. 4 from 12:30pm-2:30 pm with a talk by Bergeman at 1:30 pm.

Cameras with either special black and white film or digital cameras with converted sensors are capable of taking photographs at the infrared range, which are wavelengths longer than light waves visible to the human eye.

In his artist’s statement, Bergeman said taking photography in infrared shows a world quite different than the one normally seen. Organic objects like plants reflect more infrared, making them appear bright in pictures while inorganic items like rock and water are darker.

“This can result in dramatic skies, deep black water surfaces and snowy-looking landscapes,” Bergeman wrote.

Using black and white film for infrared photography builds on Bergeman’s previous work in traditional black and white photography, he said, to take people viewing his work “into scenes with a surreal, dream-like, even ghostly
quality.”

More information, including gallery hours, will be available on the gallery’s webpage.


Planetarium features Saturn

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Saturn is the true Lord of the Rings.  See Saturn in this full-dome presentation as we appreciate the many new images captured by the Cassini spacecraft over a 13 years period.

After a seven year journey from earth, the two-story Cassini spacecraft began orbiting Saturn in July, 2004.  This mission of exploration ended in September 2017 following a successful close-up look at the planet and a final decent into it.

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

The Chemeketa Planetarium is located in Building 2, Room 171 on the Chemeketa Salem Campus off Lancaster Dr.  Follow the signs to the Blue parking lot and enter Building 2.

Tickets are sold at the door about 15 minutes before show time.  Seating is limited to 60 and sorry, admission is not possible once the show begins.  Seat reservations are not taken at this time.  For more information, please call 503.399.5246.


Language classes taught on Saturdays

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa  will offer language classes on Saturday mornings this fall term, beginning September 30, and run through December 12.

All classes meet from 9-12:50, and are held on the Salem Campus.

Courses include –

 

  • Chinese 101 (CRN 41402)
  • French 101 (CRN 32820)
  • Spanish 101 (35404)

Students may enroll for credit, or audit the class if they do not want a grade. “The classes are really convenient for working folks who want to learn a language,” says Cecelia Monto, dean of education and humanities.

The classes combine a mix of speaking, reading and writing ability. For more information contact the languages department, 503.399.5140.


Celebrate Latino Culture

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Yamhill Valley is hosting an important community event Saturday, September 9 from 11 am to 4 pm.

Sabor Latino is an annual celebration of the Latino community in Yamhill County.  The event highlights music, dance, and food.  Local resource organizations also provide information about their services to the community.