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What do you want to see in Chemeketa’s next president?

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa presidential searchChemeketa is entering the first phase of its search for a new president. As part of that process, the Board of Education is seeking feedback from community members, faculty, staff and students on what they believe a new president should be like.

An online form is available to submit your thoughts and comments.

In addition, open community forums will be held throughout Chemeketa’s district. The dates and times of those forums are as follows:

  • Woodburn: Sept. 19, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m., Chemeketa Woodburn Center
  • Dallas: Oct. 6, 5 p.m., Chemeketa Dallas Center
  • Silverton: Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Silverton City Council Chambers
  • Salem: Oct. 8, 3 p.m. & 5:30 p.m., Salem campus Building 2
  • McMinnville: Oct. 9, 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m., Yamhill Valley campus

College closed Sept. 15

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

College closed Sept. 16Chemeketa Community College will be closed on Monday, Sept. 15 for a staff inservice day.

Normal college operations will resume Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Chemeketa hosts Oregon Mission of Mercy

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Oregon Mission of MercyThe Oregon Dental Association’s annual Mission of Mercy is came to Chemeketa Community College’s Salem campus on July 11 & 12.

An annual event, the Mission of Mercy provides completely free dental care to people in need. In total, 998 dental professionals and community volunteers came together to provide over $700,000 worth of dental care in 6,533 procedures for 1,255 patients.

The clinic was held in the gymnasium (Building 7) along with the state-of-the-art dental clinic in Building 8. The dental clinic was built as part of the new Building 8 funded by the 2006 bond measure.

This is the first time Mission of Mercy will be hosted in Salem. Previous events have been held in Portland and Medford.

Photos from the Mission of Mercy events are available for viewing here.

Surplus Chemeketa items available through online auctions

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa surplus items up for auctionChemeketa Community College’s Facilities & Operations department has begun posting surplus items up for auction at the website GovDeals.

The webpage will continually have surplus items from the college available to be bid on. Details on the terms of each auction are available on the website.

To see what items are currently available for auction, click on the Chemeketa Community College section of GovDeals.

Most college services closed Fridays July 4-Aug.29

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa will switch to summer hours starting Friday, July 4. The college will be open to the public 8 am to 5 pm Monday through 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 Cafe
  • Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry
  • Chemeketa Online technical support
  • Corrections Education
  • Eola/Northwest Wine Studies Center
  • International Student Programs
  • Motorcycle classes
  • OIT Dental Clinic (through August 1)
  • SOAR Program
  • TRiO Upward Bound Summer Academy
  • Workforce Partners at Woodburn Center

The college will resume regular 8 am to 5 pm weekday office hours Tuesday, September 2.

2014 Graduation set for June 17

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa’s 57th annual graduation ceremony will be held at 6 pm, Tuesday, June 17 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion (2330 17th Street NE, Salem). Free parking is available in the lot off Sunnyview Road near 17th Street NE. Tickets are required.

Nearly 800 students of post-secondary degree and certificate programs, Winema High School and high school equivalency and general equivalency programs will be awarded diplomas.

More information on the 2014 graduation can be found here or by calling 503.399.6588.

Julie Huckestein named Chemeketa interim president

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa presidential transition plan announcedThe Chemeketa Board of Education voted May 21 to appoint Julie Huckestein interim president of the community college district. In announcing her appointment, the Board stated that leadership in the accreditation renewal process and college budget are clear priorities for next year. Huckestein will assume her new role July 1 after current president Cheryl Roberts departs to become president of Shoreline Community College in Seattle.

Huckestein is a 13-year veteran of the college who currently serves as vice president for college support services and chief financial officer.

“We have complete confidence in Julie to lead Chemeketa through this transition. The college is in good hands,” said Chemeketa board chairperson, Ed Dodson.

Huckestein said her interim presidency will build on Chemeketa’s strengths. “We have a clear priority on teaching and learning, a stable financial situation and dedicated members of our Board of Education, faculty and staff,” she said.

Huckestein will not be a candidate for the permanent position. The search for Chemeketa’s next district president will begin with college and community forums in the fall to gather input on the attributes to seek in a successful candidate. Chemeketa intends to open the application process before winter. A search committee comprised of board members, faculty, staff, students and community representatives is expected to begin screening candidates in early 2015. The Board will interview finalists and hopes to announce Chemeketa’s next district president in spring of 2015.

Chemeketa saving taxpayers $2.3 million on bond projects

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa presidential transition plan announcedThe Chemeketa Board of Education voted last night to authorize issuing the final $14 million of the $92 million general obligation bonds voters approved with a majority vote in 2008. Additionally, Chemeketa anticipates that it will save taxpayers an estimated $2.3 million by refinancing the original debt at a lower rate and paying off the obligation a year early.

Chemeketa has used proceeds from the bonds to construct new facilities in Brooks, McMinnville and Salem. The final phase of the building program will be an applied technology classroom building on the Salem campus.   That project breaks ground this summer and will open to students fall of 2015. The applied technology classroom building will house training programs for technicians preparing to work in emerging industries.


Chemeketa presidential transition plan announced

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa presidential transition plan announcedChemeketa’s Board of Education decided on a preliminary plan to find the college’s next president during a special public meeting on April 29.

Cheryl Roberts will end her tenure as Chemeketa president on June 30. She has accepted a new position as president at Shoreline Community College in Washington.

Starting July 1, an interim president will take office who will serve until a permanent president is hired. The interim president will be a current Chemeketa employee with broad experience and knowledge of college operations and will not be a candidate for the permanent presidency. The Board will vote to name an interim president at its regular meeting on May 21.

The board has also approved a preliminary timeline for its presidential search:

  • October: College and community forums will be held
  • November: The position will be opened and a search committee composed of board members, faculty, staff, students and community representatives will be formed
  • January 2015: The committee will begin screening candidates
  • February 2015: Finalists will be interviewed
  • March/April 2015: New president will be announced


Chemeketa signs onto climate action commitment

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

President Roberts sign climate committmentChemeketa Community College will undertake a goal of reducing the college’s net greenhouse gas emissions to zero after President Cheryl Roberts signed a commitment document.

Chemeketa joined 680 other colleges and universities as signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The commitment was signed April 15 during a Pizza & Politics event in the Student Center on the Salem campus.

“We believe this commitment is the best way to move our college sustainability policy into operations,” said Roberts, “because it gives us clear measures and a better structure for making progress. We have reasonable benchmarks and timeframes to work with, and we are already doing much of what the commitment calls for.”

“At Chemeketa, we make promises and commitments to the community,” Roberts added.

The commitment calls on the college to initiate a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible, take an inventory of the college’s current greenhouse gas emissions and start tangible actions to reduce the college’s greenhouse gas emissions while the comprehensive plan is under development.

The comprehensive plan, which the college will have two years to complete, will include a target date for the college’s operations to be climate-neutral, make climate neutrality and sustainability part of the college’s curriculum, and put mechanism in place for tracking the college’s progress on goals and actions.

All of these documents and progress reports will be submitted to the ACUPCC, where they will be made publicly available.

More information on the ACUPCC can be found at