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Public Safety Fair is May 13

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On Wednesday, May 13, dozens of first responders, search and rescue and special unit personnel will descend upon the Salem campus quad for the third annual Public Safety & Job fair.

 

 

The Public Safety & Job fair will feature—

  • Volunteer and job opportunities
  • Educational information
  • Patrol vehicles, fire apparatus and medical units
  • Special units, including K9, boat patrol/rescue, aerial ladder, posse
  • Information on search and rescue, emergency preparedness, and first responders

Parking is free to all guests and a BBQ lunch will be available for purchase.

Public Safety & Job Fair
Wednesday, May 13, 10 am-2pm
Salem campus quads

For more information contact Chris Cooper or Kelly Pointer at 503.399.5023 or e-mail pub-safety@chemeketa.edu.


Chemeketa student honored in national essay competition

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa student honored in national essay competitionChemeketa Yamhill Valley student Rachel Shrock-Russell concludes her award-winning essay –

“To everyone else Deer Creek Park was a beautiful county park set in the hills, but to me it was my childhood. It’s where I was free; I learned how to be a true kid of nature. We may have grown up with very little extra money, but with the right imaginations and one amazingly beautiful country park we could have the time of our lives.”

The textbook publisher Pearson awarded Shrock-Russell third place in its national competition for students in developmental writing classes. Her Writing 90 instructor Samuel Snoek-Brown was instrumental to her success. “Doctor Sam urged me,” said Rachel, “and I thought maybe I can go a little further with my writing.”

In an e-mail Snoek-Brown described Rachel as a devoted student, “She holds lofty ideals of what good academics look like for her.”

Shrock-Russell labored through four drafts of her essay before submitting it to the competition. “A lot of it is Dr. Sam’s help,” she said. “He kept advising me to add more detail, ’What did you see there?’ he’d say.”

“My mom, brother Ryan, and I would drive through the hilly country side, singing to Aerosmith, heading to our favorite county park. We usually had our yellow lab Angel in the backseat with us, with her head hanging out of the window. We would drive over the old wooden bridge and turn into the parking area. We would barrel out of our old penny colored Buick, and go racing towards our favorite swimming spot.”

Shrock-Russell has a new adventure in her path. She has been accepted to Ithaca College in New York where she plans to major in psychology with a minor in writing or literature. “It’s a long way from McMinnville, but why not? This is my time, my chance.”

“When I think of my favorite place from when I was a child. It’s a place that is full of adventure, imagination, and new beginnings.”

 


Meet alumnus Dwayne Meier

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

From nurses and hemodialysis techs to fire fighters and EMT, Chemeketa boasts a strong reputation for training local heroes.

But take a moment to think about all the behind-the-scene heroes who work without accolades to keep us alive and well. Like alumnus Dwayne Meier, Project Coordinator for Salem Hospital’s engineering department, whose important work keeps the water clean, air purified and the lights and machines powered during our most vulnerable moments.

For Dwayne, education has always been a hands-on experience. That could be why the 2004 HVAC/R Apprenticeship graduate provides annual tours of the hospital’s facilities to Chemeketa apprenticeship students.

“I met a lot of great people, students and instructors at Chemeketa and I wanted to give back,” Dwayne explains. “The tour gives students a chance to see larger industry equipment in action and shows them the level of craftsmanship, installation and safety to strive for.”

Dwayne’s first enrolled at Chemeketa in 1992 after completing four years of service in the U.S. Navy. Here he took prerequisite courses before transferring to Linn-Benton to earn his Limited Maintenance Electrician (LME) license. Well into his career 24-year, Dwayne took the initiative to return to Chemeketa and continue his education.

“The decision was hard because I would be away from my family in the evenings,” Dwayne recalls, “But when you’re working with HVAC equipment ranging from one to 40 years old, you have to further your knowledge with additional hands-on training to keep up.”

Dwayne credits his mother for his ambitions in lifelong learning. “My mom raised six boys by herself and made it a goal to get her master’s degree,” Dwayne says with pride, tears welling in his eyes. “She met her goal, and she’s my biggest inspiration.”


Apply for Chemeketa scholarships Feb.1-Mar.31

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

New and returning students can now submit their application for Chemeketa scholarships. More than $400,000 in scholarship dollars will be awarded to students for the 2015-16 school year.

To complete your scholarship application visit My Chemeketa and follow these steps. Application deadline is February 1-March 31, 2015.

Types of scholarships available-

  • Merit-based
  • Need-based
  • Degree- or program-specific
  • Community service and school involvement
  • Many, many more

More information is available on the Chemeketa Foundation’s web page or by calling 503.365.4747.


Chemeketa mock trial team holding own with universities

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa mock trial team“Chemeketa Community College goes up against the University of Washington.”

“Chemeketa Community College faces Oregon State University.”

“Chemeketa Community College will square off with the University of Oregon.”

A community college in any sort of competition with large, prominent universities of the Northwest is not common. But a group of Chemeketa students have been doing just that and have been holding their own against their university counterparts.

Meet the mock trial team of Chemeketa Community College.

“They’re the underdogs, and they know it,” said Maria Cruse, a political science instructor at Chemeketa and the team’s adviser.

Underdogs still have their days. At the Emerald City Open tournament in early December, Chemeketa received judging victories against teams from Oregon State University and the University of Washington and finished ahead of OSU and University Of Oregon teams in the final standings.

“It definitely puts us in a position where we feel we need to work that much harder to earn the respect of the judges and the other teams,” student Trey Dean of Keizer said. “When it comes down to competition, we hold our heads high and do our best and know we’re at the same level as our university competitors.”

The team showed off their skills to the Chemeketa community during a showcase in the Salem campus auditorium on Jan. 28, a warm-up for the spring national championship season. The team’s regional tournament is scheduled for Feb. 7 & 8 in Boise.

This is the second year of Chemeketa’s mock trial team, birthed out of Cruse’s background as an attorney and what she saw as a need for students taking her courses.

“My idea behind it was I saw students that were exceptionally bright and wanting some kind of extra activity to challenge themselves outside of class,” Cruse said.

In the case of many of those students, including team captain Jesse Thompson of Silverton, participating in mock trial was a completely unplanned experience.

“When I came to school, I came to school because I had nothing to do,” Thompson said. “Then I go to my first class, political science, and Maria Cruse started to bring up these ideas of mock trial and things beyond just school and why you should be in school.”

Delia Rivera, who came to Chemeketa from Southern California, wound up on the team after she walked into the wrong classroom.

“So I just told myself, ‘you know what, let’s try it out one day and see how it goes’,” she said. “And I actually liked it, so I stuck around.”

Mock trial teams at the community college level are extremely rare. Cruse noted Chemeketa is the only community college with a team in the American Mock Trial Association’s local region, which includes northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah.

Part of the reason for that is simply a matter of the amount of time students are in school compared to universities. Cruse notes teams from four-year schools often have junior and senior students competing, putting Chemeketa at a regular experience disadvantage and having to learn the policy and procedure aspects of mock trial competition in a tighter time frame.

Thompson literally started from scratch last year.

“I remember not even knowing where to begin, like ‘what do I read first?’ None of it made any sense, “ Thompson said. “I hardly knew the difference between defense and prosecution.”

Dean of Social Sciences R. Taylor said another challenge the Chemeketa team faces is the time demands on the team outside of school.

“Many of them have to work, sometimes even more than one job, to support themselves and pay for school,” Taylor said.

Competition is rigorous, and begins in August, when the case students will be using in competitions for the year comes out. The case consists of over 130 pages of documentation and depositions that student will spend months pouring over.

The team spends hours developing theories to be able to prove each side of the case. That’s important, since competitions consist of multiple rounds of head-to-head competition against other schools where the students will take on the roles of both plaintiff and defendant, developing questions for examination, cross-examination and acting as witnesses.

“You have to know your affidavit,” Cruse said. “You have to be able to articulate your team’s position. You have to stay with your team’s theory.”

Thompson said the team meets as a whole or in smaller groups at least four times a week, for several hours at a time. Preparation close to a tournament can include all-day meetings.

“It’s a little more than a part-time job, sometimes,” Thompson said.

But after competition day, Cruse points out, there are important skills students take out of mock trial. These include public speaking and critical thinking. Students are also choosing to stay at Chemeketa to complete their associate’s degrees instead of transferring early to a university, she said.

Dean called mock trial “practice for life”.

“It’s definitely helped increased my active listening skills,” he said. “It also really highlighted my weaknesses as well. I’ve learned areas to put more focus on to become a more successful student.”

College administration have also been strong backers of the team. Taylor traveled up to Seattle to watch the team compete. Executive Dean David Hallett, who like Cruse comes from a law background, said during the showcase having Chemeketa compete in mock trial with the largest universities in the Northwest is a privilege and honor.

“I have deep love and respect for what our students are doing here,” Hallett said. “It means a lot to me personally.”

Personal meaning is seen in Thompson, as competing in mock trial has changed his educational path. He started at Chemeketa without a major and simply wanting to maintain the minimum grades to keep his financial aid, but now wants to either pursue a Ph.D in political science or attend law school.

“It changed every reason why I was in school, let alone where I was going,” he said. “It gave me direction.”

 


Oregon Transfer Days coming to Chemeketa campuses

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Oregon Transfer Days 2012

Chemeketa students can explore the offerings of more than 20 public and private universities during the annual Oregon Transfer Days events at both the Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses.

Started in 2007 to assist community college students in transferring to four-year schools, Oregon Transfer Days brings admissions and recruitment professionals from all seven of Oregon’s public universities along with private and out-of-state universities to all 17 of the state’s community colleges.

In addition, information on the Ford Family Foundation Scholarship program will be available.

The tour of colleges is organized by a task force from the Oregon Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (ORACRAO).

Event dates and times are as follows-

  • Yamhill Valley Campus: 10 am – 1 pm Wednesday, January 21, Building 1.
  • Salem Campus: 10 am – 1 pm Thursday, January 21, Student Center (Building 2)

For more information on Oregon Transfer Days, visit the event’s page on ORACRAO’s website at http://oracrao.org/oregon-transfer-days.

 


Financial aid & scholarship help in Salem & McMinnville Jan. 10

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

From 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, January 10, Chemeketa Community College will host a free event to help students attain money for college.

Experts will be available to help returning college students and high school students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and scholarship applications at both the Salem (Bldg. 6, 4000 Lancaster Drive) and Yamhill Valley (Bldg. 1, 288 NE Norton Lane, McMinnville) campuses.

High school students are encouraged to have a parent accompany them, if possible. Students do not have to be planning to enroll at Chemeketa to get help.

All the following documents should be brought to help complete applications-

  • 2014 federal tax return. If you haven’t filed taxes yet, you can estimate
  • Social Security numbers of student and parents (if any)
  • Other financial records
  • Driver’s license (if any)
  • Alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

Find more information on College Goal Oregon at www.collegegoaloregon.org.


Apply now for fall term 2015

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

It’s a new year and you’re on your way to enrolling as a college student. Not sure where to start? Now is the time to begin Chemeketa’s admission process if you plan to attend fall 2015.

 

 

Here’s how to get started-

January-

February-

March-

April-

May-

June-

  • Check your My Chemeketa account and submit any additional requirements for financial aid

July-

August-

  • Register for classes in My Chemeketa
  • Accept your financial aid award letter

September-

  • Attend new student preview day
  • Classes begin late September

Additional enrollment details are available online for transfer and international students.

For more information about admissions call 503.399.5006 or e-mail getstarted@chemeketa.edu.

 


Funds sought for childcare scholarship match

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Funds sought for childcare scholarshipsThe Chemeketa Community College Foundation is hard at work seeking to raise funds to get the most of a major fund-matching opportunity for scholarships benefitting students with children.

Local philanthropist Larry Tokarski of Mountain West Investments has generously offered to match $35,000 in new donations for childcare scholarships this calendar year.

“Helping our students pay for childcare is our biggest fundraising priority,” Chemeketa Foundation Executive Director Nancy Duncan said.

Some large donations have already come in. Jay Hansen of C. J. Hansen Heating and Air Conditioning is providing a $5,000 donation toward the match.

“We know how important it is to help students overcome barriers to getting a college education,” Hansen said.

With a $15,000 contribution from Bob and Nancy Emrick of McMinnville, the Chemeketa Foundation has raised $25,000 toward the match, leaving another $10,000 to go.

If you are interesting in helping the Foundation reach Tokarski’s matching offer, contact the Chemeketa Foundation before the year ends to discuss your contribution.

Want to learn more? View this brief video of Chemeketa students describing the importance of their Chemeketa Foundation scholarships.


Enroll today – winter term begins Jan. 5

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Winter term registration is open to all current starting December 2 and to new students December 9.

The winter class schedule is available online or search and register for classes in My Chemeketa. Classes begin Monday, January 5.

If you’re a new student, follow these steps before registering –

Other important things –

  • Textbooks are available at Chemeketa’s bookstore starting December 2
  • 2014-15 parking permits are available and are required at the Salem campus. Permits are available at My Chemeketa and the Public Safety window (Bldg. 2, Salem campus)
  • Review the financial aid deadlines for 2014-15

For more information or help getting started, call 503.399.5000.