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While some students will use the summer as a time to relax and recoup, student Hannah Solorzano will be helping make the world a more secure place.
Hannah, a second year Computer Science student from Dayton, is one of three students selected for a summer internship with Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab, an organization working to advance software programs that are available for anyone to use freely.
She’ll work side by side with some of OSU’s engineers developing open source software and learning about Developmental Operations (DevOp) system hosting, or how software developers and those who manage its operations collaborate for success.
In essence, she’ll help maintain and support the free software that is used to power and secure much of the world wide web.
From her internship, Hannah hopes to learn more about the process of developing software and other applications as well as how to increase the overall security of the final products. “I look forward to collaborating with other coders to create DevOp software along with learning new programming languages and expanding my abilities in the languages I already know,” she says.
Hannah plans to transfer to OSU to earn a Computer Science degree with a concentration in Cyber Security. From there she’ll pursue her Certified Information Security Systems (CISSP) credentials and enter a career as a Security Systems Engineer.
“Hannah has been interested in cyber-security since her first days in the CS program,” says Computer Science instructor Andrew Scholer. “It is a field that requires depth of knowledge in multiple areas and real world experience working with software systems. I think this internship will be a great opportunity to pick up some real world exposure to compliment the strong work she is doing in the classroom to master the skills she will need in this field.”
Always keep moving forward. Embrace the road that chooses you. This journey is lifelong.
These are some of the encouraging sentiments made while Chemeketa’s TRiO and College Completion Program (CCP) recognized more than 50 students at the End of Year Banquet June 2.
Guests celebrated the accomplishments of these students, ranging from outstanding GPAs (3.5 or higher), degree completion and attainment of the prestigious Ford Family Scholarship.
And all against incredible odds.
Like Vanessa Galdero, recipient of CCP’s Persistence Award, who started as an insecure ESOL student determined to successfully balance college and family. When she was diagnosed with cancer winter term, she didn’t let her prognosis slow her down. College resources like CCP and the Writing and Tutoring centers gave her the support she needed to focus on school while receiving chemotherapy treatments. She plans to transfer to Western Oregon University in the fall of 2017 to become a Spanish instructor.
And Joey Fugate Jr., recipient of TRiO’s Persistence Award, who overcame hardships throughout his life and credits Chemeketa for helping him achieve a dream he once considered impossible. From placement in special education courses as a child, to coming back to school as an adult with a family, Joey had to overcome learning and personal obstacles and reframe his belief he wasn’t good enough for college. He’ll graduate June 14 having completed Chemeketa’s highest level of math and acing calculus. Joey transfers to Oregon State’s Engineering Program this fall.
“Despite all the people who told me I was too dumb to make it, the biggest challenge I had to overcome was the doubt I placed on myself,” he said.
Guest speakers included former Chemeketa employee Mark Duyck and two TRiO alumni who received recognition for their contributions to their communities.
Joel Gisbert, who was in a gang and living with drug dealers before coming to Chemeketa, completed his Master’s in Social Work at Portland State University and now works with at-risk youth facing challenges similar to his own.
And community organizer Scott Salazar who completed his Master’s in International Business at Dutch University in the Netherlands and has returned to Salem to start his own company and give back to his hometown.
“People like us to do make it,” Joel told the audience. “And we’ve got a story to tell.”
Students may begin earning a building inspection technology associates degree at Chemeketa this fall. The curriculum covers classes on building codes, plan review, inspection techniques, and construction materials as well as courses in mathematics, communication skills, and public relations.
“The earning potential is quite strong,” said Glen Miller, the director in charge of the program. The State of Oregon estimates the average annual salary for this field to be over $60,000 with numerous job openings a year statewide.
Miller recommends that program applicants have experience in the construction industry. They must have at least a high school diploma or GED. After enrolling in Chemeketa, applicants may apply for the Building Inspection Technology program. See the steps to enroll in the program on the college website. Enrollment is limited and priority given to those who meet the application.
Applicants must also attend a mandatory orientation and registration session Tuesday, August 9, 6 pm to 8 pm at the Chemeketa Dallas Center.
Download the application here, pick one up at the Chemeketa Dallas Center located at 1340 SE Holman Ave., Dallas OR, 97338 or call 503.623.5567 for more information.
Chemeketa’s growing music program will be providing not one, but two opportunities to enjoy the musical talents of our students —
Spring Orchestra & Band Concert
Wednesday, June 1, 7 pm, West Salem High School
Spring Choir Concert
Sunday, June 5, 7 pm, Salem campus auditorium (Building 6)
Theme is “All That Jazz” and will feature special guests The 14th Street Jazz Band from North Salem High School.
There is a suggested donation of $5.
Early last September, Joe Shepard sat parked in his car outside Chemeketa Winema watching as backhoes hauled furniture and debris from the abyss.
He was interviewing to be the instructor for Winema’s newly minted Robotics program all while witnessing the transformation of Building 51 – dubbed ‘the abyss’ by staff – from a dingy surplus storage area to a hands-on learning environment for high school students.
Vision, advocates and months of hard work from facilities turned the pipe dream into a possibility and Chemeketa Winema is now well on its way to supporting students interested in engineering, manufacturing, prototyping and product development and design.
“There is now a pathway for Winema students to enter career tech programs at Chemeketa,” says Susan Murray, Executive Dean of Academic Progress and Regional Education Services. “We are so appreciative and have so many people to thank.”
Joe praises the Robotics program for helping students not only learn problem solving, teamwork and creativity, but for igniting a passion for learning. “These students say ‘I’m here to get this done’.”
“There are many plusses to this program,” mirrors Abby Hoffar, Dean of High School Partnerships. “Students have to work on design and assembly as a team. There’s brainstorming and dissonance, and they have to work it out together so the program is teaching soft skills too.”
“And they are really proud of their accomplishments,” she says.
Four students who’ve risen to the role of team leaders for Winema’s robotics team, the Winema Wattmasters, demonstrated their VEX creations for Chemeketa’s Board of Education, staff and program supporters at the Robotics Open House on May 18.
VEX is a highly regarded international STEM activity for middle and high school students that releases a new parts kit and engineering challenge game each year.
The Wattmasters, along with teams from Dallas, West, South and North Salem highs and the Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School, will start developing robots based on the 16-17 VEX kit and challenge game starting in September and take to the road for weekend tournaments mid-November.
To level the playing field, Winema plans to host 2-3 teams on weekdays for area students who can’t travel out of town on weekends.
Winema Robotics has many additional goals for the future, including—
- Organize the College’s robotic teams
- Develop a maker lab that includes 3D printing, laser cutter and machinery to work with iron, aluminum, vinyl and wood
- Develop a CADD lab
- Use robotics to experiment with innovative horticulture and agriculture techniques
- Host a VEX Robotics State Championship
For now, students will enjoy a wide variety of experiential opportunities to foster and support their imagination, innovation and ability to collaborate. Abby adds, “What could be better for their education, workforce or life?”
DACA & Allies United Student Club invites current and future students and their families to a DACA workshop to be held Friday, May 27 from 3-5 pm.
Guests will have the opportunity to learn about resources to help DACA students (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) attend and find success at Chemeketa, including academic program information, student support services, immigration information and paying for college.
Friday, May 27, 3-5 pm
Bldg. 3, Rm. 116 (Salem campus)
All are welcome to join us for the 21st annual Visual Communications Portfolio Show – an opportunity to view the culmination of projects created by talented emerging artists and designers graduating from Chemeketa’s Visual Communications program.
Eighteen students will be showcasing their work at the event including logos and product packaging developed for local nonprofits such as Marion-Polk Foodshare, Salem Audubon Society and the Silverton Poetry Festival as well as various Chemeketa programs.
Visual Communications Portfolio Show
Thursday, June 2 from 4 to 7 pm
Building 4, Room 225
Free parking will be available during the event; guests can follow signs to park in the purple and yellow lots.
For more information call 503.399.5070 or visit vc.chemeketa.edu.
Chemeketa’s 60th annual graduation ceremony will be held Tuesday, June 14 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 2016 graduation can be found here or by calling 503.399.6588.
Get a taste of the tropics without the sunburn and TSA body scan at the Pacific Islands Celebration on May 4.
Hosted by the Mix’d Nesians Club and Student Retention and College Life, this drop-in event will feature live music, dance performances, a Pacific Islander student panel and a culture fair.
Food will be provided and the event is free and open to the public.
In its second year, the Pacific Islands Celebration originated from student interest in holding a luau and grew into an opportunity to educate the community on the robust culture of Islanders.
“We wanted it to be more than entertainment,” says student organizer Armillia Lamoray. “We hope that our event fills our guests with some knowledge of the island culture and our goal is to create solutions for some of the issues islander students face in education.”
Pacific Islands Celebration
Wednesday, May 4, 4:30-7:30 pm
Auditorium in Bldg. 6
Free and open to the public