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New Student Preview is Sept. 25

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

New Student Preview September 26Students new to Chemeketa Community College, along with family members, are invited to attend New Student Preview  Sept. 25 on the Salem campus.

The day will begin at 9 a.m. in the Building 6 auditorium, with check-in and a presentation designed to give new students tips for being successful in the transition to higher education.

The remainder of the morning will offer a number of different student success workshops, focusing on topics such as studying abroad opportunities, finding jobs, library and tutoring services, college life and beyond.

Following lunch, students will have the ability to purchase textbooks, get their student ID, check out student clubs and more.

For more information on the New Student Preview, call Advising & Counseling Services at 503.399.5120 or email

Changes to Chemeketa Wi-Fi network

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Changes coming to Chemeketa Wi-FiTo provide better service to wireless users, Chemeketa’s Information Technology will be turning on user authentication for the college’s Wi-Fi network during the weekend of Aug. 21-23. After this change, students and employees will be required to log in through a webpage with their My Chemeketa username and password to use college Wi-Fi.

To connect to Chemeketa’s Wi-Fi network after the change:

  1. Connect to the Wi-Fi network of your choice (CCCEmployee for employees, and CCCStudent for students)
  2. Enter the Wi-Fi network passphrase
  3. You should get redirected to a login page
  4. Use your My Chemeketa username and password
 to log in
  5. You are connected

Note: Most devices will either redirect you automatically to the login page, or alert you that additional actions are necessary to connect to the Internet. If this does not happen, browse to a non-secure site and you should be redirected to the login page.

Should you have any issues getting connected, please contact the IT Help Desk at 503.399.7899.

Engineering student awarded Ford Family Scholarship

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

From groundskeeper to Ford Scholar, Jesse Ulibarri’s college experience has been one of tremendous growth – and he’s not stopping anytime soon.

A homeschooled student raised in Silverton, Jesse felt well-prepared academically and developed a deep interest in math and science. Despite his love of learning, the idea of attending a large public college was intimating and Jesse wasn’t sure he was ready.

It took two years working at water system company and as a landscaper to realize he didn’t want to be a laborer or serviceman all his life.

“I like working with my hands but I was bored. I wanted to put my math and science skills to work,” Jesse recalls. “I heard Chemeketa’s Engineering program would give me a good head start at a degree and career in the field.”

Jesse credits Chemeketa for not only surpassing his expectations but for providing experiences that prepared him for the next chapter of his educational journey – transferring to Oregon State University’s College of Engineering with a Ford Family Scholarship.

Jesse is one of 120 students selected to be a Ford Family Scholar, an honor that will pay for 90% of the cost to attend OSU. “I was really excited to hear I was a recipient. It’s quite a bit of stress release. I won’t have to work as much which means I’ll have more time to dedicate to school,” says Jesse.

He firmly believes his scholarship writing class and his job as a Chemeketa tutor set him apart from the thousands of other applicants. “Tutoring for over two years helped show the Ford Family Foundation that I enjoy working with people and that my values line up with theirs.”

Jesse will enjoy the camaraderie of other Chemeketa engineering students who’ll transfer alongside him this fall, a group he’s grown to consider his extended family. He plans to continue tutoring math, science and engineering privately, believing that the best way to learn something is to teach it.

When asked what he’d tell someone in his former position, who felt stuck or unsure of their next steps, Jesse offers encouraging words.  “Aim high,” he urges, “Pick something you’re decently good at, come up with a plan. If it’s too much it’s not the end of the world.  You just have to start.”


Design collaborations benefit nonprofits and students

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

While the classroom is a prime place to learn the tools of a trade, it’s the hands-on projects that give our Visual Communications students important hands-on experience working with clients, meeting deadlines and budgeting.

Each year, Chemeketa’s Visual Communications students work with local nonprofits to produce materials. Some of this year’s clients included–

  • Marion-Polk Food Share
  • McMinnville Short Film Festival
  • Open Food Source software
  • Salem Audubon Society logo
  • 4Him2Day Children’s Cancer Research Foundation
  • Chemeketa Community College programs including Chemeketa Press, Chemeketa Reads, Chemeketa Writes, Soapbox Poetry, Sustainability and developing a school mascot.

The newly renovated Visual Communcations studio space helps propel the student/client experience to another level. Private meeting and presentation rooms and modern facilities encourage collaboration while Mac labs, personal lockers and larger work spaces helps students excel at their craft.

“I really like the functional photo lab,” says Rowan Wright who graduates this year with his AAS in Graphic Design. “The facilities are less crowded and more accessible, allowing students to work independently.”

Originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Rowan plans to freelance in Salem and Portland while searching for a job in a medium-size firm. He credits the Visual Communications program for re-igniting his interest in the profession.

“I encourage anyone considering graphic design to go for it and give it your all. I didn’t think it was an accessible career, but this program trains you to get up to par,” Rowan says as he pauses to greet an admirer of his portfolio. “Now I feel ready.”

Visual Communications Portfolio Show June 4

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

All are welcome to join us for the 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.

The Portfolio Show will be held Thursday, June 4 from 4 to 7 pm in Building 4, Room 2225. 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.


2015 Graduation set for June 16

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa’s 58th annual graduation ceremony will be held at 6 pm, Tuesday, June 16 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 2015 graduation can be found here or by calling 503.399.6588.

Art Student Annual May 13 – June 5

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

2015 Art Student AnnualWhile the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery is normally a location showing the work of professional artists, there’s also a time each year where the students take over.

The 2015 Art Student Annual will be featured in the gallery from May 13 to June 5.

The exhibit is open to all students who have taken an art class at Chemeketa in the past two years. Students submit work to be featured in the show, which will be judged by a pool of respected artists from Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.

A reception and awards ceremonies for the show will be held on May 13 from noon to 2 p.m. at the gallery.

The gallery is located on the ground floor of Building 3 on the Salem campus and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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

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.”