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Chemeketa hosting college and career fair Oct. 24

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Salem area students and their families are invited to attend the annual college and career fair at Chemeketa Community College on Monday, October 24. This event is presented by The Inspire Foundation.

To be held from 6 to 8 pm in Building 7 on the Salem campus, the college and career fair is a free event with free parking.

This event, which has taken place for more than 25 years, welcomed more than 2,000 visitors in 2015. Chemeketa and more than 80 other colleges and industries will be on display to showcase their offerings to students and their families.

Workshops on applying for college, searching for scholarships and applying for financial aid will be offered. The Inspire Foundation, Salem-Keizer Public Schools and Chemeketa will offer door prizes for elementary, middle and high school students. Currently enrolled Salem-Keizer high school seniors will have a chance to win one of several educational scholarships.

To learn more about the event, contact Kathy Moore at or 503.581.1466 x 316.


Early College peer mentor program launched

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On Wednesday, September 21, High School Partnerships (HSP) held its first Mentor Mingle to kick-off the inaugural year of its student mentor program.

Twelve veteran Early College High School students are volunteering to mentor 30 of their peers transitioning from high school to college classes.

“Our goal is to provide both mentors and mentees with personal and professional development by connecting all Early College students to student services and college life,” said Alejandra Gallegos, High School Partnership department assistant. “We want our students to create a strong bond with Chemeketa as well as support their transition from high school to college culture.”

Throughout the year, mentors will lead activities such as visiting the multicultural
center, getting connected with clubs and organizations and participating in community service activities.

“I want to be a mentor because I feel I can help share with my mentees my mistakes and what I’ve learned from them so they can have an easier path to success,” says student Paula Tamayo.

Abby Hoffar, dean of High School Partnerships, applauded the efforts made by HSP staff and students, declaring the program a prime example of the department’s philosophy of ‘What can we do that best supports our students?’. “The collaboration between our peer mentors and first year students is an opportunity for support and growth for all.”


Students learn outside the classroom with Upward Bound

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Ever have the chance to ride jet boats and make kushari in summer school?

During a recent field trip, Upward Bound Summer Academy students visited the Marion Polk Foodshare where Chef Steve Morton taught them how to forage in a garden, access a food box and prepare a healthy meal.

“It was a great learning experience,” says Chemeketa’s Upward Bound director Susan McCaffrey. “Now students can return to the Foodshare to gain community service credit for their high school graduation requirements or to get a food box for their families.”

IMG_0025This year, 22 high school students are participating in Chemeketa’s Upward Bound Summer Academy, a six-week program that provides participants high school creditfor studying literature and math during the summer. In addition, students benefit from learning what it’s like to take classes at a college campus, keeping or improving their skills over the summer and experiencing learning outside of the classroom.

From team-building BBQs, college tours, jet boats and water parks, students will enjoy a number of Friday field trips to balance their summer studies. This year’s Summer Academy will culminate in a four-day adventure to Multnomah Falls, Hood River, The Dalles, Eastern Oregon University (EOU), Bridge of the Gods and the Bonneville Dam. Students will tour the EOU campus and gain a first-hand experience of the landmarks and artifacts they are learning about in class.

“We integrate cultural events in the program to show students places and activities that relate to their learning.” says Susan. “We take them places they probably have never seen. This helps them when they go to college because they’ve been encouraged to take advantage of student activities offered at college campuses.”

Chemeketa’s Upward Bound program serves students from Woodburn Academy of International Studies, North Salem High School and Santiam High School.  Students interested in applying to be a part of the Upward Bound program can visit Chemeketa’s Upward Bound website for more information or contact Susan McCaffrey 503.589.7620.

New student registration begins Aug. 2

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

If you’re a new student at Chemeketa, you can register for fall classes starting Tuesday, August 2. Fall term begins Monday, September 26.



Before registering for classes –

Other important things –

  • Textbooks are available at Chemeketa’s bookstore in early September
  • 2016-17 parking permits go on sale in August and are required starting September 29. Permits are available at My Chemeketa and the Public Safety window (Bldg. 2, Salem campus)
  • Review the financial aid deadlines for 2016-17

Fulfilling the Oregon Promise events this June

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Oregon Promise recipients can learn more about attending Chemeketa at a June Fulfilling the Oregon Promise event.

Learn more about events dates and locations here

Student earns internship at OSU’s Open Source Lab

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

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.”


Students succeed against the odds

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

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.”


Chemeketa to offer building inspection degree

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa to offer building inspection programStudents 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.

Music concerts June 1 & 5

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

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.

Winema launches robotics program

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

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?”