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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.

ALERT: Saturday LSAT and ACT testing cancelled

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

LSAT and ACT cancelledThe Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and ACT tests scheduled to take place at Chemeketa Community College this Saturday, Feb. 8, have been cancelled due to expected severe weather in the Salem Area.

Apply for scholarships now through Mar.31

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Now is the time to submit your application for Chemeketa scholarships. To complete your scholarship application login to My Chemeketa. Application deadline is March 31.



Types of scholarships available-

  • Merit-based
  • Need-based
  • Degree- or program-specific
  • Community service and school involvement

More than $400,000 in scholarship dollars will be awarded to students for the 2014-15 school year. More information is available at or by calling 503.365.4747.


Apply now for fall term 2014

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 2014.




Here’s how to get started:







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



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


  • 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


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-

  • Salem Campus: 10 am – 1 pm Tuesday, January 21, Student Center (Building 2)
  • Yamhill Valley Campus: 10 am – 1 pm Wednesday, January 22, Building 1.

For more information on Oregon Transfer Days, visit the event’s page on ORACRAO’s website at


Financial aid & scholarship help in Salem, Yamhill Valley Jan. 11

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Students working on getting money for college can get free help navigating federal student aid and scholarship paperwork at College Goal Oregon, to be held 9 am to 2 pm, Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Chemeketa Community College.

Experts will be available to help students and their families fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and scholarship applications at both the Salem (Bldg. 6) and Yamhill Valley (Bldg. 1) campuses.

All are invited, whether you are a high school student or are returning to college. High school students are encouraged to have a parent come along, if possible. You do not have to be planning to enroll at Chemeketa to get help.

All the following documents should be brought to help fill out the forms:

  • Federal tax return. If you haven’t filed taxes yet, you can estimate.
  • Current value of assets (cash, checking, savings, investments, etc.)
  • Social Security numbers of student and parents (if any)
  • Driver’s license (if any)
  • Alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

Find more information on College Goal Oregon at

CIS 101 challenge exam information

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

CIS 101 challenge examThe popular Chemeketa course CIS 101, Introduction to Microcomputer Applications, is one of the many courses at the college available to be challenged for credit through a paid examination. CIS 101 is either a requirement or prerequisite for over 20 Chemeketa programs.

If you want to challenge CIS 101 for credit, you only receive one attempt to take the exam to challenge the course. To successfully pass, you should have the knowledge to do the following-

  1. Identify basic microcomputer hardware terminology associated with input, output, processing and storage
  2. Identify and use basic microcomputer software and information processing vocabulary
  3. Use Windows Explorer for basic file and directory/folder management
  4. Describe word processing concepts to create, edit and save a document
  5. Identify spreadsheet concepts and follow instructions to create, edit and save a worksheet
  6. Identify database concepts, follow instructions to create, edit and save a basic database
  7. Identify presentation concepts to create, save and run a presentation
  8. Distinguish the appropriate applications for a given task
  9. Define the ethical implications and role of technology in business and in society
  10. Utilize the Internet for communication and information access

To challenge the course, you must complete a Challenge Exam application from the Testing Services office in Building 2, Room 101 on the Salem campus. Once the form is completed, turn it in to Testing Services, pay a $45 exam fee and schedule a time to take the exam.

If you pass the exam with a suitable grade, you can receive credit for CIS 101 by registering for the class with a provided CRN and paying the tuition and fees.

For additional information on challenging courses for credit, please consult this document from Testing Services.

New students: Register for your required student advising session

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

New student advisingChemeketa is offering new student advising sessions for students planning to start winter term.

Advising is a valuable first step for students to attain their college goals. Advising is required before new students can register for winter term classes.

Register for a new student advising session here.


College Inside buffered by Buffett family member donation

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

College Inside program gets donationA ninth-grade dropout. Unable to write. Incarcerated.

These terms described Francisco before he began the College Inside program at Oregon State Penitentiary. Now, almost 60 credits into an associate’s degree from Chemeketa Community College with a straight-A average, Francisco has changed more than his education.

“All I thought about was myself and how I can survive,” Francisco said. “Now I think about how I can give back. Guys are leaving this program with that in mind.”

And thanks to a recent $142,598 contribution from an organization headed by member one the world’s most well-known philanthropic families, Francisco and other College Inside students have an opportunity to finish what they started after the program recently lost its primary donor.

The contribution from the Sunshine Lady Foundation headed by Doris Buffett, sister of Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett, is a large portion of the $179,000 needed to ensure the 37 students in the program will be able to complete their degrees.

“It feels exciting and hopeful for the students to have this opportunity,” said Nancy Green, Chemeketa’s executive director of corrections education. “We were faced with having to discontinue this program a month from now, and it is great to be making different plans now.”

College Inside began in 2007, with the bulk of the program’s funding coming from a single private donor who wished to remain anonymous. The program allows incarcerated students at Oregon State Penitentiary and the Oregon State Correction Institution, both in Salem, to take courses from Chemeketa instructors and ultimately receive a Chemeketa degree.

However, the donor notified program officials that the funding is ending in December. That began the scramble to find new funding sources. Then came word of the Sunshine Lady Foundation donation.

“I was doing the happy dance in my office after finding out the Sunshine Lady Foundation was giving us most of the money needed for the current students to graduate,” said Michele Dishong McCormack, chair of Chemeketa’s communication and performing arts program and a College Inside instructor. “This also gives our fundraising efforts some much-needed breathing room and time to get out of triage mode as we move forward.”

The donation has also allowed for a chance of hope not just to get the money to allow not just the current students to complete, but to keep the program going.

Proponents of College Inside like Dishong McCormack and Green point not just to the personal growth of students who receive their degree while incarcerated, but to the benefit to all Oregonians. Of students who have received degrees through Chemeketa’s College Inside program, the rate of recidivism, or returning back to prison, is less than 3 percent. The recidivism rate of all inmates in the state of Oregon is more than 26 percent.

The low recidivism rate also has cost savings associated with it. The cost to house one inmate for one year in Oregon is $31,025. The cost to provide an inmate with the courses for an associate’s degree over three years with College Inside is $8,700.

Dishong McCormack also notes inmates work 40 hours per week as required by state law in addition to taking their classes, inmates contribute toward their class costs and the average GPA of a College Inside student is 3.82.

While the Sunshine Lady Foundation donation covers a large chunk of the needed funding, there is still work to be done to find the additional funding needed. But those involved with College Inside now have more time to locate those funds or also keep the program ongoing.

“We have government officials, private citizens, current and former students and others who are offering help to find new funding sources,” Dishong McCormack said. “I’m confident we will find the money needed to continue this amazing program.”

For students currently inside the program like Francisco, there is relief that he, like 36 other students, still has a chance to complete his degree. He looks forward to the pride he will bring his family when they see him graduate and hopes once he is released to find work in human resources or be an art-related entrepreneur.

“I would say thank you (to Ms. Buffett) from the bottom of my heart,” he said. “Thank you for the sunshine that you have brought into a place that is lacking in hope and opportunity.”

For Green, stories like Francisco’s are the motivation to find the means to keep the program ongoing beyond the current group of students.

“The success of this program continues to be very clear,” she said. “This program is changing the lives of the students and their families, along with making our communities safer. I am confident that we will find a way to continue this important work.”


For more information on how to help with finding funding for the College Inside Program, contact Nancy Green or Michele Dishong McCormack.