Chemeketa Community College
|Chemeketa Community College|
|President||Cheryl Roberts |
|Academic staff||207 |
|Location||Salem, OR, USA|
Chemeketa Community College is a community college located in Salem, Oregon, with smaller campuses in McMinnville, Dallas, Brooks, and Woodburn, and the Northwest Viticulture Center in Eola. Chemeketa serves approximately 50,000 students each year in a district that covers 2,600 square miles (6,700 km2) in Marion, Polk, most of Yamhill, and part of Linn counties.
Chemeketa's history began in 1952, when the Salem School District started the Salem Technical-Vocational School to provide training for the unemployed. In 1969 the college district was formed, and a competition was held to name the new college. The winning entry came from dental assisting student Susan Blum, who wrote in her submission that the term "Chemeketa" means "a peaceful gathering place." In December 1969, the Board of Education approved the name Chemeketa Community College.
In addition to the campuses and centers listed above, the college's Center for Business and Industry in downtown Salem houses the Small Business Development Center and operates classes and programs benefiting area businesses. The college also operates the Eola Viticulture Center which includes a working vineyard and houses its winemaking and vineyard management programs. This viticulture program was the first of its kind in Oregon.
Chemeketa offers Associate of Applied Science degrees in more than 40 professional-technical programs, as well as an Associate of Arts—Oregon Transfer and a General Education degree. Chemeketa Community College is well known for its nursing, fire science, viticulture, and electronics programs.
Due to budget cuts, the Santiam Campus in Sublimity was closed in 2009. The paramedic program is currently based out of the Santiam Campus after being displaced from Building 8 during on campus construction. Currently, the Paramedic, fire, and law enforcement programs are being conducted from the Brooks campus in the town of Brooks Oregon just North of Salem.
Due to low enrollment and budget cuts the Theatre program was cut after the 2011 School year.
Notable alumni 
- Grayson Boucher, better known by his nickname "The Professor", is a professional streetball basketball player
See also 
- "Presidential Search Updates". Retrieved 2007-05-19.
- "About Chemeketa: Facts & Figures". Retrieved 2007-05-19.
- "Northwest Viticulture Center". Chemeketa Community College.
- Tims, Dana (September 9, 2010). "Construction begins on long-awaited teaching winery in Roseburg". The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.). Retrieved 10 September 2010.
- Chemeketa Community College (official website)