Chemeketa Community College

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Chemeketa Community College
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TypePublic community college
PresidentDr. Jessica Howard[1]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States
AthleticsNorthwest Athletic Conference
image of students sitting in lobby of Chemeketa Yamhill Velley Campus
Chemeketa, Yamhill Valley Campus Lobby
Vineyard at Chemeketa Eola
Working vineyard at Northwest Wine Studies Program at Chemeketa Eola

Chemeketa Community College is a public community college in Salem, Oregon, with a campus in McMinnville and education centers in Dallas, Brooks, and Woodburn. In addition to the campuses and centers, 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. Chemeketa serves nearly 30,000 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. Two programs, Nursing and Electronics, were offered and were occupied in the school at the corner of 3rd and Gerth St. NW. In 1957, student records were lost in a fire at the district office. 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 the language of the Kalapuya tribe. In December 1969, the Board of Education approved the name Chemeketa Community College. Property was purchased off Lancaster Street and the current Building 22 was the first official building.


Dallas campus

Chemeketa offers Associate of Applied Science degrees and certificates in more than 90 professional-technical programs, as well as Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degrees, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science, Associate of Science-Oregon Transfer Business, Associate of Science-Oregon Transfer Computer Science, and an Associate of General Studies degrees.

The Northwest Wine Studies Center in Eola[2] includes a working vineyard and houses the college's winemaking and vineyard management programs. This program was the first of its kind in Oregon.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "About Chemeketa: Facts & Figures". Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "Northwest Viticulture Center". Chemeketa Community College. Archived from the original on 2010-10-10. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
  3. ^ Tims, Dana (September 9, 2010). "Construction begins on long-awaited teaching winery in Roseburg". The Oregonian. Portland, Ore. Archived from the original on 10 September 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2010.

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Coordinates: 44°58′41″N 122°58′37″W / 44.97806°N 122.97694°W / 44.97806; -122.97694