Chemekata Community College is a large (over 30,000 students) community college in Salem, Oregon. In addition to the main campus in Salem there is a branch campus in McMinnville; branches in the towns of Woodburn, Brooks, and Dallas; and the Northwest Wine Studies Center in the town of Eola.
Academic divisions include Agricultural Sciences, Arts & Communication, Business & Management, Human Services, Health Sciences, Math Sciences Engineering & Industrial, Social Sciences, and Skills Training. Programs serve students who wish to obtain basic skills, those seeking an associates degree or certification before direct entry into employment, and those who plan to transfer to a 4-year college or university. Some of the more academic majors include Chicano/Latino Studies, Political Science, and Women’s Studies.
As with most community colleges, there are several options for working adults who wish to continue their education while continuing to earn income. These options include online classes, evening classes, weekend college, and a number of additional programs sponsored through the college’s Small Business Center.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Admissions are non-competitive for most programs. Some programs of study have requirements beyond general admission, especially those in health sciences and engineering. Contact the department head for each program at the college for further information.
The financial aid office offers a wide range of grants, loans, scholarships, and other forms of assistance to students. All students seeking aid must first fill out and submit the FAFSA.
There are no on-campus living arrangements at Chemekata; however, the Student Services office keeps a listing of apartments and rooms for rent to help assist students in search of housing. Other services for students include disability services, student labs and centers, tutoring, testing services, and a number of specialized services for veterans.
The Salem campus is home to the planetarium, which offers astronomy presentations for students and the public throughout the year. Students and visitors may also make use of the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery, where regional and national artists display their work through six rotating exhibitions every year.
One of the strongest features of the college is the vineyard and winemaking program. Not only do many students learn to make wine, but students in all programs visit the vineyards and sample wines as part of their educational experience.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The Storm are a member of NJCAA. The following sports can be found here:
In addition to the competitive sports listed above, the athletic department sponsors a wide range of intermural and club sports for recreational athletes on campus.
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