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Chemeketa Community College is a community college located in Salem, Oregonmarker, with smaller campuses in McMinnvillemarker, Dallasmarker, Sublimitymarker, and Woodburnmarker. Chemeketa serves more than 64,000 students each year in a district that covers in Marionmarker, Polkmarker, most of Yamhillmarker, 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 five 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.

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 will be closing at the end of the 2009 academic year in June, 2009.

Notable alumni

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Dallas campus
  • Grayson Boucher, better known by his nickname "The Professor", is a professional streetball basketball player


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