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50 years of providing opportunities for students toexplore, learn and succeed

Celebrating Chemeketa’s 50th Anniversary

Chemeketa’s story began September 23, 1969- July 1, 1970. The college will celebrate 50 years of providing quality educational experiences and workforce training with events throughout the 2019-20 school year.

Join Us in Celebrating

From theater or music performances to athletics, multicultural and planetarium events – students, employees and the community are invited to discover something new and help celebrate 50 years of service to the Mid-Willamette Valley. Check our calendar for upcoming events.

About Our Commemorative 50th Logo

Chemeketa 50 years logo

Proudly making our home in Oregon's capital.

  • The "50" design draws from the stone murals symbolizing the gathering place
  • Within the "0" there are five rays of sunshine symbolizing our five decades of service and a bright future
  • The yellow in the logo’s sunrise is a gold reminiscent of previous college logo colors and celebrates our “Golden Anniversary”
  • The "5" is reminiscent of an arrow reflecting on our past
  • All elements come together to depict a sunrise over the Willamette Valley, our service district

About the Artist

 Josh Anderson

Joshua Anderson is a 2019 graduate of Chemeketa’s Graphic Design and Interactive Communication programs. From Silverton, Oregon, Josh originally chose Chemeketa during the discovery phase of his education.

“When I discovered that graphic design was the career I wanted to pursue, I could have transferred to a more prestigious design technical school if I wanted to, but I chose to stay at Chemeketa because of the quality of education here, both in the facilities that it provides (particularly in the Visual Communications department) but also because of the teachers. Christine Linder (retired), Peter Hoelter, Bret Malley and Wendy Riley have been the most influential part of my education, and with their guidance, I truly feel equipped to go out into the marketplace with my skill and knowledge.”


  • Student Graduation

  • Previous main entrance sign

  • Early Chemeketa event

Student Success Stories

Dina Stubbs

Nursing class of ‘70

Some of Chemeketa’s first nursing classes were held in a school bus and shared a skills lab with home economics.

Dwayne Meier

HVAC/R Apprenticeship class of ‘04

Chemeketa trains a lot of the people who keep Oregon running safely, like Dwayne, Project Coordinator for Salem Hospital’s engineering department.

Suesann Abdelrasul

AAOT class of ‘12

She put her family first and then it was her turn. With the support of TRiO, Suesann found it was possible to dream bigger.

Kristofer Dudley

Electronics class of ‘15

From a dark past to a bright future, Kris discovered anything is possible when you make yourself and your education a priority.