SALEM – Chemeketa Community College has received $ 1.54 million to help high school students make the transition to higher education. This project will include expanding dual credit opportunities, developing hybrid models of CTE and combined school enrollment, implementing innovative technological improvements, providing guidance and gateways for transitions to university. , and providing teachers with effective technology and professional development for distance education.
Project activities are based on researching best practices in supporting college graduation, including meeting the needs of underrepresented equity target populations as well as rural students in the district of Chemeketa.
“Chemeketa’s dual enrollment program opens up the world of college to hundreds of high school students each year,” said Chemeketa President Jessica Howard. “With this grant, we will be able to extend this opportunity to more students, especially those in rural areas and those who have faced barriers due to historical marginalization. The grant funds courses, teacher training, technology, and college counseling to increase the number of students who graduate from college.
Currently, Chemeketa’s dual enrollment program welcomes approximately 1,500 students per year.
Sara Hastings, Dean of Chemeketa High School Partnerships, added: “The College Credit Now (CCN) program at Chemeketa is committed to promoting equity and access for high school students across our district of service, ”said Sara Hastings, Dean of Chemeketa High School Partnerships. “These grant funds will provide additional support to our rural and under-represented student populations with a focus on college success and completion.”