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SALEM — Chemeketa Community College has received $1.54 million to help high school students transition into higher education. This project will include expanding dual credit opportunities, developing hybrid CTE and combined school enrollment models, implementing innovative technological improvements, providing advising and Bridge for transitions to college, and providing teachers with effective technology and professional development for remote teaching.

The project activities are based on research of best practices in college attainment support, including addressing the needs of the underrepresented equity populations as well as rural students in Chemeketa’s district.

“Chemeketa’s dual enrollment program opens the world of college-going to hundreds of high school students each year,” said Chemeketa’s president, Jessica Howard. “With this grant, we will be able to extend that opportunity to more students, particularly those in rural areas and those who have faced barriers due to historic marginalization. The grant funds courses, teacher training, technology and college advising to increase the number of students completing college.”

Currently, Chemeketa’s dual enrollment program serves about 1,500 students annually.

Sara Hastings, Chemeketa’s Dean of High School Partnerships added, “Chemeketa’s College Credit Now (CCN) program is committed to promoting equity and access for high school students throughout our service district,” said Sara Hastings, Chemeketa’s Dean of High School Partnerships. “These grant funds will provide additional support for our rural and underrepresented student populations with a focus on college success and completion.”

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