Chemeketa receives $100,000 grant from Marion County

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Chemeketa’s continued work in providing training for in-demand jobs in the Mid-Valley received a big boost, as Marion County provided the college a $100,000 grant toward its new diesel technology program.

The grant from the county will go toward the costs of equipment and tools for the program, which will be located in Brooks near the Regional Training Center.

The diesel technology program will be designed to be of benefit both to the trucking and agricultural industry, with curriculum designed to serve both trucks and large agricultural equipment, allowing the program to serve all parts of the Chemeketa district. Students completing the program will received a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree.

Receiving the check at the Marion County Board of Commissioners from Chemeketa were Executive Dean Holly Nelson, Board of Education members Neva Hutchinson and Ken Hector and President Julie Huckestein. Pictured with them below is Marion County Economic Development Coordinator Tom Hogue.