On June 11, Chemeketa employees, industry professionals and partnering firms gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking for Chemeketa’s new Ag Complex, to open late 2020.
A horse-drawn plow, steam-engine plow and modern machinery all cultivated the site of the future Ag Complex, symbolizing the advances agriculture has made and will continue to make and Chemeketa’s role in that growth for the Mid-Willamette Valley. This includes serving all aspects of the region’s agriculture community and providing opportunities for farm workers to attain the training needed to advance their careers.
“Chemeketa’s agriculture program is 50 years old, that’s as old as the college,” said President Julie Huckestein. “That really speaks to the importance of agriculture in this region.”
Following a dedication of the land by Linda Ringo-Reyna and a speech by Julie, Jim Eustrom led the spectators in a toast as incoming President Jessica Howard sabered a wine bottle on the land.