Chemeketa Community College
Chemeketa Community College

Chemeketa Community College is a regional leader in cybersecurity education located in beautiful Salem, Oregon and is one of only three Oregon community colleges to be designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in 2-year Cybersecurity Education by the National Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security. It is the mission of Chemeketa Community College to help increase the security of our communities and country by preparing students to readily take on the challenges of being a cybersecurity professional. While working through their education, Chemeketa students have the opportunity not only to earn a degree, but to earn multiple IT certifications through their coursework and to build real-world work experience through Chemeketa's cooperative work experience program.

During the typical Chemeketa cybersecurity student's first year of education, they become familiarized with the foundational skills and concepts necessary to become a successful cybersecurity practitioner. In this initial year, students undertake classes in digital literacy, personal cybersecurity, programming, operating systems, computer hardware, and networking. During this time, students have the opportunity to earn their EC-Council Certified Secure Computer User certification, ComptTIA A+ certification, and entry-level Cisco networking certifications.

As students move into their second year of education they will begin to narrow their focus on cybersecurity and begin thinking about their future careers as they take classes relating to data security, computer forensics, and ethical hacking and work towards EC-Council cybersecurity certifications such as Certified Ethical Hacker and Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator. During this time, the foundational knowledge from their first year is continued to be built upon as students refine their understanding of IT concepts in the context of cybersecurity while studying server management, database management, and computer architecture. Finally, a cybersecurity student's final term includes a class specifically designed to reinforce all of the concepts taught during their program and to prepare them for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam.

Chemeketa Community College has been serving the Salem, Oregon community since 1969 and over the years Chemeketa's community involvement has created connections with local employers that provide students with myriad internship opportunities. Through the Chemeketa Cooperative Work Experience program, every Chemeketa cybersecurity student has the opportunity to earn credit while simultaneously taking their first steps into industry. These internships allow the Chemeketa student a flexible way to begin the transition from academic to professional life as they work on finishing their degree.

Graduates of the Cybersecurity Program at Chemeketa Community College are awarded the degree of Associate of Applied Science in Cybersecurity and will be well postured for entry-level positions as a cybersecurity analyst, penetration tester, digital forensic examiner, security operation center staff, and numerous other related roles in both the private and public sectors. For students who are interested in continuing their education, the Associate of Applied Science degree provides students with the ability to continue their education in cybersecurity or a related field at a four-year institution while still having credentials that they can put to use while advancing their education.

For more than 50 years, Chemeketa Community College has committed itself to transforming lives and our community through exceptional learning experiences in the Mid-Willamette Valley. As the second largest community college in Oregon, Chemeketa serves 30,000 students annually at its Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses, as well as centers in Brooks, Eola, Winema, Dallas, Woodburn, and Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry (CCBI).

Chemeketa Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution.

Chemeketa Community College
Salem, OR