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Chemeketa partners with PSU to promote biomedical careers

Chemeketa partners with PSU

to promote biomedical careersChemeketa to help diversify biomedical workforce

Salem, Ore., October 22, 2014 — Chemeketa Community College will partner with Portland State University to help underrepresented students pursue careers in biomedical research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) an- nounced today that PSU will receive $24 million to develop training programs to attract and prepare students from diverse backgrounds for careers in the biomedi- cal workforce. Chemeketa will identify and prepare students to apply to PSU’s EXITO program. Accepted students will qualify for scholarships, mentor- ing, stipends, seminars and paid research experiences through PSU or a number of collaborating institutions.

PSU is also collaborating with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Portland Community College, Clackamas Community College, Clark College, Uni- versity of Alaska, University of Hawaii, University of Guam, American Samoa Community College and Northern Mari- anas College to attract qualifying students.

The NIH argue that social factors discourage ethnically and racially diverse students from pursuing biomedical careers. This funding will be used to develop training programs that will attract and sustain interest of underrepresented groups in order to prepare them for suc- cess in biomedical careers.

For more than 40 years, Chemeketa Community College has committed itself to transforming lives and our community through exceptional learning experiences. As the second multi-campus district in Oregon, Chemeketa serves nearly 40,000 students annually at its Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses, as well as community lo- cations at Brooks, Eola, Winema, Dallas, Woodburn, and the Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry (CCBI).

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

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