New deal makes it easier for CCC students to access a four-year art degree


Chemeketa Community College has an agreement with the Portland-based Pacific Northwest College of Art that allows art students to obtain scholarships and credit transfer.

Aspiring artists who attend Chemeketa Community College will have an easier time earning a four-year degree.

The college announced last week that it had reached an agreement with the Portland-based Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) allowing Chemeketa students admitted to the art school to earn scholarships and transfer from secured credits, according to a press release.

Chemeketa students who complete a two-year program at the community college and gain admission to the CAFN will enter as juniors and earn $ 22,000 in scholarships per year for up to three years, the statement said.

“Chemeketa’s transfer agreements with colleges and universities in Oregon are essential in facilitating our students’ journey towards their educational and professional goals. This agreement with the Pacific Northwest College of Art provides our art students with a secure credit and scholarship pathway to meet financial need, ”said Don Brase, Executive Dean of General Education and Transfer Studies. Chemeketa, in a statement.

The PNCA merged with Willamette University this summer, becoming the fourth college of the private university based in Salem. The art college will retain its own admissions process and campus in Portland, but the merger was intended to provide more opportunities for Willamette students to study art in the studio and to expand the range of courses available for art students.

Chemeketa students interested in transferring to CAFN should contact art instructor Laura Mack at [email protected]


Kayleen C. Rice

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