July 1, 1970 — Chemeketa begins operation as a district-wide comprehensive community college.
1970-71 — The college grows to more than 1,100 full-time students.
December 1972 — Chemeketa receives accreditation by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (now Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities).
1974-79 — The Salem campus major buildings are constructed. Community locations are established in Dallas, McMinnville, Stayton, and Woodburn. Because of enrollment growth, the college continues to use the "temporary buildings" in addition to the permanent facilities on campus.