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Employee of the Month

CAULEY IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Melissa Cauley has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for December.  Cauley is a Student Advisor in Admissions and Registration and has worked at the college for more than 13 years.  Pictured from left are, Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola Interim President, Melissa Cauley and Chipola Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Jayne Roberts.

Armada Ammunition


MARIANNA—The Chipola College Firing Range recently signed an agreement to purchase ammunition from Armada Ammunition, a veteran owned company based in Gadsden County Florida.

Jamie McAllister, Director of Chipola’s Public Service programs, says, “Armada provides quality ammunition to law enforcement, corrections, training academies and the military. They have offered ammo at 20 cents per round which is a great saving for the college.”

 John Coffman founded Armada Ammunition in 2013 after learning of the problems law enforcement, corrections and training academies were having obtaining ammunition in a timely manner. John assembled a team of partners with backgrounds that would complement the company vision of helping these agencies. Armada provides ammunition within 30 days of order while also saving agencies money.

Armada is a community partner working with local officials to support community events and needs. Company officials also are working with local colleges to develop coursework in Ballistic Sciences and manufacturing to help students with career choices. 


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CHIPOLA FIRING RANGE USING AMERICAN-MADE AMMO—The Chipola College Firing Range recently signed an agreement to purchase ammunition from Armada Ammunition, a veteran owned company based in Gadsden County Florida.  Pictured from left, are: Lou Morgan Daniels, Corrections Program Manager; Stephen Stewart, Chipola Law Enforcement Program Director; Ken Ellis, Armada Ammunition; Jamie McAllister, Chipola Public Service Program Director and Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce and Economic Development.



MARIANNA— Major league baseball stars and dozens of other former Chipola College players are expected to return to their alma mater for the annual Chipola Baseball Alumni Weekend Feb. 3-4.

The weekend will include live college baseball action, a Homerun Derby, great food and the chance to rub elbows with the pros, including two-time MLB Homerun champ Jose Bautista.

The Chipola Indians play three games during the weekend: Friday, Feb. 3, Walter State at 10:00 a.m. and San Jacinto at 12:30 p.m. The Indians play San Jacinto on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.  An Alumni Dinner and Auction is set for Friday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jackson County Ag Center. Big-leaguers have donated thousands in memorabilia for the auction. Tickets are $100, with table sponsorships available for $1,000. Sponsors earn recognition at the dinner, 8 dinner tickets, 4 HR Derby Field Passes.  Other sponsorship opportunities are available.

A full day of activities is set for Saturday, Feb. 4, at Chipola Field. Passes to the day’s events are $10 per person for all ages. A $10 Grouper Fish Fry is available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. An MLB Alumni Homerun Derby starts at 12:30 p.m

The MLB autograph and photo session runs from 2:30 to 3:30. For $10, fans can get one item signed by each professional. Player photos and MLB baseballs will be available for purchase.

For information about alumni happenings, email John DiLaura at or visit or phone 850-718-2332.


CHIPOLA STEM EVENT—Chipola College recently hosted a STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) Event for high schoolers. More than 100 area high school students participated in hands-on activities related to epidemic, which is widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time. Students worked as epidemiologists to learn the ways pathogens spread. Here, students from ______ High School pose with their beaker trophy.

Milk Podcast


MARIANNA—Five Chipola College students recently completed a podcast presentation for the Journal of Information Assurance, Security and Protection. 

Students Chase Roberts, Jeremy Porter, Andrew Bizaillion, Thomas Rudolph, and Dylan Johns worked with faculty members Glenda Bethel, Marcus Dabai and Dr. David Bouvin on the podcast which focused on the students' research of compiled programming. 

In the podcast, the students provide an analysis of Milk, an upcoming programming language that can be utilized to solve big data issues.  Milk is a new programming language stemming from research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  The Chipola students discovered that Milk can be utilized to shorten delays that occur when compiling and analyzing large volumes of data. 

The Chipola students' podcast can be accessed by selecting the podcasts option on the JIASP website at


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CHIPOLA STUDENTS CREAT PODCAST ON MILK PROGRAMMING—Five Chipola College students recently completed a podcast presentation for the Journal of Information Assurance, Security and Protection on the new Milk programming language. Pictured from left, are: Students Chase Roberts, Jeremy Porter, Andrew Bizaillion, Thomas Rudolph, and Dylan Johns.



MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class and a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class in the Spring 2017 semester beginning in January.

Applicants may print applications from the Health Sciences web page at Applicants for either program are required to take a PERT test through the Chipola Testing Center before applying. 

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class begins Jan. 9, with an application deadline of Jan. 6.  EMT classes run the entire spring semester on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5 to 10 p.m.  Contact Tina Maloy, EMS Director at 850-718-2403, or email

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class begins Jan. 10 with an application deadline of Jan. 6.  CNA classes run for 10 weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Contact Jennifer Ham at 850-718-2316 or email

Joel Grey and Charlse Sirmon

CHIPOLA DIRECTOR MEETS JOEL GREY—Director of theater Charles Sirmon was a guest of Joel Grey at his recent Broadway production of “The Cherry Orchard.” Grey has won the Academy Award, Tony Award, and Golden Globe Award. Sirmon had a one-on-one conversation with Grey about theater education. Sirmon said, "Meeting a living acting legend with a Tony and Oscar award was a thrill and an educational experience I will never forget." Chipola's guest artist Zac West is Mr. Grey's personal wardrobe assistant and made the introduction.

Workforce Advisory

FSU PROF SPEAKS AT CHIPOLA—Dr. Alan D. Rowan, a faculty member in the Public Health Program in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University, was the guest speaker at a recent STEM event at Chipola College. Dr. Rowan (center) is pictured with Dr. Amanda Clark (left) and Dr. David Hilton.

Women's Classic


MARIANNA—The Lady Indians (9-0) host Eastern Florida State College, Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m., in the Johnson Center. Sneads State and Central Georgia play at 5 p.m.

Chipola hosts Central Georgia Tech, Saturday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. Sneads State and Eastern Florida meet at 1 p.m.

Chipola is second in the FCSAA State Poll and the number 3 team in the NJCAA National Poll.  

The Lady Indians picked up a pair of wins in the Florida Shootout on Dec. 2-3. Chipola beat Florida Southwestern, 84-53, on Dec. 2. Barbara Johnson led Chipola with 18. Raven Baker-Northcross had 14. Sydnee McDonald scored 11 points with 12 rebounds. Tiaera Phillips had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Chipola beat Central Florida, 75-43, on Dec. 3. Johnson led with 18 points. McDonald had 12 points. Danielle Garven had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Obouh Feque had 14 points.

Chipola beat Miami Dade, 85-77, on Nov. 23. McDonald led with 24 points. The Lady Indians trounced ASA Miami, 91-42, Nov. 22. Danielle Garvin led Chipola with 23 points.

The Chipola Indians (10-1) are the fifth-ranked team in the latest FCSAA State Poll and the number 23 team in the NJCAA National Poll. Chipola scored a 110-85 win over Miami-Dade on Dec. 2. Jahshire Hardnett led with 23 points. Cedric Wright had 18 points. Carter Skaggs had 18. Eric Cobb had 14.

Chipola beat Florida Southwestern, 92-84, on Dec. 3. Jamall Gregory led with 23 points. Deyshawn Martin had 21 points and 11 rebounds. Cobb had 16 points. Wright added 13.

Chipola hosts the Beef O’Brady’s Classic, Dec. 16, 17, and 18. The Lady Indians play one game against Harford, Friday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m. Chipola’s men play Harford at 7 p.m., Dec. 16. The Indians also play Monroe, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. and Jefferson College, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.

In celebration of the season, admission to the Dec. 16-18 games is free with an unwrapped toy. Fans also will be treated to holiday performances on Friday, Dec. 16, by ‘A Time to Dance’ twirlers and majorettes from Marianna Middle School and Marianna High School.



MARIANNA— Chipola College celebrates the accomplishments of 49 nursing students who completed the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program in December. Graduates are now qualified to take the state certification examination to become Registered Nurses.

Graduates include: Lindsay Anders of Bristol, Carolyn Bailey of Blountstown, Amynah Binmahfooz of Chipley, Jessica Bradley of Grand Ridge, Coubi Bush of Panama City, Summer Bush of Panama City, Holly Byler of Altha, Shelby Clark of Bonifay, Kimberly Clemons of Blountstown, Shericka Davis of Panama City, Tawanna Dunaway of Bascom, Caitlyn Ellis of Altha, Dustin Everitt of Bascom, Jennifer Fortner of Graceville, Wendy Gavin of Marianna, Wade Glisson of Grand Ridge, Jenny Godwin of Dothan, Ala., Lyndsay Griner of Panama City, Deana Griswold of Altha, David Hamilton of Sneads, Kylee Harrell of Grand Ridge, George Hoffman of Chipley, Stephanie Howell of Dothan, Ala., Nicholas Jensen of Panama City, Jordan Johnson of Bristol, Bonnie Jones of Grand Ridge, Angela Joyner of Chipley, Eli Leavins of Chipley, Mari Lipford of Marianna, Jessica Metcalf of Blountstown, Charlene Miles of Panama City Beach, Michael O'Neill of Panama City, Rhonda Owens of Sneads, Tammie Peddie of Altha, Christy Peeler of Malone, Leigh Porter of Sneads, Alexandra Rodriguez of Chipley, Allison Romero of Baltimore, M.D., Kayla Rudd of Vernon, Samantha Reed of Bristol, Brooklyn Sessions of Bristol, Kala Lambe of Altha, Mary Stefanelli of Tallahassee, Laletta Stewart of Panama City, Carolyn Stiles of Greensboro, Cora Ann Thomas of Marianna, Charley Wilson of Bonifay, Christopher Woods of Marianna and Brandi Wright of Marianna.



Graduates are not pictured in order.



MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a performance of “A Raisin in the Sun,” Jan. 19, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.  

The production is a collaboration between the William Carey University Theatre program and the Chipola Theatre Production students.

Lorraine Hansberry’s classic debuted on Broadway in 1959, and tells the story of a black family's experiences in the Washington Park Subdivision of Chicago. As the family considers an attempt to better themselves with an insurance payout following the death of the father, the widow, Lena Younger, wants to move to a more genteel neighborhood. Her eldest son aspires to be an entrepreneur. Her daughter hopes to go to medical school. Though their aspirations collide, they try to find a way to retain the family unity. The New York Drama Critics' Circle named this the best play of 1959.

Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under—may be purchased online at beginning Dec. 19 or at the CFA Box Office beginning Jan. 10. Contact the Box Office at 850-718-2420.

Torreya Trip

CHIPOLA STUDENTS VISIT TORREYA--Chipola College students in classes of Environmental Science, recently hiked a 3 mile segment of the 16 miles of Torreya Park Trails with professors: Hilton and Cuccio. The purpose was to deepen classroom studies on ecosystems, ecosystem services, conservation, biodiversity, endangered species, hotspots, and Florida flora and fauna. The students visited the rare Torreya and Yew understory trees which are endemic to the Slope forest. Torreya trees are found also in the Florida Caverns State Park and are severely endangered.

Tech Garage Set


MARIANNA—Chipola College Automotive Technology instructor John Gardner is now filming Season 3 of Tech Garage which will air on Discovery's Velocity Network in January 2017. The show can be seen locally on Comcast/Infinity 412, Direct TV 281 and Dish 246.

Chipola will host a Premiere Party to debut the first episode of season 3, Thursday, Dec. 29, at 6 p.m., in the Center for the Arts Main Theatre.

The series has aired since 2015 at 8:30 a.m. EST on Sundays.  More than 52 million American households (45% of those with television) receive Velocity. The show also is available on the web.

Advance Auto Parts sponsors the show with Masters Entertainment Group. The series includes the how’s and why’s of automotive diagnostics and repairs. This season, Gardner and his co-host Bryan Gregory, along with Chief Technician Chase Vlieg, will be transforming a project vehicle Acura RSX in the “RSX Resurrection.” The RSX will feature the work of local award-winning Williams Paint and Body. Every show this season also will feature a performance angle from Burnyzz Racing and Josh Hart, driver of an NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster.

Gardner says, “We have retained all our vendors and have acquired many new national vendors strengthening our regional economic development efforts. The Chipola Automotive programs is still my first priority. We’ve got a full class and our students are benefitting from thousands of dollars in state-of-the art equipment we use on the show and in our classes. I couldn’t do this without support from the college and our business partners.”

Chipola’s Gardner is no stranger to the camera. Since 2013, he and fellow automotive instructor Chase Vlieg, have been the national faces for Advance Auto Parts’ team member video training series used by thousands of employees. Gardner says, “I am very lucky to have so many friends who have helped me in this venture. Chase is a huge part of our success.”

The Chipola Automotive Technology program utilizes an industry-based curriculum in partnership with local shops, and an advisory committee to provide students with the competitive edge in the high-tech training environment. The program excellent job placement rates and is accredited by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) with Master NATEF Certification in all areas.

The Chipola Automotive Program has been named Florida’s Best Business and Education Partnership by the Bellwether Awards program, and was nominated for an Exemplary Practice Award. In 2015, Gardner was named Teacher of the Year by the Association of Florida Colleges.  

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