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MARIANNA—The Chipola College Workforce and Economic Development Division will host the Annual Advisory Committee Meeting, Thursday, Nov. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Chipola Cultural Center. The Keynote Speaker is Chris Hart IV, President and CEO of CareerSource Florida.

A general meeting and luncheon runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advisory Council Program Meetings will continue from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 100 area professionals and business leaders serve on 14 separate advisory committees for each of the college’s technical programs. Members advise Chipola faculty on the development, evaluation, and revision of educational programs.

For information, call Janice Holley at 850-718-2484 or email



MARIANNA—Chipola College is working to update the contact information of thousands of alumni.

Sue Stanley has been hired as the Alumni Development Staff Assistant in the Chipola Foundation. She is working to update alumni contact information and looking for alumni success stories. 

All alumni are encouraged to contact Sue with updated contact information. Chipola is looking to inform alumni about the many fine arts, athletic, and academic events on campus.  

All alumni are encouraged to send contact information or news on family and friends who may have attended Chipola to: , or by phone at 850-718-2405. Alumni may mail information to: Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL  32446.

Chipola is seeking the following information: Name/Maiden Name, Mailing address, Email address, Telephone Number the Years of Attendance at Chipola. The college also wants to hear success stories of any and all alumni. 

For more information, call Sue Stanley at 850-718-2405 or visit

B.S. Degrees


MARIANNA—Chipola College is now accepting applications for each of the college’s 10 bachelor’s degrees programs in Education, Business and Nursing.  

Application deadline is Dec. 2 for the Spring 2017 semester which begins in January. Deadline to apply for Federal Financial Aid to cover Spring tuition and fees is Nov. 17. 

Scholarships are available for all 10 B.S. degrees.  Financial aid also is available through the Chipola Foundation and through state and federal programs.  

Chipola’s tuition is $115 per semester hour for upper division courses compared to $215 per hour at nearby universities. Chipola also offers in-state tuition for Alabama and Georgia residents.

Chipola offers seven different bachelor’s degrees in the teaching field: Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, English Education, Middle School Mathematics, Secondary Mathematics, Middle School Science and Secondary Science (Biology).  All education degrees have high placement rates with excellent re-hire rates for the second year. Chipola education graduates are teaching in nearly all of the 34 public schools in the college’s service area which includes: Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington counties. For information, call 718-2416.

Chipola offers the B.S. in Business Administration with majors in Accounting or Management. Both programs have excellent placement rates. Most of the courses are offered in the evening and online. There are seven prerequisite courses for both programs: (ACG 2021) Introduction to Financial Accounting, (ACG 2071) Introduction to Managerial Accounting, (CGS 1100) Microcomputer Applications, (ECO 2013) Macroeconomics, (ECO 2023) Microeconomics, (MAC 2233) Calculus for Non-science Majors, (STA 2023) Introduction to Statistics or (STA 2122) or (QMB 2100) Business Statistics.  For information, call 718-2441.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offers all upper division classes completely on-line. Applicants must have completed an AS degree in Nursing from a regionally-accredited institution or have completed the AA degree with all prerequisites from a Florida public institution or 60 semester hours and satisfactory completion of Chipola's general education requirements including Gordon Rule and all prerequisites. Applicants must be licensed RN’s in (Florida, Alabama, or Georgia) with an overall 2.5 minimum GPA with a minimum grade of "C" in all common pre-requisites.

For information on the Chipola Nursing program, contact Dr. Karen Lipford, Dean of Health Sciences, at 850-718-2278 or email  

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MARIANNA—Chipola College recently awarded The Roy Beall/Dr. Kitty Myers Scholarship to 12 students enrolled in the college’s Bachelor’s degree programs.

Recipients are: School of Education—Shelby Lane Bryan of Bascom, Charity Newsom Sikora of Chipley, Le’Tonya La’Shandra’ Reed of Blountstown, Savannah J. Shelley of Ashford, Deborah S. Graham of Altha, Kelsey Rebekah Stewart of Bonifay, Holly E. Corne of Bonifay; School of Business & Technology—Bethany Horton of Cottondale, Shana Sloan of Bonifay, Patrick Spires of Greenwood; School of Nursing—Courtney Reeves of Bonifay and Zachary Perkins of Marianna.  

Chipola Bachelor’s degree programs include: Mathematics Education (Middle School Grades 5-9 and Secondary 6-12), Science Education (Middle School Grades 5-9 and Secondary 6-12), English Education, Exception Student Education, Elementary Education, Nursing, and Business Administration with concentrations in Management or Accounting.  

Prospective students are encouraged to tour any of the bachelor’s degree programs to learn more. Contacts for B.S. programs include: Business, Dr. David Bouvin and Katrina Griffin, 718-2380,; Nursing, Dr. Karen Lipford and Jennifer Ham, 718-2316,; Education, Dr. Pam Rentz and Shawn Keihn at 718-2492,



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CHIPOLA BEALL-MYERS SCHOLARSHIPS—Two students in Chipola’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program recently were awarded the Roy Beall-Dr. Kitty Myers Scholarship. Here, Courtney Reeves of Bonifay is congratulated by Dr. Karen Lipford, Dean of the School of Health Sciences. Not pictured is BSN student Zack Perkins.


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CHIPOLA BEALL-MYERS SCHOLARSHIPS—Seven students in Chipola’s Bachelor of Science Teacher Education program recently were awarded the Roy Beall-Dr. Kitty Myers Scholarship. Pictured from left, are: Charity Sikora of Chipley, Shelby Bryan of Bascom, and Kelsey Stewart of Bonifay.  Not pictured are: Le’Tonya La’Shandra’ Reed of Blountstown, Savannah J. Shelley of Ashford, Deborah S. Graham of Altha and Holly E. Corne of Bonifay.




TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (October 7, 2016) – The Chipola College Women’s Cross Country Team recently competed at the FSU Invitational.

Chipola picked up the FSU run to replace the Disney Cross Country Challenge which was cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew.  

All Chipola runners’ times were fairly consistent with two logging personal bests: Hannah Redmond Rees (26:15) and Katie Cox (25:30). Nicole Morse led Chipola with a 21:42. Lydia Wiedeman finished at 22:26. Jayde Smelcer ran a 24:16. Conner Melvin also completed the race but was hampered by injury.

The Chipola team finished just behind Tallahassee CC and Weber College. A total of 16 teams competed in the College Division.

Chipola next travels to the Nov. 4 NJCAA Region VIII meet in Tallahassee to compete with three other community colleges—Tallahassee, South Florida State and Pasco-Hernando. 


Chipola Student Support Services’ (SSS) TRiO Society hosted Coach Rance Massengill and English instructor Kurt McInnis at their October meeting.  Massengill discussed the intramural sports which may soon be available on Chipola’s campus. McInnis made a presentation on the importance of good decision-making. Chipola SSS holds various workshops throughout the year to enhance student development. A series of Business and Career Day workshops are set for Nov. 8–9, from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the CareerSource Chipola Career Resource Center (L 105 – next to ACE). 



MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer Firefighting I and Firefighting II night classes beginning in January 2017. Orientation is set for Jan. 5 at 5 p.m.

Firefighter I runs Jan. 23 through April 11, and meets Monday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Firefighter II will run April 17 through June 21.   

Pre-requisite for both courses is First Responder (EMT or higher certification).  An evening First Responder class will meet Jan. 9 through Jan. 19, from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Cost is $130.

Cost is approximately $1,600 each for Firefighter I or Firefighter II classes.  Firefighter I price includes: 205 hour class, book, Drug and Background Test and (4) T-shirts.  Firefighter II price includes:  192 hour class, Forestry S-130/180/L-190, use of SCBA and bunker gear.  Some financial aid is available for both classes.

For information, contact Brian Eddins at (850) 718-2483, (850) 596-4157 e-mail or visit


Graduating this term?

To determine whether you have met graduation requirements, meet with your advisor, program instructor, or one of the advisors in Student Affairs for clarification and guidance.  Final responsibility for all graduation requirements rests with the student. 

Students planning to graduate in December 2016 must complete and submit an Application for Diploma by Oct. 31.   Chipola does not automatically award degrees or certificates; students must apply.  Failure to apply by the deadline may affect your graduation term and delay the posting of your degree. 

There is no fee for graduation. These are the steps: 1. obtain an Application for Diploma from the Admissions and Records Office in Student Services Building (A); 2. ask your advisor or program instructor to complete an Unofficial Graduation Check and sign the back of the form; 3. submit your Application for Diploma by Oct. 31 to the Admissions and Records Office.

Degrees will be posted and diplomas mailed at the end of the term.

Gulf Power Presenting contribution

GULF POWER HELPS CHIPOLA TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN—Gulf Power in Chipley recently contributed a total of $4,400 toward the Take Stock in Children Funds for Jackson, Holmes and Washington Counties. Take Stock provides scholarships for local students to attend Chipola College.  Here Darrin Wall, Manager of Gulf Power in Chipley (center), presents the check to Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst (right) and Julie Fuqua, Chipola Foundation Director.


Chipola College’s Student Ambassadors have invited area high school seniors from Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington counties to visit campus on Nov. 9  The day will feature performances by the Chipola cheerleaders, men’s and women’s basketball teams, show choir and theatre. Seniors will tour campus and enjoy lunch on the lawn of the Johnson Center.

The Student Ambassadors would like to thank everyone in advance for helping make Senior Day a success!

Nancy Johnson, Student Activities Coordinator


We are seeking donations for the 18th AFC Silent Auction benefitting scholarships for children and grandchildren of AFC members.

In previous auctions, items have ranged from Beach House rentals to hand-made chairs, home-made cakes, jewelry and everything in between.

Re-gifting is welcome. Donate that Christmas gift that you never use and we’ll convert it to cash for scholarships.

Feel free to ask local businesses to make donations on your behalf.

If you have something you would like to contribute, we would like to have a commitment by Oct. 1.

Send donations to Bryan Craven in the PR office or call ext. 2264, email

Southern Fried Funeral


MARIANNA—Tickets for the Chipola College production of the comedy hit, “Southern Fried Funeral,” are on sale in the Center for the Arts Box Office and online.

The show is centered on the news that Dewey Frye is dead and the rest of his family is left to pick up the pieces—if they don't kill each other first. Funerals bring out the worst, the best, and the funniest in families. 

Actors include: Sarah Liffick as Dorothy Frye, Gracie Wallace as Sammy Jo Frye-Lefette, Darby Benjamin as Harlene Frye, Chandler King as Dewey Frye, Jr., Jaylyn Palmer as Dub Frye, Saylor Novonglosky as Atticus Van Leer, Avery Potts as Beecham Lefette, Ashleigh Braswell as Martha Ann Fox, Layton Hanlon as Fairy June Cooper, Destin Dawson as Benny Charles and A’dajah Swilley as Ozella Meeks.

The show runs Oct. 27-30 and plays nightly at 7 p.m. with a Sunday, Oct. 30, matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under.

An opening night dinner show is set for Oct. 27 with seating by reservation only.  Proceeds go to the Chipola Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges.  Tickets—$30—for dinner and show, are on sale now. 

Sirmon invites theatre fans to join the Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) Fund Patrons may join online at, or in person at the Box Office.

For information, call the Box Office at 850-718-2420 or visit



SOUTHERN FRIED FUNERAL— Tickets for the Chipola College production of the comedy hit, “Southern Fried Funeral,” are on sale in the Center for the Arts Box Office and online.  The show runs, Oct. 27-30. For information, call the Box Office at 850-718-2420 or visit

Paige Vanderwerf

VANDERWERF IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Paige Vanderwerf has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for October.  Vanderwerf serves as an Instructor for Cosmetology and has worked at the college since 2006.  Pictured from left are, Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce and Economic Development; Paige Vanderwerf and Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola Senior Vice President.

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MARIANNA—Three former Chipola College baseball players are playing in Major League Baseball’s post season and all three could end up in the World Series.  

 Chipola’s most famous alumni, Jose Baustista and Russell Martin, are leading the Toronto Blue Jays into battle with the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series beginning Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. CST.  The winner of the best of seven series will represent the AL in the World Series. Dodgers rookie and former Chipola player Andrew Toles is a reserve outfielder in LA’s NLCS matchup with the Chicago Cubs. The best of seven series begins Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m.

If the Dodgers and Blue Jays are successful in their respective league championship series, three former Chipola players could end up in the World Series. Chipola baseball coach Jeff Johnson says, “It’s just exciting to see our former players competing on the biggest stage in baseball. We are so proud of these guys for their success and for representing Chipola in such a positive way.”

Bautista and Martin last played together at Chipola in 2000-01, leading the Indians to a Panhandle Conference title and a second place finish in the state tournament.

Bautista is a six-time All-Star, with the fans selecting him every year from 2010 to 2015. In 2010, Bautista became the 26th member of the 50 home run club which includes Babe Ruth, David Ortiz and Mickey Mantle. Bautista led the majors in homeruns in 2010 (54) and 2011 (43). He signed a five-year $65 million contract in 2011. During his time in the majors, he has played for the Pirates, the Orioles and the Royals. He was drafted by the Pirates in the 20th round of the 2000 draft. 

Martin, a Canadian native, is the Jays everyday catcher. He has played in 52 postseason games during his nine-year career. The four-time All-Star (2015, 2011, 2008 and 2007) was drafted by the Dodgers in 2002 and made his MLB debut in 2006. He spent five years with the Dodgers before moving on to the Yankees. In 2012, he led the Pirates to their first post-season appearance in 21 years. In 2014, the 32 year-old signed a five-year, $82 million contract, with the Jays, the biggest free agent contract in team history.  

Dodgers rookie Andrew Toles was 1 for 2 at the plate and had an outfield assist to stop Jason Werth from scoring in LA’s 4-3 game five win over Washington in the NLDS on Oct. 13.

Toles was drafted out of Chipola by Tampa in 2012. He was the Rays’ Minor League Player of the Year the next season, but left the Rays and baseball for a year in 2014. Toles worked in a grocery store in Georgia that year while he was improving his swing and speed. The Dodgers signed him to a minor league deal in October 2015. He was in the big leagues by July 2016. He can play all three outfield positions, but his Aug. 30 grand slam against the Rockies, got everyone’s attention for his work at the plate. He is batting an impressive .314 in his first season.