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Chamber First Responder Recognition

CHIPOLA HOSTS CHAMBER FIRST RESPONDER RECOGNITION--Chipola College recently hosted the Jackson County County Chamber of Commerce appreciation luncheon for local first responders. Special recognitions were made to first responders who worked the school bus in Jackson County earlier this year. Jorrian Wesley, the last student extracted from the bus was at the meeting. Pictured from left, are: Jorrian’s father, William Gilbert, his grandmother, Emma Gilbert, Jorrian Wesley and Andre Walker of the Gadsden County Fire Department.



The Chipola Artist Series opens Sept. 22 with Two on Tap. The show brings audiences back in time to an era when Fred and Ginger and Mickey and Judy filled the silver screen with undeniable chemistry, effortless harmony, and precision tap dancing. Gorgeous vocals, exciting choreography, and unique musical arrangements all take center stage in a show that has entertained tens of thousands worldwide. Learn more at

Individual tickets for Two on Tap are on sale now for $20, and $10 for under 18. Season tickets for all four events are on sale for $60. Single event tickets range from $20-$25 for adults, $10 for under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees

Described as “a young Gladys Knight,” Melinda Doolittle is a soul–stirring songstress who will perform on Oct. 8. Doolittle became a household on American Idol in 2007 when she came in third in the voting.

The internationally-acclaimed Cashore Marionettes will present a show for all ages, Feb. 16. Through virtuoso manipulation, music and theatrical illusion, the vignettes presented in Simple Gifts provide an entertaining vision of what it is to be human.

The season rounds out Mar. 28 with Jump, Jive and Wail featuring The Jive Aces. The first ever band to reach the semifinals of Britain's Got Talent, also performed for Her Majesty The Queen. The Aces are renowned for their high energy Jump Jive music and spectacular stage show.

Box Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon. Online tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show.

For more information, call 718-2420 or visit

Fall Festival


MARIANNA— The Florida Lottery will participate, for the fifth year in a row, in the Chipola College Fall Festival, Thursday, Sept. 29.

Lottery officials will be on hand to meet Bright Futures scholarship recipients and to celebrate the Lottery’s 28-year history of supporting education in Florida.

All Chipola students are excused from classes Sept. 29, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. Chipola’s Student Government Association puts on the annual event for the student body. The event will be held in front of the Chipola gym, the Milton Johnson Center.

In addition to Outrageous Relay Races, students will enjoy music and free food. Several universities are expected to send recruiters to meet with potential students. The Lottery will provide free t-shirts and a drawing for premium door prizes.

Since Bright Futures was established in 1997, the Lottery has contributed more than $3.9 billion to send more than 600,000 students to college. To date, more than 5,000 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to Chipola students, totaling $8 million.

For information about the Fall Festival, call 718-2308 or visit the Chipola Student Activities Office, K-105.



MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a Firefighting II day class beginning Oct. 24 and ending on Dec. 8. Times are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Pre-requisites are First Responder (EMT or higher certification) and Firefighter I.

Cost is approximately $800, and includes: 225 hour class, Forestry S-130/180/L-190, book, Drug and Background Test and (4) T-shirts.

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

Power Probe

POWER PROBE DONATES TO CHIPOLA AUTOMOTIVE PROGRAM—Power Probe President Jeff Whisenand was a recent guest on the Velocity & MAVTV Networks television show Motorhead Garage hosted by Chipola instructor John Gardner. Power Probe donated multiple Power Probe Basics and Power Probe IV for Chipola students to use in their electrical diagnosis and training. Power Probe is dedicated to proper electrical diagnosing and to the creation of innovative, easy to use diagnostic equipment for the automotive industry. Gardner says, “Power Probe’s motto is ‘the right tool makes all the difference,’ and in this case the right tool is getting into the hands of future technicians, thanks to the generosity of Power Probe.”

President's Coalition


MARIANNA—A standing coalition of higher education leadership has resolved to work proactively in strategic partnership to promote economic growth and development throughout Northwest Florida.

The Florida Panhandle Presidents’ Coalition is made up of state college and university presidents, including: Dr. Judy Bense, University of West Florida (UWF); Dr. Edward Meadows, Pensacola State College; Dr. Sasha Jarrell, Northwest Florida State College; Dr. Jason Hurst, Chipola College; Dr. John Holdnak, Gulf Coast State College; and Dr. Jim Murdaugh, Tallahassee Community College.

Chipola President Dr. Jason Hurst, says, “It’s unique that presidents at colleges and universities across our region are committed to crossing borders to do what’s best for the region and not just our own institutions. CEO’s are competitive by nature and we don’t always want to share our best ideas. This group has realized that, by working together, we can accomplish much more for the people we serve.”

Most colleges brought their resident grant writers to the coalition meeting. Some already have collaborated on successful grant applications. Hurst pointed to the work of the Alabama/Florida Technical Employment Network (AF-TEN) as a positive example of working across boundaries to achieve shared goals. AF-TEN won a $10 million grant to start new welding programs at Chipola, L. B. Wallace, Northwest Florida State, Pensacola State, and Wallace Community College. The grant was awarded in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Today, all five colleges in the network have robust enrollment in their welding programs. Building onto the multi-college welding initiative, the president’s discussed the establishment of a North West Florida Business and Industry Mobile Training Institute.

Additionally, UWF, in partnership with Florida’s Great Northwest, recently was awarded a grant by the U.S. Economic Development Administration aimed at creating a regional plan for economic transformational. The aims of the plan will be to provide a framework for the diversification and expansion of Northwest Florida’s economy, thereby reducing the region’s heavy dependence on tourism- and defense-related revenues.

Darwin Gilmore, Chipola College Dean of Workforce and Economic Development, said, “It is exciting to see what is in store for the last frontier in the great state of Florida. In support of this planned economic diversity, we see our university and college presidents demonstrating a commitment to value our educational assets and develop a coordinated effort to establish the degrees, certificates and ultimately the workforce solution we need for long term success. Without adequate technical degrees and corporate training, new industry will not locate in our region. This will be a key next step in our economic development strategy.”

Two major economic development projects also were discussed in the meeting. The first is a 2,200 acre mega site in North Jackson County preparing to receive a tenant, ideally an automotive manufacturing plant. The site, created through an Alabama-Florida partnership, has the potential to employ thousands and spawn related businesses throughout the region.

The second project discussed by the group is the potential for a Panama City company to win a $10 billion contract to build cutter ships for the U.S. Coast Guard. Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama City is a finalist for the 20-year contract which has the potential to bring thousands of jobs and create supply chain businesses across the area.

Dr. John Holdnack, President of Gulf Coast State College, says, “In this case, a rising tide really does lift all boats. The impact of this Coast Guard project would have far-reaching effects for two decades. Gulf Coast State will need help to provide the training for this project. It is imperative that we work together to serve our college communities and the region at large.”

As the group further discussed future projects, Pensacola State President, Dr. Ed Meadows, recommended establishing Regional Economic Development Centers to provide a network for economic progress in Northwest Florida. Meadows, said, “These Economic Development Centers would recruit business and industry, promote the region, help with public policy strategy, and provide business incubation and training.” Meadow said the centers would also help unify job creation efforts in the region and offer on-site training at each college.

Dr. Brice Harris, Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Opportunity at UWF, presented information on Triumph Gulf Coast, which will oversee the disbursement of funds recovered for state economic damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Funds will be used to invest in economic recovery, diversification and enhancement of the eight coastal counties of Northwest Florida that were most impacted by the spill. The President’s Coalition is in the process of formulating a proposal for the use education as a central tenet of the region’s economic future.

Also attending the meeting were: Dr. Debbie Douma, Pensacola State; Dr. Anne Southard, Northwest Florida State; Dr. Matthew Hughes, Chipola College; Al McCambry, Gulf Coast State, and Stephen Soloman, Tallahassee Community College.



Applications are now being accepted for the Optimist Club of Jackson County the Mellie McDaniel Optimist Club of Jackson County Memorial Scholarship. The deadline is Oct. 1.

Partial tuition and/or books are available to the selected applicant who is a child or grandchild of a law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or emergency responder and is a resident of the 14th Judicial Circuit (Washington, Holmes, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf or Bay Counties).

Applicants must have 2.0 high school GPA and maintain a 2.0 each semester at Chipola. must be a full-time student. Applicants must show evidence of leadership in school and community activities. Two letters of recommendation from a non-relative are required. Top applicants will be interviewed by the scholarship committee.

Completed applications must be received by Oct. 1. Mail applications to: Optimist Club of Jackson County, P.O. Box 9624, Marianna, FL 32447.

U.S. News Best Colleges List


MARIANNA—The latest U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings are good news for Chipola College.

Chipola was 10th on the list of Top Public Schools in the South and number 52 among the Best Regional Colleges in the South.

Chipola President Dr. Jason Hurst, said, “We are extremely honored to learn of our U.S. News Best Colleges ranking. We work every day to provide high quality education to our students. Our faculty and students should be proud to be recognized for their work.”

In the Top Public Schools in the South ranking, Chipola was tied for 10th with Bluefield State College (WV) and Georgia Gwinnett College. The Public Schools category includes colleges and universities that typically operate under the supervision of state governments and are funded, in part, by tax dollars and subsidies from the state. Public schools run the gamut from small liberal arts colleges to large research institutions.

On the Best Regional Colleges in the South list, Chipola College was number 52. High Point University (NC) was first, and Flagler College (FL) was second. Regional Colleges focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines; this category also includes schools, such as Chipola, that have small bachelor's degree programs but primarily grant two-year associate degrees.

While many national websites and publications now draft their own college rankings, U.S. News and World Report’s is among the most popular. U.S. News creates the yearly rankings by using academic factors like class size, student to faculty ratio, and opinions from education experts. But the biggest factor was graduation rate and retention rate. "These are important indicators of how well a school supports its students both academically and financially," Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News, said in a press release. "Getting into a good school means nothing if you cannot graduate."

U.S. News gathers data on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence to create the rankings. Each factor is assigned a weight, and colleges in each category are ranked based on their composite weighted score. Rankings are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education which has been the basis of the Best Colleges rankings since they was first published in 1983.

The indicators used to capture academic quality fall into a several categories: graduation and first-year student retention rates, assessment by administrators at peer institutions, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance The indicators include input measures that reflect a school's student body, its faculty and its financial resources, along with outcome measures that signal how well the institution educates students. Chipola was included in the rankings as an ACT/SAT test optional school. Chipola uses test scores for placement in mathematics and writing courses.

The rankings that include Chipola College are available at:

Chipola is designated as a state college in the Florida College System. Established in 1947, Chipola offers the Bachelor of Science Degree, the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs. Its in-state tuition and fees are $3,120 (2015-16); out-of-state tuition and fees are $8,950 (2015-16). Chipola offers in-state tuition to Alabama and Georgia residents.

For information about Chipola College, visit or phone 850-526-2761.


Area Publicity on U.S. News Ranking


CHIPOLA MAKES U.S. NEWS BEST COLLEGES LIST--The latest U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings are good news for Chipola College. Chipola was 10th on the list of Top Public Schools in the South and number 52 among the Best Regional Colleges in the South. Here, Chipola student Kimberly Clemons prepares to view a slide in a college science lab.



Chipola College is once again offering the flu shot on campus. The flu shot clinic will be offered on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH FROM 9:00 AM UNTIL 12:00 NOON IN ROOM A-186. No appointment necessary. Please mark your calendar if you are interested.

• If you are a covered member in Chipola’s health insurance plan, BCBS Blue Options, you must present your health ID card at the time of the flu shot.
• Covered dependents, ages 4 and up, are eligible to participate.
• Non-covered members may participate at a cost of $25 per person. Payment is due at the time of service. Cash, check or money order will be accepted.

Please contact HR with any questions.


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