Chipola This Week Calendar QEP The Odd Couple Theatre Showcase Florida Council of Teachers of ENGLISH Tennis Anyone? Florida Lottery TRiO First Responders Melvin SCHOLARSHIP Awarded Marine Corp Phi Beta Lambda SSS Orientation Law Enforcement Classes Chipola This Week

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Chipola’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) was developed over a two-year period with input from students, faculty, staff, and trustees.

The QEP will help students identify career goals and educational pathways and is supported by educational research and best practices. On Chipola’s Fall 2016 Entering Student Survey, 100% of respondents indicated “yes” or “maybe” when asked if they needed help identifying a college major or career.  After analyzing data, feedback from constituencies, and best practices, the college identified the goal of its QEP: To Enable Students to Make Informed Decisions Regarding Their Career Goals and Related Educational Pathways.  To achieve its goal, the college will develop and implement a two-credit course, SLS 1401, Career and Life Planning, that first-time in college, degree-seeking students will take during their initial semester of enrollment. Through self-assessments and career exploratory assignments, students will attain the following outcomes:

  1. Students will assess their personal skills, interests, and values related to career options.
  2. Students will research the viability of career options related to the results of their self-assessments.
  3. Students will establish career goals.
  4. Students will formulate personal educational plans related to their career goals.

The college anticipates a decrease in the number of students who have not declared a college major after completing the course.  Institutional data and results of student assignment and reflections, will provide data for assessment of the QEP.  

Chipola has dedicated resources to ensure faculty members are prepared to teach SLS 1401. Plans include the development of SLS 1401 by a team of faculty during fall 2017, through a pilot course in spring 2018, and full implementation in summer and fall 2018.  Assessment processes will ensure effective evaluation, and planning throughout the next five years, at which time the course will be fully embedded in the institution.

The Odd Couple

CAST selected FOR Chipola’s Odd Couple (Female version)

MARIANNA—Chipola Theater Director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors in The Odd Couple (Female Version) which opens a four-day run, Oct. 26.  

The cast includes: Ashleigh Braswell as Olive, Mary Keyton as Florence, Sarah Liffick as Mickey, Breeanna Bennett as Vera, Landry Tharp as Sylvia, Sydney Cobb as Renee, Kane Keffer as Manolo and Destin Dawson as Jesus.

The play takes place in New York City in 1985. Unger and Madison are at it again—Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's contemporary comic classic: the female version of 'The Odd Couple.' Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Costazuela brothers—but the hilarity remains the same.

For information, contact Charles Sirmon at 718-2227 or email

Theatre Showcase

CHIPOLA THEATRE SHOWCASE IS A HIT--A host of theatre-goers attended the recent Chipola College Theatre Showcase. The event is a fundraiser for Chipola theater majors’ educational trip to New York City. Here, students perform a dance routine.

Chipola Host Florida Council of Teachers of English


MARIANNA—The Florida Council of Teachers of English (FCTE) professional development institute will be held at Chipola College Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST.

Dr. Pam Rentz, Chipola Vice President of Instructional Affairs, is an FCTE board member and Executive Editor of the Florida English Journal. Chipola Literature Instructor Amie Myers serves as assistant editor of the journal. Carrie Dunkle Perry, a native of Marianna and English teacher at Prew Academy in Sarasota, is the President of the FCTE.

Dr. Rentz says, “This is the first time this statewide conference has been held in the Panhandle. We invite all area English/Language Arts teachers to attend to share in the latest and best practices in teaching.”

The theme of the meeting is “Finding Our Balance.”  Workshops will center on helping teachers find and maintain balance between: testing and teaching, work life and home life, STEM and the arts, technology and text, and classic and contemporary.

Presenters include: Dr. Troy Hicks is a professor of English and education at Central Michigan University; Elizabeth Thomas, published poet, performer, educator and advocate of the arts; Carol Jago, who taught English in middle and high school for over 30 years in California; and Mark Hinson, journalist and entertainment columnist for the Tallahassee Democrat.

For information about the conference, visit or phone 850-718-2305.

Tennis Ball


Chipola Students Services is sponsoring Tennis Tuesday for Chipola students and employees.   Anyone interested in playing tennis is asked to show up at the courts, Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 3:15 p.m. Play will continue to meet on Tuesdays until we name a Campus Champion. 

All levels of skill are welcome. The college also has a few rackets and free tennis balls available.

Math instructor Bunny Odom, a life-long tennis player, is helping with Tennis Tuesday along with Rance Massengill, Pool Manager. 

For more information, contact Odom in D-123 or at 718-2235 or Massengill in A105 or 718-2440.

Florida Lottery


MARIANNA— The Florida Lottery was scheduled to participate, for the sixth year in a row, in the Chipola College Fall Festival, Thursday, Sept. 28.

Lottery officials—including Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell—were scheduled to be on hand to meet Bright Futures scholarship recipients and to celebrate the Lottery’s 29-year history of supporting education in Florida.

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 enjoy music and free food. The Lottery provides free t-shirts, giveaways and a drawing for premium door prizes. Since Bright Futures was established in 1997, the Lottery has contributed more than $5 billion to send more than 750,000 students to college. To date, more than 5,000 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to Chipola students, totaling $8 million.

TRiO Officers

CHIPOLA TRIO OFFICERS—The Chipola College TRIO Society recently held an Installation of 2017-2018 Officers. Pictured from left, are: Angie Tyler-SSS Student Adviser, Donna Chandler-SSS Departmental Staff Assistant, Parliamentarian-Danny Morales, SGA Liaison-Charli Robbirds, President-Tyre Myrick, Assistant Secretary-Christopher Oliver, Social Media Consultant-Dazhonna Dawson, Secretary-Josalynne Giles, Vice President-Cristina Ramirez, Treasurer-Ariel Beswick and Kristie Mosley-SSS Director.

First Responders


MARIANNA, Fla. – Some 200 first responders from Louisiana and Mississippi got the royal treatment at the Chipola Public Service Building as they staged there in preparation to assist in Hurricane Irma recovery efforts.

Chipola volunteers provided sleeping quarters, showers and three meals a day for three days with donations and help from Evangel, Rivertown and Trinity Churches, Register’s Meats, Panhandle RV and the Baptist College of Florida Conference Center. Chipola also provided meals for Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Fire and Rescue, Marianna Police and Fire Departments and Florida Highway Patrol.

Jamie McAllister, Director of Criminal Justice and Public Service Programs, said, “Our guests said this was the best they had ever been treated. We were glad to host them in preparation for their important work.”

During the teams’ 14-day deployment to Florida, the State Emergency Operations Center will dispatch the teams to different areas of the state to assist with collapsed buildings, swift water rescue, and search and recovery.

Melvin Scholarship

MELVIN SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED—Four Chipola College students majoring in engineering recently were awarded the Mike Melvin Memorial Scholarship. Pictured from left, are: Engineer Cleve Dryden, Ruth Melvin, scholarship recipients—Bryan Buchanan, Trevor Brogdon, Trent Woodham, Quaid Van Huss—and Engineer Randy Lane. Funds for the scholarship are raised through an annual golf tournament in Melvin’s memory.

Marine Corps PLC


MARIANNA—Chipola College invites students interested in becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps to attend a meeting at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Building Z, Room 116 (Jackson Hall), on the Chipola campus.

Students will learn how they can enroll in a bachelor’s degree program at Chipola and earn a commission as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps after graduation through the Marine PLC (Platoon Leaders Course) program.

In addition to scholarships and/or stipends, PLC students have the opportunity to participate in leadership, physical fitness events, and team-building activities.

For more information about Marine Corps PLC at Chipola, visit or contact Dr. David Bouvin at 718-2380 or


Enjoy a great meal while supporting Chipola College's Future Educators Club at Marianna Beef O’Brady’s Spirit Night, Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. Let your server know that you are there supporting Chipola Future Educators Club, and 10% of your bill will go to the FEC.

SSS Orientation

Students recently attended Chipola College’s Student Support Services (SSS) orientation in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). SSS Advisor Angie Tyler provided an overview of resources available through SSS including academic advising, career counseling, financial aid, scholarships, and graduation requirements. An ACE Lab partnership with SSS provides free tutoring for all students.

Upcoming SSS/TRiO events include: Business & Career Day in the CareerSource Chipola Career Resource Center - October 11 and 12 and a FSU Campus Tour/Football game on October 21. SSS students must RSVP for the FSU game prior to Oct. 6.

For information, call 718-2431.



MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer daytime and evening Law Enforcement Academy and Corrections to Law Enforcement Cross-over classes beginning in late September. 

The daytime classes will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Evening classes meet weeknights from 5:30 to until 9:30 p.m.

Prior to admission, all candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT).  The test is offered at the Chipola Public Service Building Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m.  Cost of the test is $45. 

Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening. Financial assistance is available based upon need and eligibility.

Classes are forming now. If interested please contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 850-718-2286.