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CHIPOLA WINS GOLD IN FDOE PERFORMANCE RANKINGS
TALLAHASSEE—Chipola College has been named one of the top colleges in the Florida College System earning a Gold ranking in the state’s performance program.
Chipola was one of only seven colleges to earn Gold among the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. The Florida Board of Education announced the annual performance rankings of Gold, Silver, Bronze and Purple at a July 18 meeting. The seven Gold colleges are: Chipola College, Santa Fe, Palm Beach State, Eastern Florida State, Seminole State, South Florida State and Valencia. Chipola earned a Silver ranking in—2016 and 2015—the first two years of the rankings.
Chipola earned the Gold ranking for performance in four key areas: student retention, graduation rate, job placement, and entry level wages after graduation.
Chipola President Dr. Sarah Clemmons said the prestigious Gold ranking confirms the great work of Chipola’s students and employees. “Everyone at Chipola works hard every day to help our students succeed. We know our students and faculty are doing excellent work, and it’s very encouraging when our efforts are validated by the Florida Department of Education.”
Dr. Clemmons pointed to several factors that lead to Chipola’s success. “Everything we do at Chipola is about helping students succeed and move on to a career or to gain more education. We try to put students first in every decision, and we strive to keep class sizes small to encourage student-teacher interaction. We have a highly-qualified faculty and staff leading an excellent academic program. We also have an outstanding extracurricular program for students to connect to others with similar interests.”
Clemmons pointed to two specific programs that have led to recent gains in student performance: the ACE Lab and Dropout Detective. “Our Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) provides free peer tutoring in every subject. This award-winning program has greatly improved student success and graduation rates,” Clemmons said. The college also initiated Dropout Detective last year to help faculty and advisers monitor student performance and offer strategies to help students succeed.
Chipola offers 41 different educational programs in four main areas: bachelor’s degrees, associate in arts degrees, associate in science degrees and workforce certificates.
More information is available at www.chipola.edu
CHIPOLA TOPS STATE IN PEFORMANCE RANKINGS
By Lloyd Dunkelberger | The News Service of Florida
TALLAHASSEE — Chipola College, the third-smallest institution among Florida’s 28 state colleges, was the top-ranked school in an annual evaluation tied to performance funding.
The school, which serves about 3,100 students in Marianna, received the highest point total in the state’s performance assessment, which measures colleges on issues such as retention of students, graduation times and job placement.
The assessment is important because it will guide the distribution of $30 million in state performance funding to schools in the academic year that began July 1. The state money is combined with $30 million in funding from the colleges to create a $60 million performance-funding program.
In Chipola’s case, by reaching the top performance tier, which is known as the “gold” colleges, the school will receive a total of $752,000 in performance funding in 2017-18, including more than $473,000 in state funds.
Chipola was one of seven state colleges to reach the gold level this year, an improvement over last fall, when only three schools reached that level.
Santa Fe College and Valencia College remained at the gold level and were joined by five schools, including Chipola, that improved enough from last year to rise from the second tier, known as “silver” schools, to reach the highest level.
The other gold schools were Palm Beach State College, Eastern Florida State College, Seminole State College of Florida and South Florida State College.
Lake-Sumter State College dropped from the gold level last year to silver this year. It was joined by 14 other silver-level colleges — including Gulf Coast State College — that will receive a portion of the $30 million in state performance funding, ranging from $4.4 million for Miami-Dade College, the system’s largest school, to about $196,000 for North Florida Community College. Gulf Coast will get a total of $1.13 million in state and institutional performance funding
Florida SouthWestern State College rose from last year’s “bronze” level, where the schools do not receive state performance funding, to the silver and will receive about $782,000 in state funding this year.
Six schools fell into this year’s bronze category, meaning they will not receive any share of the $30 million in state performance funding but will be able to access shares of their own “institutional” performance funding.
Hillsborough Community College and Pasco-Hernando State College fell out of the silver category into this year’s bronze. The other bronze colleges were College of Central Florida, Pensacola State College, Polk State College and Northwest Florida State College.
Pensacola State and Polk State improved from last year’s “purple” rating, where they received no state performance funding and had their institutional funding frozen until they showed improvement.
On the performance metrics, the 28 schools generally performed well on starting salaries for graduates and for graduates either moving into jobs or continuing their educations.
But the schools faced more significant challenges in retaining students from year to year and in graduating them in a timely manner.
Valencia had the highest retention rate, measured at 69 percent for students who returned for another year in the fall of 2014, and Northwest Florida State College had the lowest rate at 56.6 percent.
In graduation time, Santa Fe had the highest rate of students earning two-year degrees within three years of their enrollment at 78 percent in 2013. Pensacola State had the lowest rate, at 38 percent.
The performance metrics were part of a higher-education policy debate during the 2017 legislative session, with Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, pushing for a more-stringent measurement of graduation times for state college and university students. But the performance changes died when Gov. Rick Scott vetoed the policy bill (SB 374).
Here is a list showing how much money each college will receive. The first number is a total of state and institutional performance funding, with the state portion listed in parenthesis.
Santa Fe College: $2.6 million ($1.63 million)
Eastern Florida State College: $2.99 million ($1.88 million)
Chipola College: $752,000 ($473,417)
Palm Beach State College: $4.1 million ($2.58 million)
Seminole State College of Florida: $3.1 million ($1.9 million)
South Florida State College: $1.1 million ($672,246)
Valencia College: $5.8 million ($3.65 million)
Broward College: $4.46 million ($2.23 million)
Daytona State College: $2.55 million ($1.27 million)
Florida SouthWestern State College: $1.56 million ($781,577)
Florida State College at Jacksonville: $3.88 million ($1.94 million)
Florida Keys Community College: $355,000 ($177,720)
Gulf Coast State College: $1.13 million ($562,885)
Indian River State College: $2.5 million ($1.25 million)
Florida Gateway College: $668,000 ($334,174)
Lake-Sumter State College: $713,000 ($356,633)
Miami Dade College: $8.75 million ($4.4 million)
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota: $1.3 million ($636,272)
North Florida Community College: $391,000 ($195,613)
St. Johns River State College: $997,000 ($498,307)
St. Petersburg College: $3.5 million ($1.76 million)
Tallahassee Community College: $1.6 million ($814,735)
College of Central Florida: $555,707
Hillsborough Community College: $1.7 million
Northwest Florida State College: $480,000
Pasco-Hernando State College: $802,000
Pensacola State College: $876,476
Polk State College: $772,393
Source: Florida College System/Florida Department of Education
* These colleges do not receive shares of the state performance money
CHIPOLA COLLEGE FALL APPLICATION DEADLINE
MARIANNA—New students planning enroll in Fall classes at Chipola College are encouraged to submit an Application for Admission by Aug. 3.
Applications are available in the Admissions Office located in the Student Services Building or online at www.chipola.edu. Regular registration for Fall classes is Aug. 16-18. Classes begin Aug. 21.
There are several steps in the application process: (1) complete the college Admission Application or call 718-2311 for assistance; (2) request a final high school transcript be sent to Admission and Records Office; and (3) take the College Placement Test (non-exempt students); call 718-2284 for assistance.
Chipola offers Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate in Arts Degrees, Associate in Science Degrees and Workforce Development programs and certifications.
Bachelor’s Degrees include: Education majors in Middle and High School Math or Science, English Education, Exceptional Student Education and Elementary Education; a Business Administration degree with concentrations in Management, Accounting, Information Technology and Engineering Management; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Additionally, the college offers the Educator Preparation Institute, a Teacher Certification program for those with a B.S. in a non-teaching field.
The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is designed for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work and then transfer to a four-year program at Chipola or another college or university. Credits are transferable and are applicable toward a bachelor’s degree. Advising guides that outline requirements for specific majors are available at http://www.chipola.edu/studentservices/cguides/index.html
Several Associate in Science (AS) and Workforce programs are offered which provide training for high wage jobs. Workforce programs include: Automotive Service Technology, Correctional Officer, Cosmetology, Firefighter I & II, Law Enforcement Officer, Nursing Assistant and Welding.
Associate in Science (AS) programs include: Nursing (RN), Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology, Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Computer Information Technology, Fire Science Technology, Criminal Justice Technology, Networking Services Technology, and Recreation Technology.
College Credit Certificate programs include: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT); Paramedic; Advanced Manufacturing: Pneumatics, Hydraulics, and Motors Certification, Child Care Center Management, and Engineering Tech Support Specialist Certificate.
Computer Information Technology certificates include: Geographic Information Systems, Help Desk Support Technician and IT Support Specialist. Network Systems Technology Certificates include: Digital Forensics, Network/Cyber Security, Network Support Technician and Server Administration.
The schedule of classes is available online at www.chipola.edu. For information, call 718-2211.
TIMMONS IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Diane Timmons is Chipola College’s Career Employee for July. Diane Timmons serves as a Senior Staff Assistant in the Human Resources Department and has worked at the college since 1985. Pictured from left, are: Karan Davis, Associate Vice President of Human Resources; Diane Timmons and Chipola President, Dr. Sarah Clemmons.
CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES SEASON TICKETS ON SALE AUG. 7
MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series promises an exciting line-up of great entertainment for all ages for the 2017-18 season. Season tickets go on sale Aug. 7.
Opening Sept. 21 with an immersive blend of technology, live music, and three-part pop/folk sibling harmonies, Derik Nelson & Family delivers a concert experience like no other. Featuring pristine sound, a state of the art light show, and an integrated 20-foot video display, Derik’s interactive “clones” are featured throughout the show on the 5 screen video wall. Derik has appeared regularly as the lead guitarist on television’s “Glee,” among other shows. Learn more at www.deriknelson.com.
In 1998, Brian Haverkate gathered singers, who needed no instrumental accompaniment, to form the first group of its kind at Florida State University. Dubbed All-Night Yahtzee, the group held its first concert in 1999, and a cappella music was born at FSU and has since evolved into one of the most noted groups in the nation. Performing Nov. 7, Yahtzee has been featured on the Pitch-Perfect reality TV series. Learn more at www.anyahtzeefsu.com.
Take Jerry Lee Lewis, add some Victor Borge, Beethoven on steroids, garnish with Schroeder from Peanuts, throw it all in a blender, and what comes out is an unmistakable Jason Farnham show. The variety includes contemporary romantic piano, jazz, bossa nova, blues, stride piano, and classical with a modern twist! The Feb. 18 performance will entertain all ages of your family. Learn more at www.jasonfarnham.com.
The Young Irelanders include eight sensational performers who have Irish traditional music, song and dance running through their veins. The group has performed for many heads of state, Presidents of Ireland, US Presidents, the Queen of England and more. Learn more at www.theyoungirelanders.com.
Season tickets—$60—go on sale Aug. 7. Season ticket holders get a VIP pass to Meet the Artist receptions. Single event tickets will vary between $20-$25 for adults, $10 for children under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees. Individual tickets for Derik Nelson and Family go on sale Sept 1. Reserved seating for season tickets will be limited after Aug. 14.
For information, call the Center for the Arts Box Office at 850-718-2420 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice. The Box Office opens Aug. 7.
CHIPOLA TO OFFER CNA CLASS—Chipola College offers a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program to prepare students for a new career in just 10 weeks. Jobs are available in local hospitals and nursing homes with great benefits and vacation packages. The next (CNA) class begins Aug. 21 with an application deadline of Aug. 3. Classes run for 10 weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, contact Jennifer Ham at 850-718-2316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Here, Chipola CNA instructor Tracy Speights, works with a student.
CHIPOLA TO OFFER EMT, PARAMEDIC AND CNA CLASSES
MARIANNA—Chipola College is now accepting applications for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Paramedic and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) classes for the Fall 2017 semester which begins in August.
Applications may be printed from the Health Sciences page at www.chipola.edu Applicants for EMT and Paramedic are required to take a PERT test through the Chipola Testing Center before applying.
An orientation for EMT and Paramedic students will be held for all students, Monday, Aug. 14, at 5 p.m.
The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class begins Aug. 21, with an application deadline of Aug. 3. The EMT program consists of 300 clock hours and will be 16 weeks in length. EMT classes meet from 5 to 10 p.m., Monday through Wednesday.
The Paramedic Program is 3 semesters and begins Aug. 21. Day classes meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and are designed to accommodate students by providing a flexible A & B schedule.
Contact Tina Maloy, EMS Director at 850-718-2403, or email email@example.com
ENDLESS SUMMER EVENT SET FOR AUG. 26
MARIANNA—The Chipola Appreciation Club’s “Endless Summer” dinner and dance is set for Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Marianna National Guard Armory.
Chipola graduate Sen. Bill Montford is hosting the event. Proceeds will go to a new endowment in honor of Robert Trammell, a former Chipola basketball player and long-time supporter of Chipola athletics.
Trammell graduated from Chipola in 1966 where he played on the basketball team coached by the late Coach Milton Johnson. In 2013, Trammell helped raise $50,000 to erect a bronze statue of Coach Johnson in front of the college gymnasium.
Trammell has served multiple terms as president of the Chipola Appreciation Club which raises thousands annually to support the college’s athletic program. Through his leadership at events like Endless Summer, the club has established a $1.6 million Athletic Endowment.
While serving in the Florida House of Representatives, Trammell helped secure funding for three new buildings at Chipola: Public Service, Literature/Language and Natural Science Lab. He also helped the college win grant funds to renovate the old Field House into a Cultural Center.
As an attorney, former teacher and coach, Trammell has enabled countless students to attend Chipola. Robert met his wife Kay at Chipola, and their children, Meredith and Doug, also are Chipola graduates.
Endless Summer will feature music by The Villagers, a popular Chipola band which has performed since the 1960’s. Original Villagers–Cliff Ellis, Allen Myers, George Boyer, Walter Dover and Andy Murray—will play dance favorites, including their hit song “Laugh It Off.”
Tickets are $50 per person for a southern barbecue dinner, social hour and dance beginning at 6:30 p.m. Summer casual attire is recommended.
Tickets are available online at http://www.chipola.edu/endlesssummer/ or by phoning Sue Stanley at 850-718-2405.
FIREFIGHTER COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE
MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer Firefighting I and Firefighting II day classes beginning in Aug. 2017. Orientation is set for Aug. 24 at 5 p.m.
Firefighter I runs Sept. 12 through Oct. 26 and meets Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a total of 206 hours. Cost is $670.
Firefighter II will run Oct 31 through Dec. 14, and meets Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a total of 192 hours. Cost is $633.
Pre-requisite for both courses is First Responder (EMT or higher certification). A daytime First Responder class will meet Aug. 28 through Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $130.
For information, contact Brian Eddins at (850) 718-2483, (850) 596-4157, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.chipola.edu.
KIWANIS ADD SCHOLARSHIPS IN MEMORY OF BROWN AND RIGSBY—The Marianna Kiwanis Club recently added $10,000 to the group’s scholarship endowment at Chipola College. The additional donation is made in memory of two club leaders and active members over the years: Charlie Brown and Jimmy Rigsby. Their names will be added to the Kiwanis Club Scholarships, which now include: the Frank Harris Memorial, Judge Robert McCrary Memorial, Ernest Duffee Memorial, Charlie Brown Memorial, and Jimmy Rigsby Memorial. Pictured from left, are: Julie Fuqua, Chipola Foundation Director; Irene Rigsby; Shannon Rigsby; Peggy Brown and Dr. Jerry Kandzer, Kiwanis Club President.
CHIPOLA STARS ON STAGE FINE ARTS Camp JULY 31 – AUG 4
MARIANNA— Chipola College will offer a Stars on Stage Fine Arts Camp July 31 through Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Center for the Arts.
A total of 50 children, entering kindergarten through 6th grade, will be accepted for this hands-on learning experience while they prepare for their big performance at the culmination of the camp.
Led by Chipola staff and students, morning rehearsals will focus on singing, acting, dancing and team building. Afternoon workshops will be spent in scenery and costume development. At the end of the week, young actors will present a full-scale musical performance for family and friends, Friday, Aug. 4 at noon.
Tuition for the one-week camp is $200 for the first child and $150 for any additional children (brothers and sisters only) in the same family. Full tuition is due at time of registration. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.
Only the first 50 applicants will be accepted as space permits. Applications will be available May 30 on the Chipola website at www.chipola.edu/fineartscamp
Students must bring a sack lunch each day. Concessions will be available for the purchase of drinks and snacks.
Proceeds from the camp will go to fund scholarships for the Take Stock in Children initiative, a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income youth/students. Visit http://www.chipola.edu/tsic/index.htm.
To register online, visit www.chipola.edu/fineartscamp. For more information, contact Angie White at email@example.com or Evelyn Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.