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MARIANNA—The Chipola College Foundation will award more than $500,000 in scholarships for qualified students who attend the college during the 2016-17 school year.

Scholarships are available for a variety of majors. The Fall Application Deadline is Tuesday, June 7. Visit for a listing of scholarships.

To be eligible for a particular scholarship, students must satisfy all of the requirements outlined in the scholarship description. Scholarships awarded through the Chipola Foundation are supported by private donations with scholarship criteria set by the donors.

To apply, complete the scholarship application(s) and submit the required attachments listed on the application by 4 p.m. on June 7. Applicants who require assistance with the application process are encouraged to apply early and contact the Chipola Foundation office staff for help prior to the deadline week.

Completed scholarship packages for scholarships offered through the Chipola Foundation may be delivered or mailed to: Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, Florida 32446. Applications for scholarships awarded through other organizations are mailed to the addresses indicated in each scholarship description. Applicants who are awarded scholarships will be notified by mail.

For questions, contact the Foundation at (850) 718-2445 or e-mail


MARIANNA—The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc., from the Edward K. Roberts Community College Fund established a scholarship at Chipola College for Fall 2016.

The scholarship fund was created with a $40,000 donation from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with funds from the estate of the late Edward K. Roberts.

The scholarships will be available for the Fall 2016 semester and the application deadline is June 7.

Preference will be given to part-time students who may not qualify for other financial aid. Applicants must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA each semester at Chipola, must have a minimum 2.0 high school GPA, and must follow standard college requirements. A description of the scholarship and application are available online at

To contact the Chipola Foundation, call 850-718-2445.


MARIANNA—The Chipola College Foundation will offer three new partial tuition and/or books scholarship to a resident of Jackson County who is a graduating senior or current student at Chipola College enrolled in a Workforce Program.

Applicants must be a member of the NAACP and submit proof of membership with the scholarship application. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 high school GPA and maintain a 2.5 GPA each semester at Chipola, and must follow standard college requirements. Application deadline is June 7.

Submit applications to: Winestock Foundation and NAACP Scholarships, P.O. Box 525, Marianna, FL 32447.

Chipola Workforce Development programs include: Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology, Welding, Cosmetology, Automotive Service Technology, Firefighting, Law Enforcement and Corrections.

Students Studying


MARIANNA—Application deadline for Chipola College Summer Session II is June 2. Registration for Summer II is June 23 and classes begin June 27.

Application deadline for the Fall Semester is Aug. 3. New students who have been cleared for admission for the Fall Term by June 30 may register for Fall classes July 6-12. New students who register during July will be required to attend orientation classes July 18, 19, 20, 21 and 25. Day and evening orientation classes will be offered.

Applications for Admission are available in the Admissions Office located in the Student Service Building or online at

Chipola offers the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree, Workforce Development programs and 10 Bachelor’s degrees.

For information, call 850-718-2211 or visit

People Swimming


MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer programs for children of all ages this summer.

Swimming lessons for all ages are scheduled at the college pool. A Parent/Infant Class (ages 3 and under) will meet June 6-9, at 10 a.m. Registration deadline is June 1. Cost is $45. An Adult Class (ages 15 and up) will meet June 6-9, at 7:00 p.m., with a registration deadline of June 1. Cost is $45.

Group Swim Lessons for ages four and up will meet during two sessions: Session 1: June 13-23, with a registration deadline of June 6; Session 2: July 11-21, with a registration deadline of July 5. Classes are available at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sessions include eight 45-minute classes which meet Monday through Thursday for two weeks. Lessons are based on a combination of nationally-recognized methods. Cost of each two-week session is $55. Pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee. For information, call 718-2473 or visit

Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson will offer three camps for area youth. An Advanced Pitching Camp for ages 7-18 will meet June 6-7. Cost is $100. An Advanced Hitting Camp for ages 7-18 will meet June 8-9. Cost is $100. A Skills Camp for ages 7-18 will meet June 13-14. Cost is $100. Camp instruction will come from Chipola coaching staff and players. Youngsters will learn the finer points of various skills of the game through expert coaching drills. A Grand Slam Special rate for all three camps is $250. All baseball camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, John DiLaura, Assistant Baseball Coach, at (850) 718-2332.

Chipola Lady Indians Basketball Coach Greg Franklin will host a Mini Indians Basketball Camp for boys and girls in grades K-8, June 6-10. The camp will meet from 1:00-4:30 p.m. each day. Cost is $50. Contact coach Kyle Herring at 850-718-2423.

Visit to register.

Park Rangers


MARIANNA—Billy Bailey, Park Services Specialist from Florida Caverns State Park, recently spoke to Chipola College students in an Environmental Science class about life as a Park Ranger.

Bailey said, “The mission statement of the Florida Park Service is “To provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting, and restoring natural and cultural resources.” Park Rangers uphold the mission statement by becoming literal jacks-of-all-trades.

Bailey brought a box of 12 hats that he, and other Rangers, wear to complete this mission. The hats include: field hat representing general park maintenance; Aussie hat, worn when serving as a tour guide; bicycle helmet – for bicycle and horseback riding; chain saw helmet for tree maintenance; spelunker helmet for cave exploration; firefighter hat for prescribed burns and fighting wildfires; reenactment hat to teach history of the park; campaign hat for media; and volunteer hat representing the volunteers who comprise 60% of the staff of the Florida Park Service.



LAKELAND—The Chipola College Indians (43-16) finished as the runner-up in FCSAA State Tournament, falling to State Champion Santa Fe, 6-4, in the title game on Saturday, May 21. It was the third time Chipola and Santa Fe met in the double-elimination tournament.

Five Chipola players were named to the All-Tournament team Keiner Colmenarez, Tyler Osik, Wood Myers, Reynaldo Rivera and Bowden Francis.

During the week-long tournament, Chipola scored wins over St. Pete (10-2) on May 16; St. John’s River (13-5) on May 18; Santa Fe (6-2) on May 19; and over Gulf Coast (9-1) on May 20. Chipola’s only losses of the tournament were to Santa Fe (10-9) on May 18 and (6-4) in the championship.

The Indians started off the tournament with a 10-2 win over St. Petersburg in the opening round, May 16. Bowden Francis earned the win for Chipola with 3 innings. Addison Reed also threw 3 innings. Alex Shauger also pitched one inning. Reynaldo Rivera was 3 for 4. Tyler Osik was 3 for 3. Miguel Rojas was 1 for 2. Tekwaan White was 2 for 4.

The Indians lost a heartbreaker to Santa Fe, 10-9, in a postponed game played on May 18. Chipola scored 9 runs on 10 hits and committed 3 errors. Santa Fe had 10 runs on 11 hits with 4 errors. Chipola’s Jay Estes was 4 for 6. Woody Myers was 2 for 3. Reynaldo Rivera was 2 for 4. Keiner Colmenarez was 2 for 3.

Chipola scored a big 13-5 win over St. Johns River in the Indians’ second game of the day on May 18. Addison Reed was the winning pitcher for Chipola. Keiner Colmenarez was 2 for 3 with a triple. Wood Myers was 2 for 4. Myles Edwards was 2 for 3. Reynaldo Rivera and Reese Cooley both had doubles.

Chipola scored a big 6-2 win over Santa Fe on May 19. Landon Faulkner picked up the win with 10 strikeouts in 7 innings. Alex Shauger got the save. Jose Caballero was 3 for 5 with a homerun. Wood Myers was 2 for 5 with a homerun.

Chipola eliminated Gulf Coast with a 9-1 win on May 20. Brady Acker earned the win for Chipola with a complete 8 inning game which was called on the run rule. Acker scatter 7 hits and struck out 6 of 29 batters faced. Tyler Osik was 4 for 4 to lead the Indians. Reese Cooley was 3 for 4 with a double. Keiner Colmenarez was 2 for 4. Jay Estes was 1 for 4 with a double. Chipola Johnson’s Indians have made the FCSAA State Tournament 15 straight years with seven appearances in the title game. Chipola has made three trips to the NJCAA National Tournament in the last seven years including a 2007 national title.

Coach Jeff Johnson is in his 19th season at the helm of the Indians program. His teams have made the FCSAA State Tournament 15 straight years with eight appearances in the title game. The Indians have three state championships, finished second four times and among the top four nine times. Chipola has made three trips to the NJCAA National Tournament in the last seven years including a 2007 national title.

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Group Picture of Theatre Awards

CHIPOLA THEATRE BANQUET—Chipola College Theatre recently held its annual banquet. Director Charles Sirmon recognized several students for theatre excellence. Pictured from left, are: (front) Best Supporting Actor: Jared Standiford; Best Actor/Outstanding Theatre Student 2016: Josiah Brooks; Best Actress: Shayli Tharp; Best Supporting Actress: Odra Chapman; (back) Best Newcomer: TJ Boyd; Best Female Cameo: Sarah Liffick; Best Character Actor: Saylor Novolglosky; Best Character Actress: Elyn Sapp; Director Charles Sirmon; Technical Excellence: Kimball Bass; Best Ensemble Actress: Gracie Wallace; Best Female Newcomer: Katelyn Cannady; and Dance\Chorography Award: Chris Manasco. Not pictured are: Backstage Excellence: Austin Spears; Best Ensemble Actor: Kane Keefer; and Best Male Cameo: Keith Watford.

Corrections Photo


The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer several academy classes beginning in July.

A Basic Recruit Corrections Academy will begin July 5. Classes will meet Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A Basic Recruit Law Enforcement Academy and a Corrections to Law Enforcement Cross-over class begins July 11. Classes meet weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Completion of any these programs will prepare candidates to take the State Board Examination to become certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, upon becoming employed with a law enforcement agency.

Prior to admission, all candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.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.

For information regarding the application process contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 850-718-2286.



ST. GEORGE, UTAH—The Chipola Lady Indians (50-15) came as close as a team could come to winning a second straight NJCAA National Championship. But Butler proved too much for Chipola, holding off the Lady Indians 4-2 in the title game of the national tournament on May 21.

Chipola scored a run in the first and another in the third to go up 2-1 heading into the fifth. But Butler scored three in the fifth to win by the 4-2 final score.

Four Lady Indians were named to the All-Tournament team: pitcher Ilona Andringa, third baseman Ashley Morris, catcher Madison Ragan and outfielder Gabriela Santos.

Chipola used considerable energy to make it to the title game in a big 9-7 come-from-behind win over Salt Lake in the consolation bracket earlier in the day on Saturday. Salt Lake opened with three-run home run in the first to go up 3-0. Chipola responded with three runs on in the top of the third, tying the game at 3-3. Salt Lake added one in the third and three more in the fourth on a three-run home run. Chipola came back with a run in the top of the fifth, scoring on a double steal and making the score 7-4. The Salt Lake margin held until Chipola put together a five-run rally in the top of the seventh to come from behind for the 9-7 advantage. Chipola used five hits, including four straight singles to secure the victory.

The Lady Indians started the tournament with an 8-1 win over Indian Hills on May 18. Chipola scored a lop-sided 12-2 win over Wallace State on May 19. The Lady Indians outlasted Salt Lake 6-5 on May 20. Chipola moved into the consolation bracket following a 10-0 loss to Butler on May 20. The Lady Indians got back on track with a 9-7 come-from-behind win over Salt Lake on May 21 to advance to the championship game where they fell 4-2 to eventual champion.

Chipola captured a second straight FCSAA State Championship with a 6-2 win over Florida SouthWestern in the title game of the NJCAA District/FCSAA State Softball Tournament on May 1.

Lady Indians Coach Belinda Hendrix was named state coach of the year for the fifth time in 12 years at Chipola. She also picked up her 500th win this season. Hendrix and her Associate Head Coach and husband Jimmy Hendrix lead the team along with Assistant Coach Kelly Brookins.

Employee Awards

STUDENTS SELECT OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEES—Chipola students recently selected three employees for Distinguished Service Awards. From left, are: Outgoing Chipola SGA President Caitlyn Carpenter; English professor Amie Myers (faculty); Associate Dean Dr. David Hilton (administrator) and Brooke Mathis (professional).

Employee of the Year


MARIANNA—JoAnn Everett, Assistant Professor Mathematics, has been named the Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional of the Year at Chipola College.

Everett has worked at Chipola since 1986. She began teaching developmental math (previously known as college preparatory math) in 1988. She also worked for two years in the former Chipola Math Lab. She is the long-time treasurer of Chipola Faculty Association. She also has served on many committees, including Kirkland Award Committee, FAOP Award Committee and the Chipola Governance Council.

Everett has received several awards during her tenure including the Kirkland Award for Excellence in Teaching (2005), Faculty/Administrator of the Month (December 2002) and (April 2010). She was elected Teacher of the Year by SGA in 1994.

Everett is a graduate of Chipley High School. She graduated from Chipola and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida. Everett and her husband, Dennis, have a daughter, Katie, a graduating senior at Marianna High School who will be attending Chipola in the Fall. The family is active in Eastside Baptist Church. Everett’s parents are Joe Earl Collins and the late Eileen Pipkin Collins of Bonifay.

The Faculty/Administrator of the Year award provides a $1,000 bonus, a $100 gift certificate from the College Book Store and reserved parking for a year.



MARIANNA—Applications for the EMT and Paramedic Programs at Chipola College are currently being accepted with an application deadline of Aug. 3.

The EMT program consists of 300 hours per the Department of Education Framework and will run for 16 weeks. The program meets from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Wednesday.

The Paramedic Program runs for three semesters. Day classes are designed to accommodate working students by providing a flexible A & B schedule. Day classes are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Application information is available online at For information, contact Tina Maloy, Health Sciences Program Manager at 850-718-2403, or email


MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer Firefighting I and Firefighting II day classes beginning in August. Orientation is set for Thursday, Aug. 9, at 5 p.m.

Firefighter I runs Aug. 22 through Oct. 5, and meets Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Firefighter II will run Oct. 10 through Nov. 9.

Pre-requisite for both courses is First Responder (EMT or higher certification). A daytime First Responder class will meet Aug. 15-18, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $130.

Cost is approximately $1,600 each for Firefighter I or Firefighter II classes. Firefighter I price includes: 225 hour class, book, Drug and Background Test and (5) T-shirts. Firefighter II price includes: 225 hour class, Forestry S-130/180/L-190, use of SCBA and bunker gear. Some financial aid is available for both classes. Ten $200 scholarships are available to the first 10 qualified applicants.

For information, contact Phil Oxendine at (850) 718-2483, 573-0188 e-mail or visit

Firefighting and EMS

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CHIPOLA ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM MEMBERS— The Chipola College Indians finished as the runner-up in FCSAA State Tournament, falling to State Champion Santa Fe, 6-4, in the title game. Five Chipola players were named to the All-Tournament team. They are, from left: Keiner Colmenarez, Tyler Osik, Wood Myers, Reynaldo Rivera and Bowden Francis.