Chipola This Week

June 18 - June 24, 2020

Tyndall Named Chipola Men’s Basketball Coach

Donnie Tyndall was named Chipola College’s new men’s basketball coach at the college’s board of trustees meeting June 16.  The new coach was introduced at a June 18 press conference. A link to the press conference is available here:

Tyndall has a Division 1 and NBA pedigree having served as head coach at the University of Tennessee, Southern Mississippi and Morehead State University, and for the Detroit Pistons D-League developmental team.  Tyndall also served in assistant coaching roles at LSU, Idaho, Middle Tennessee and for the Toronto Raptors 905 team.  

Chipola AD Jeff Johnson says, “We’re proud to bring a coach of Donnie’s caliber to Chipola. His resume and qualifications show that he has won at every level of the game and Chipola is fortunate to have him as our new head coach.”

Tyndall started his head coaching career (1996-97) at St. Catherine College, a Kentucky JUCO, where he went 30-5 en route to the school’s first NJCAA Tournament appearance.

From 2006-2012, he led D-1 Morehead State to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament (2011), an OVC Conference Championship and three straight 20-win seasons. 

At Southern Mississippi (2012-2014), he led the Golden Eagles to a Conference USA Co-Championship (2014) and recorded the highest attendance in 20 years. He served for one year as head coach at the University of Tennessee (2015).

In 2016, Tyndall was hired by the NBA’s Toronto Raptors organization as an assistant coach for their Raptors 905 developmental team.

He served as an assistant coach with the developmental team for the Grand Rapids Drive of the Detroit Pistons and was promoted to their head coach for the 2019-20 season.

Tyndall replaces former Chipola coach Brendan Foley who left for an assistant coaching job at the University of Buffalo.

Pitcured from left, are: David Johnson, Chipola Appreciation Club President; Athletic Director Jeff Johnson; new Chipola head coach, Donnie Tyndall; Tommy Lassmann, Chair of Chipola Board of Trustees; and Chipola President Dr. Sarah Clemmons.
Register Now For Chipola Summer II Classes
There is still time to enroll in Summer Session II classes at Chipola College. The campus is closed, but all student services will be provided remotely via phone or email.

The college Application for Admission deadline for Summer Session II is June 11. Summer II classes begin June 30.

All academic classes will be offered online with some workforce clock-hour programs offered in person. Chipola is planning a June 1 relaunch of Firefighting, Corrections, and Law Enforcement programs with a modified approach meeting distancing and group safety guidelines. Welding and Cosmetology will begin limited face-to-face classes in Summer Session II.

Students may register online or contact one of the advisers listed here: Karen Hall, Dual Enrollment, general advising, or 718-2424; Ken Kallies, VA, General Advising,  or 718-2437; Leigh Whittington, Disability, Nursing, General Advising, or 718-2290; Ashley Harvey, Student Support Services; and Kristie Mosley, Student Support Services

Chipola offers Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate in Arts Degrees, Associate in Science Degrees and Workforce Development programs and certifications. 
Early Fall Registration has been postponed. Early Fall Registration for currently enrolled students has been postponed until July 13. Early Fall Registration for new students has been postponed to July 20.

The College Application is available online as well as the schedule of classes at: For information, call 526-2761.
Richardson Scholarship Foundation Finds New Home
The William W. and Loretta C. Richardson Scholarship Foundation has found a new home with the Chipola College Foundation.

The contribution of $113,462 will help Chipola Nursing, EMT, and Paramedic students for many years to come and the first scholarship is to be awarded for the Fall 2020 term.  The annual award of $2,500 is to be divided evenly between the recipient’s fall and spring semesters.

Applications have already been received for this year. The next scholarship application period will be for the Fall 2021 term.
Even though the Chipola Foundation is now overseeing the scholarship awards, the original criteria for recipients remain intact. Funds are to be used for tuition and / or books and the recipient must be a high school graduate and maintain a 2.5 GPA each semester. Each applicant must be already be enrolled in, or accepted into; the Chipola Associate of Science in Nursing (RN) program, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), or the Paramedic program. If a recipient changes major, then the recipient will not receive the scholarship the following semester. In addition, applicants must live within a 150 mile radius of Graceville, Fl. and have a proven record of outstanding leadership ability, academic achievement, and be of high moral standards, all of which must be outlined in the student’s application letter. The Chipola College Foundation Scholarship Committee will review applications annually, determine the application deadline, and select a worthy recipient.
While Dr. Richardson’s primary practice was in Graceville, he treated patients from all over the Tri-County area and often made “house-calls” to those too sick to travel. In an effort to say “thank you”, friends, patients, and relatives of “Doc and Loretta”, established the Richardson Scholarship on September 23, 1986, as a way to honor many years of devotion to the health and well-being of the citizens of Graceville and surrounding communities.

The first scholarship was awarded to Bobby (Bo) Michael Devane from Northview High School in Dothan, Al. Bobby enrolled in medical studies at Birmingham-Southern College. He received a Doctor of Pharmacy and practiced in the Dothan area.

The original intent of the Scholarship Foundation was to encourage local students to pursue a medical-related education and to encourage them to possibly return and practice in the Tri-County area. One example of success is Dr. J.D. Byrd, who received more than one scholarship from the Foundation. He returned to the Graceville area and has medical offices in both Graceville and Chipley.

As our population continues to grow, the need for caring, qualified members of the medical profession grows also. It is hoped that this Scholarship will help local students achieve the education and training needed to excel in their chosen profession.

The family of Dr. W.W. and Loretta Richardson would like to express heartfelt thanks to all the board members and many local citizens that have driven this endeavor over the last 34 years. It was because of local efforts and the generosity of the surrounding communities, that over 100 scholarships have been awarded since the Foundation’s inception.
Chipola Workforce Programs Moving Forward

The Chipola College Workforce Education programs are planning to re-launch their clockhour programs in the coming weeks.  

The Automotive Technology program Summer 1 term is successfully moving forward virtually during May and with modified hands-on learning during June.

Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce Education, says, “This is an innovative, progressive path helping our automotive students advance during these difficult times. Automotive instructors John Gardner and Josh Ellis are doing an outstanding job.”

Chipola is planning a June 1 relaunch of the Firefighting, Corrections, and Law Enforcement training programs with a modified approach meeting distancing and group size safety guidelines. Gilmore says, “I am so proud of our Director of Public Service, Jamie McAllister, and his team. We offer quality and consistency which helps our trainees earn credentials and prepare them well for their chosen occupations. Our Public Service exam pass rate and placement rate are routinely among the best in the state.

Welding and Cosmetology also are excellent and well-run programs. Lead instructors Curtis Jenkins and Paige Vanderwerf respectively, plan to start with a modified face-to-face approach during the Summer 2 Session. Chipola is now registering students for these opportunities.  

Chipola’s credit hour Engineering Programs will start again in the Fall term with plans to add clock hour programs to both Engineering Tech (mechanical and electrical skills) as well as Civil Engineering Tech platforms. Gilmore says, “I am excited to develop these programs which will be shorter pathways to help our students get to work and align with credentials which even better connect with regional demands.”  

Chipola’s Summer Session 2 classes begin June 30 with registration ongoing.

For information about Chipola Workforce Education programs, contact Gilmore at or 850-718-2270.


Chipola Encourages Students to Complete FAFSA
Current and prospective Chipola College students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA) as soon as possible.

Thursday, July 23, is the deadline to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA for students planning to use Federal Financial Aid to pay for Fall classes.

Students must complete the FAFSA in order to qualify for Pell, Work Study and other Federal Financial Aid. The FAFSA takes several days to process; therefore, students are encouraged to submit all electronic forms as soon as possible. For information, call 850-718-2366 or visit

Students who would like to use Federal Financial Aid for Summer classes should complete the 2019-20 FAFSA. The college Application for Admission deadline for Summer Session II is June 11. Summer II classes begin June 30.

Application for Admission deadline for the Fall Semester is Aug. 3. The application may be completed online at Fall classes begin Aug. 24.

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 (email; and (3) take the PERT 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. 

The schedule of classes is available online. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available at
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