In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Chipola College officials are preparing to offer classes in several different modes when the Fall 2020 semester begins on Aug. 24.
Some classes will be offered on campus with social distancing and limited meetings, while others will meet online and live through meeting applications such as Zoom. Students and employees will be required to wear masks whenever they are on campus.
For any course with an online component, students will need reliable internet, a computer and a webcam. All courses may require proctored exams, either in-person or through the HonorLock application.
Dr. Pam Rentz, Vice-President of Instructional Affairs, says, “Our deans and faculty have had numerous in-depth and candid discussions about how best to deliver instruction to meet the needs of our students. I am very proud of our faculty and our students for their patience and willingness to adapt to these new ways of teaching and learning.”
The four modes include: Traditional Face-to-Face (001, 002, 003, 004, 005)—This is a traditional class where all contact hours are performed on campus in a physical classroom. Technology may be used for classroom interaction and students may be required to use computers and internet to complete assignments. Courses are designated with a section number of 001, 002.
Online (700)–This is an online course administered through Canvas, the institution’s learning management system. On-campus meetings are not required; however, exams will be proctored. Courses are designated as sections 700, 701.
Online Synchronous (800)—An online course administered through Canvas, the institution’s learning management system. On-campus meetings are not required; however, the course requires students to sign in to class via Zoom, Teams, etc. on specific days and times to attend class. Courses require proctored exams. Courses are designated as sections 800.
Modified Face-To-Face Synchronous – (M01, T02, W03, R04)Students meet face-to-face in a campus classroom with instructor on a designated day and time and through Zoom on the second day. Half of the class meets in a physical classroom with the instructor one day and through Zoom on the second day. These courses are designated as sections M01 for Monday in class and Wednesday through Zoom. Days and times are listed so that students are able to register for the day and time they wish to come to campus. Courses are designated with M01, T01, W01, and R01. Sections will be M01 for Monday in class and Wednesday on Zoom; T01 for Tuesday in class and Thursday on Zoom; W01 for Wednesday in class and Monday on Zoom; and R01 for Thursday in class and Tuesday on Zoom.
Modified Face-To-Face Asynchronous—(M01, T02, W03, and R04)Students meet in a classroom with an instructor on a designated day and time and complete work online the other day of the class with no meeting required. Half of the students meet in a physical classroom with the instructor one day and complete online work on the second day. These courses are designated with M01, T01, W01, and R01. Students register for the day and time they choose to come to campus. The second day is listed as online. Sections will be M01 for Monday in class and Wednesday online; T01 for Tuesday in class and Thursday online; W01 for Wednesday in class and Monday online; and R01 for Thursday in class and Tuesday online.
Chipola offers Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate in Arts Degrees, Associate in Science Degrees and Workforce Development programs and certifications. Early Fall Registration for currently enrolled students beginsJuly 13. Early Fall Registration for new students beginsJuly 20. The College Application is available online as well as the schedule of classes at:www.chipola.edu. For information, call 526-2761.
Chipola Pool to Open With Limited Access
The Chipola College Pool will open Monday, June 29, with limited access due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Pool will be open to season pass-holders only from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Non pass-holders may swim from 1 to 4 p.m. daily, for an admission of $3 for ages 12 and under, and $4 for ages 13 and up. All non-swimmers will be required to have a parent or legal guardian with them in the pool.
Swimmers will be subject to limited and controlled swim times, social-distancing and will be assigned to specific areas within the pool. The total number of people admitted to the pool also will be greatly reduced to protect the public and to align with current Health Department and CDC guidelines. No swim lessons, swim team or events are planned at this time.
Hours are subject to change due to new directives from the State of Florida or Jackson County Health Department.
Family and individual season passes are available for sale at the pool office.
The Chipola College Take Stock in Children (TSIC) program has achieved Gold Status in the state organization’s annual evaluation process.
Chipola earned 98 out of 100 possible points and has moved up four levels since 2018 when Debra Perdue, Chipola’s TSIC Coordinator, took over the program.
Take Stock in Children is a Florida-based nonprofit with than 7,000 volunteer mentors who work with at-risk students to help them succeed in school. TSIC scholars sign a pledge to maintain good grades, remain drug and crime free and meet regularly with their mentor. If they meet the goals and graduate from high school, the students earn college scholarships. Funds for the scholarships are raised by local businesses and families.
In a letter to Chipola College, TSIC Director of Program and Student Services, Ele Bautista-Bernard, said, “Congratulations on an outstanding—if not unexpected and challenging—year of service to students and mentors.”
Mentoring, college and career readiness, college success coaching visits, GPA checks, compliance and adherence to TSIC enrollment standards all were factored into the evaluation. Like so many other processes in education, the pandemic forced Chipola’s Take Stock program to transition to a virtual environment. Mentors and students met virtually on ZOOM to continue the work they were doing face-to-face before the pandemic. Perdue said her only motivation was helping students make it through. “Many of the students were in a bad place. They were lost. I was able to meet with students virtually and set up mentoring sessions to give them some much-needed socialization,” she said.
Take Stock requires that students attend 15 mentoring sessions each year. Perdue says, “Through this challenge, we’ve drafted some very good mentors and we’re doing pretty well. Our mentors have conducted more than 300 mentoring sessions on Zoom since the pandemic began.”
Moving forward, Perdue says, “Our students and mentors are very comfortable using this tool to stay in contact and to prepare for college and careers. We will continue to use this resource. It is a great way to have social interaction and maintain the mentoring program.”
For information about the Take Stock in Children program, contact Debra Perdue at 850-718-2428 firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Take Stock in Children scholar Alaya Dudley participates in an online mentoring session.
JONESIS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Tameka Jones is Chipola College’s Career Employee for June. Jones has worked in the college Physical Plant since 2015. Pictured from left, are: Director of Facilities and Campus Operations, Dennis Kosciw and Tameka Jones.
Tyndall Hitting the Ground Running
By: Ellory Fuqua, UF Sports Journalism Intern
Former Kentucky Gov. Martha Layne Collins, and then President of St. Catharine College informed the new head men’s basketball coach back in 1996 that the school had low expectations for the team. Paired with the low expectations came a $19,000 salary for the first-time head coach, and things looked grim from the outside.
Donnie Tyndall, however, had a slightly different set of expectations. Embarking on his first year as a head coach after graduating from Morehead State in 1993 and after serving as an assistant coach at Iowa Central Community College he was ready to take the reins of a program of his own. Tyndall led St. Catharine to its first appearance at the NJCAA tournament and earned NJCAA Region 7 National Coach of the Year honors and Kentucky Junior College Coach of the Year honors along with boasting a 30-5 record.
Ironically, St. Catharine underestimated its green, new head coach’s ability matched with their low expectations to the point where they couldn’t finance a bus to take the team to Hutchinson, Kansas to compete at the National Tournament.
Now with 25 years of head coaching experience, Tyndall is approaching a full circle moment as he returns to junior college basketball at Chipola College. This time, his main goal is to take his new team, the Chipola Indians, to Hutch in his first year at the helm this upcoming season. “I’m trying to do something that hasn’t been done here before, I want to win a men’s basketball national championship,” Tyndall said in his welcoming press conference on Thursday.
Tyndall was the first to recognize the standard and storied tradition of success at Chipola. The main goal is to reach the level of excellence that women’s basketball, softball and baseball have already set as a precedent.
“It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass on,” Tyndall said.
Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson is thrilled to bring Tyndall to Marianna.
“We’re proud to bring a coach of Donnie’s caliber to Chipola,” he said. “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.”
Getting an experienced winner is superb, but adding an element of longevity and maturity to the head coaching position in junior college is an added bonus. Perhaps the bonus that will push the Indians over the edge in the coming years.
Tyndall is joining the Indians after leaving the NBA's G League, spending three years as an assistant and a year as head coach of the Grand Rapids Drive, an affiliate for the Detroit Pistons for the 2019-20 season. Before the G League, Tyndall had made stops at Middle Tennessee State under Chipola’s own Kermit Davis, Morehead State, Southern Mississippi and Tennessee.
With experience in both the college and professional levels, Tyndall is no stranger to talent and recruiting. “Having a late start to recruiting is nothing further from the truth, I’m going to get the best players we can here and be very competitive come November,” he said.
The Michigan native packed his bags and moving truck as soon as he accepted the position and began the journey from Grand Rapids to the Florida Panhandle. The 15 hour drive didn’t hinder the new coach from hitting the ground running, literally. All but one hour of the cross-country traverse was spent on the phone recruiting.
The combination of new recruits on Tyndall’s radar and returning Chipola players whose season got cut short due to COVID-19 will pair together to form what could be a competitive group to fight their way through a tough Panhandle Conference.
Rest assured, Chipola will have a bus idling, ready for Tyndall to take this team to new heights.
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. 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.
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 untilJuly 13. Early Fall Registration for new students has been postponed toJuly 20.
The College Application is available online as well as the schedule of classes at:www.chipola.edu. For information, call 526-2761.
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 visitwww.fafsa.gov
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.