August 3, 2015

CHIPOLA AUTOMOTIVE PRESS CONFERENCE TUESDAY, AUG. 4

 

                MARIANNA—John Gardner, Chipola Automotive Technology instructor and TV car guru, will tape several episodes of season 2 of Tech Garage on the Chipola College campus Tuesday, Aug.  4.  The show airs on Discovery/Velocity channel.

                A short press conference will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 11:45 a.m. Guests will watch the actual taping of the ‘Tech Garage’ show. Lunch and an EDC meeting will continue from noon to 1 p.m.  

                Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce Education and Economic Development, says, “The goal of this meeting is to demonstrate to Advance Auto (and their vendor base) that a Chipola-initiated and State of Florida-backed team approach stands ready to solicit and engage transportation/vehicle related manufacturing and distribution organizations regarding our regional assets, workforce readiness, and available incentives.” 

                Two companies, Federal Mogul, a $7 billion powertrain and parts leader, and parts giant Advance Auto, will present information on their companies.  Chipola College also will share a business recruitment presentation with the group.

 

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August 4, 2015

CHIPOLA TO HOST AUG. 11 OPEN HOUSE FOR ENGINEERING TECH

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host an Open House, Tuesday, Aug. 11, to officially open the college’s two new programs in Engineering Technology.

                From 10 a.m. to noon, instructors will host tours of the Civil Engineering Technology and Engineering Technology programs to meet prospective students and their families. College officials and representatives of local business and industry also will be on hand to meet with students.

                At 10 a.m., members of the Advisory Councils for both programs will meet in WD120. A short press conference is set for 10:45 a.m. to introduce instructors and key players in the Engineering Technology programs.

                Guests will be able to tour classrooms and labs, and get a first look at instructional software and equipment, including two of the first 3D printers in the area. 

                Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce Development, says, “This is an exciting time for us and we want students to gain an understanding of the opportunities in our region and beyond by meeting industry experts.” 

                The new program has two tracks: Civil Engineering Technology and Engineering Technology. Civil Engineering Technology is a construction track touching all aspects of road, bridge and structure type projects. The program will focus on Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Surveying, Engineering, Contracting and Testing.  

                Engineering Technology is an industrial track focused on plant maintenance and advanced manufacturing to include: hydraulics, pneumatics, motors and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s).      

                Both programs require approximately two years of class work.  Scholarships available for both programs. Classes begin in August.  Rex Lumber has established scholarships for Engineering Technology students specializing in Advanced Manufacturing: Pneumatics, Hydraulics and Motors Certification. The Chipola Chapter of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society is offering a $500 scholarship to a student entering the Civil Engineering Technology program.  

                To learn more about either program, visit www.chipolaworkforce.com or phone 850-718-2321.

 

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August 5, 2015

CHIPOLA AUTO INSTRUCTOR TO HOST NATIONAL TV SHOW

(COLLEGE WORKING WITH INDUSTRY TO LURE JOBS TO AREA)

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College Automotive instructor John Gardner has signed on for season 2 of the television show, “Tech Garage,” presented by Advance Auto Parts and airing on Discovery’s Velocity Channel.

                Tech Garage is an automotive how-to show focusing on theory, operation and diagnostics of vehicle systems. The series has aired since January at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, with replays at 8 a.m. on Sundays.  More than 52 million American households (45% of those with television) receive Velocity. The show also is available on the web.

                Advance Auto Parts is co-producing the show with Masters Entertainment Group which means grander production, graphics, vendor participation and animation. Episodes 1-6 will be filmed at Chipola, Aug. 1–5. The new season will air on Velocity and Revn beginning in January, 2016.

                Chipola’s Gardner is no stranger to the camera. Since 2013, he and fellow automotive instructor Chase Vlieg, have been the national faces for Advance Auto Parts’ team member video training series used by thousands of employees. Gardner says, “I want to thank the college and our Advisory committee for supporting me in this project.  I am very lucky to have so many friends who have helped me. Chase Vlieg, Chipola’s other automotive instructor, has been my right hand man throughout this whole process.”

                College officials announced season 2 of Tech Garage as guests watched the actual taping of the show. An Economic Development Council meeting followed the announcement.  Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce Education and Economic Development, says, “The goal of this meeting was to demonstrate to Federal Mogul and Advance Auto Parts that Chipola College and the economic development entities such as Enterprise Florida and Career Source Florida are committed to bringing manufacturing and jobs to our area.” 

                Two companies, Federal Mogul, a $7 billion powertrain and parts leader, and parts giant Advance Auto Parts, shared information on their companies. Jim Brook, Executive Director of Opportunity Florida discussed economic benefits of the Panhandle Region. Andrea Moore of Enterprise Florida presented information on incentives and recruitment. Also in attendance were: Terry Cartwright, representing Federal Mogul; Jayne Burgess Senior Director of Career Source Florida and Dehryl McCall, Director of Workforce Development for Career Source Florida.

                The Chipola Automotive Technology program utilizes an industry-based curriculum in partnership with local shops, and an advisory committee to provide students with the competitive edge in the high-tech training environment. Chipola has excellent job placement rates and is accredited by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).  Chipola has Master NATEF Certification in all areas.

                The Chipola Automotive Program was named Florida’s Best Business and Education Partnership by the Bellwether Awards program, and was nominated for an Exemplary Practice Award by the Association of Florida Colleges. Chipola was a finalist for Tomorrow’s Technician magazine’s School of the Year. 

                Gilmore says, “John Gardner is an incredible talent. We are so proud of his accomplishments in the media world, but his automotive students are the real winners. They get to learn from a world-class instructor every day which puts them in line for great careers in the automotive industry.”

                For information, visit www.velocity.com and www.chipola.edu

 

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TECH GARAGE TAKE 2—Chipola College Automotive instructor John Gardner has signed on for season 2 of the television show, “Tech Garage,” presented by Advance Auto Parts and airing on Discovery’s Velocity Channel. Pictured from left, are: Tom Gee, Producer/Director for Masters Entertainment; Bryan Gregory, Co-host of Tech Garage; Wade Hall, Advance Auto General Manager; Chase Vlieg, Chipola Auto Tech instructor and Tech Garage production assistant; and John Gardner, Chipola Auto Tech instructor and co-host of Tech Garage.

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TALKING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT--Following the announcement of season 2 of Tech Garage, officials from Chipola College, Enterprise Florida, Career Source Florida, Federal Mogul and Advance Auto Parts, met to discuss manufacturing jobs in the area. Pictured from left, are: Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce Education and Economic Development; Terry Cartwright, representing Federal Mogul; Andrea Moore of Enterprise Florida; Jim Brook, Executive Director of Opportunity Florida; and Jayne Burgess Senior Director of Career Source Florida.

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August 6, 2015

CHIPOLA TO HOST AUG. 11 OPEN HOUSE FOR ENGINEERING TECH

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host an Open House, Tuesday, Aug. 11, to officially open the college’s two new programs in Engineering Technology.

                From 10 a.m. to noon, instructors will host tours of the Civil Engineering Technology and Engineering Technology programs to meet prospective students and their families. College officials and representatives of local business and industry also will be on hand to meet with students.

                At 10 a.m., members of the Advisory Councils for both programs will meet in WD120. A short press conference is set for 10:45 a.m. to introduce instructors and key players in the Engineering Technology programs.

                Guests will be able to tour classrooms and labs, and get a first look at instructional software and equipment, including two of the first 3D printers in the area. 

                Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce Development, says, “This is an exciting time for us and we want students to gain an understanding of the opportunities in our region and beyond by meeting industry experts.” 

                The new program has two tracks: Civil Engineering Technology and Engineering Technology. Civil Engineering Technology is a construction track touching all aspects of road, bridge and structure type projects. The program will focus on Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Surveying, Engineering, Contracting and Testing.  

                Engineering Technology is an industrial track focused on plant maintenance and advanced manufacturing to include: hydraulics, pneumatics, motors and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s).      

                Both programs require approximately two years of class work.  Scholarships available for both programs. Classes begin in August.  Rex Lumber has established scholarships for Engineering Technology students specializing in Advanced Manufacturing: Pneumatics, Hydraulics and Motors Certification. The Chipola Chapter of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society is offering a $500 scholarship to a student entering the Civil Engineering Technology program.  

                To learn more about either program, visit www.chipolaworkforce.com or phone 850-718-2321.

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August 6, 2015

 

CHIPOLA FALL REGISTRATION BEGINS AUG. 19

 

            MARIANNA—Registration for Fall classes at Chipola College begins Wednesday, Aug. 19 for returning students. New student testing also begins Aug. 19.

            New and returning student registration is Aug 20-21. Classes begin Aug. 24. Late registration continues through noon Aug. 25.

                There are several steps in the application process: (1) complete the college Admission Application; call 718-2311 for assistance; (2) request a final high school transcript be sent to Chipola Admission and Records Office; and (3) take the College Placement Test (non-exempt students); call 718-2284 for assistance.  

            Chipola offers Bachelor’s Degrees, the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs. Courses are offered during the day, evening and via the internet.

            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 or Accounting; 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 earned are transferable toward a bachelor’s degree. Academic advising guides for specific majors are available from Student Services and on the college website, www.chipola.edu

                Several Associate in Science (AS) and Workforce programs are offered which provide training for high wage jobs.  Workforce programs include: Automotive Service Technology, Firefighter I & II, Law Enforcement Officer, Correctional Officer, Cross-Over Corrections to Law Enforcement, Cross-Over Corrections to Correction, Cosmetology, Nursing Assistant and Welding.

                Associate in Science (AS) programs include: Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology, Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Computer Information Technology, Fire Science Technology, Criminal Justice Technology, Networking Services Technology, Culinary Management, Nursing (RN) and Recreation Technology

                College Credit Certificate programs include: Child Care Center Management, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic. 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.

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August 6, 2015

 

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES TICKETS ON SALE

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College Artist Series season tickets go on sale Aug. 11 at the Center for the Arts Box Office and online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

                The 2015-16 season promises great entertainment for all ages opening Sept. 3 with a show of unparalleled vocals and explosive energy. Imagine classic songs completely reinvented in an evening full of show tunes presented with a contemporary flare. You’ve just envisioned The Broadway Boys - a collection of the hottest male voices currently working on the New York stage. Through their dynamic vocal prowess and redefining arrangements, the Boys add elements of Pop, Funk, Gospel, Jazz, and Folk to show tunes and classic pop songs. Performing in groups of six, the Boys are able to explore harmonies rarely presented by Broadway singers. Learn more at www.bwayboys.com.

                Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," the music of the Nashville-based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as the charming four-piece acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time on Nov. 19. From emotional ballads to rip-roaring barn-burners, audiences can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone. Learn more at www.barefoot-movement.com.

                Returning from their Broadway run, Danny Chang and his Golden Dragon Acrobats will continue their relentless, 30+ year US touring schedule of centuries-old Chinese art form on the Chipola stage on Mar. 22, 2016.  The newest, unique cirque spectacular, Cirque Zíva, showcases traditional Chinese acrobats who dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form. Learn more at www.goldendragonacrobats.com.

                Rounding out the Chipola line-up on April 15, 2016, is Bubbles, an American Diva: A Tribute to Beverly Sills. The acclaimed Brooklyn-born coloratura soprano Beverly Sills (1929-2007) won a radio contest at age three and soon began singing regularly as Bubbles Silverman. She made her operatic debut in 1947 and performed with the New York City Opera through the 1970’s. Sills became one of the most famous sopranos in the world. She was more popular with the American public than any opera singer, even among people who never set foot in an opera house. Dr. Connie Roberts, professor of music at William Carey University, will perform this stunning tribute.

                Evelyn Ward, Chipola Director of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “Season tickets are expected to go quickly, so don’t miss out. Some events are expected to sell out when single event tickets are available.  Season tickets are the best way to be sure to get the best seat in the house.  

                Season tickets—$60—are a bargain price when compared to sister institutions where prices are double or triple this amount.  Season ticket holders also get a VIP pass to Meet the Artist receptions and early renewal privileges for next season.

                Online tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show.  Box Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon.  The Box Office will be closed on all college holidays.

                Single event tickets range from $18 to $25 for adults, $10 for children under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees.  Individual tickets for Broadway Boys—$20 for adults and $10 for 18 and under—go on sale Aug. 17Reserved seating for season tickets will be limited after Aug. 17.

                For more information, call 850-718-2277 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

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August 6, 2015

 

 

TICKETS ON SALE FOR CHIPOLA’S ENDLESS SUMMER EVENT 

 

                MARIANNA—Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola Appreciation Club’s “Endless Summer” dinner and dance, set for Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Marianna National Guard Armory.

                The event will reunite old Chipola friends and alumni for a relaxing evening to raise money for Chipola scholarships. Proceeds from the event will go to the Senator Bill Montford Scholarship Endowment (Chipola Class of 1967), as well as a new endowment in honor of Ronnie Myers, a former Campbellton and Chipola basketball star (Chipola Class of 1962).

                The Villagers, a popular Chipola band from the 1960’s, will perform at the event. 

                Tickets are $50 per person, with a social hour, dinner and dance. Summer casual attire is recommended. 

                For ticket information, call Lillie Hamil at 850-718-2375.

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August 6, 2015

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASSES BEGIN SEPT. 3

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer an evening Law Enforcement Academy and a Corrections to Law Enforcement Cross-over class  beginning Sept. 3. 

                Application deadline is Sept. 1. Classes will meet weeknights from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

                Completion of either program prepares 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 college Public Service Building Tuesdays 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, contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 718-2286.

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August 11, 2015

CHIPOLA ENGINEERING TECH OPEN HOUSE DRAWS A CROWD

 

MARIANNA—More than 100 students, faculty and industry representatives attended an Open House Tuesday for Chipola College’s two new programs in Engineering Technology.

Instructors provided tours of both the Civil Engineering Technology and Engineering Technology programs to meet prospective students and their families. Advisory Councils for both programs met to discuss curriculum. More than a dozen new students enrolled in the program introduced themselves to the group. Guests toured classrooms and labs, and got a firsthand look at instructional equipment, including two of the first 3D printers. 

Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst, says, “This is a great day for Chipola and our students. The college is here to provide training for employment. Companies are looking for skilled workers to accomplish their goals. These engineering technology programs are a model of industry and education working together to help the local economy.” 

The new program has two tracks: Civil Engineering Technology and Engineering Technology. Civil Engineering Technology is a construction track touching all aspects of road, bridge and structure type projects. The program will focus on Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Surveying, Engineering, Contracting and Testing.  

Engineering Technology is an industrial track focused on plant maintenance and advanced manufacturing to include: hydraulics, pneumatics, motors and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s).   

Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce Education, says, “We are so thankful to our business partners for helping to create these programs from the ground up. Their support has provided a framework for instruction and a direct pipeline to employment.”   

Both programs require approximately two years of class work.  Scholarships available for both programs. Classes begin in August.  Rex Lumber has established scholarships for Engineering Technology students specializing in Advanced Manufacturing: Pneumatics, Hydraulics and Motors Certification. The Chipola Chapter of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society is offering scholarships to a student entering the Civil Engineering Technology program.  

To learn more about either program, visit www.chipolaworkforce.com or phone 850-718-2321.

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CHIPOLA ENGINEERING TECH OPEN HOUSE—Chipola College officials and students gathered Tuesday during an Open House to launch new programs in Engineering Technology and Civil Engineering Technology.

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August 17, 2015

CHIPOLA FALL REGISTRATION BEGINS AUG. 19

 

                MARIANNA—Registration for Fall classes at Chipola College begins Wednesday, Aug. 19 for returning students. New student testing also begins Aug. 19.

                New and returning student registration is Aug 20-21. Classes begin Aug. 24. Late registration continues through noon Aug. 25.

There are several steps in the application process: (1) complete the college Admission Application; call 718-2311 for assistance; (2) request a final high school transcript be sent to Chipola Admission and Records Office; and (3) take the College Placement Test (non-exempt students); call 718-2284 for assistance.  

                Chipola offers Bachelor’s Degrees, the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs. Courses are offered during the day, evening and via the internet.

                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 or Accounting; 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 earned are transferable toward a bachelor’s degree. Academic advising guides for specific majors are available from Student Services and on the college website, www.chipola.edu

Several Associate in Science (AS) and Workforce programs are offered which provide training for high wage jobs.  Workforce programs include: Automotive Service Technology, Firefighter I & II, Law Enforcement Officer, Correctional Officer, Cross-Over Corrections to Law Enforcement, Cross-Over Corrections to Correction, Cosmetology, Nursing Assistant and Welding.

Associate in Science (AS) programs include: Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology, Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Computer Information Technology, Fire Science Technology, Criminal Justice Technology, Networking Services Technology, Culinary Management, Nursing (RN) and Recreation Technology

College Credit Certificate programs include: Child Care Center Management, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic. 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.

 

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August 17, 2015

 Chipola Fall Registration Begins Aug. 19 08-18-15

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES TICKETS ON SALE

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College Artist Series season tickets go on sale Aug. 11 at the Center for the Arts Box Office and online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

The 2015-16 season promises great entertainment for all ages opening Sept. 3 with a show of unparalleled vocals and explosive energy. Imagine classic songs completely reinvented in an evening full of show tunes presented with a contemporary flare. You’ve just envisioned The Broadway Boys - a collection of the hottest male voices currently working on the New York stage. Through their dynamic vocal prowess and redefining arrangements, the Boys add elements of Pop, Funk, Gospel, Jazz, and Folk to show tunes and classic pop songs. Performing in groups of six, the Boys are able to explore harmonies rarely presented by Broadway singers. Learn more at www.bwayboys.com.

Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," the music of the Nashville-based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as the charming four-piece acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time on Nov. 19. From emotional ballads to rip-roaring barn-burners, audiences can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone. Learn more at www.barefoot-movement.com.

Returning from their Broadway run, Danny Chang and his Golden Dragon Acrobats will continue their relentless, 30+ year US touring schedule of centuries-old Chinese art form on the Chipola stage on Mar. 22, 2016.  The newest, unique cirque spectacular, Cirque Zíva, showcases traditional Chinese acrobats who dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form. Learn more at www.goldendragonacrobats.com.

Rounding out the Chipola line-up on April 15, 2016, is Bubbles, an American Diva: A Tribute to Beverly Sills. The acclaimed Brooklyn-born coloratura soprano Beverly Sills (1929-2007) won a radio contest at age three and soon began singing regularly as Bubbles Silverman. She made her operatic debut in 1947 and performed with the New York City Opera through the 1970’s. Sills became one of the most famous sopranos in the world. She was more popular with the American public than any opera singer, even among people who never set foot in an opera house. Dr. Connie Roberts, professor of music at William Carey University, will perform this stunning tribute.

Evelyn Ward, Chipola Director of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “Season tickets are expected to go quickly, so don’t miss out. Some events are expected to sell out when single event tickets are available.  Season tickets are the best way to be sure to get the best seat in the house.  

Season tickets—$60—are a bargain price when compared to sister institutions where prices are double or triple this amount.  Season ticket holders also get a VIP pass to Meet the Artist receptions and early renewal privileges for next season.

Online tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show.  Box Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon.  The Box Office will be closed on all college holidays.

Single event tickets range from $18 to $25 for adults, $10 for children under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees.  Individual tickets for Broadway Boys—$20 for adults and $10 for 18 and under—go on sale Aug. 17Reserved seating for season tickets will be limited after Aug. 17.

For more information, call 850-718-2277 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

 

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August 17, 2015

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CHIPOLA’S ENDLESS SUMMER EVENT TO RAISE MONEY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola Appreciation Club’s “Endless Summer” dinner and dance, is set for Saturday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m., at the Marianna National Guard Armory.

The event will reunite old Chipola friends and alumni for a relaxing evening to raise money for Chipola scholarships. Proceeds from the event will go to the Senator Bill Montford Scholarship Endowment, as well as a new endowment in honor of Ronnie Myers, a former Chipola basketball star.

Sen. Montford (Chipola Class of 1967) was born in Marianna and moved to Blountstown where he grew up and attended public school. He graduated from Chipola and transferred to FSU where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics education and Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision.

In the Florida Senate, Montford currently serves as Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Vice-Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. He also serves on the following committees: Appropriations, Banking and Insurance, Education Pre-K-12, Reapportionment and Rules.

Ronnie Myers is a long-time supporter of Chipola athletics.  Myers graduated from Chipola in 1962 where he starred on the basketball team coached by the late Milton Johnson. He led the Indians to numerous wins, and his Chipola team also won the first State Championship in 1962.

Myers has served as Appreciation Club President for terms totaling 10 years. He has led ticket sales, membership drives, and hosted many coaches and supporters in his home. Myers played a key role in bringing the State Basketball Tournament to Marianna and served as a Tournament Director for 18 years. The “Ronnie Myers Appreciation Club Room” in the Milton H. Johnson Center was dedicated earlier this year. Myers was inducted into the FCSAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2011.

Endless Summer will feature 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 perform dance favorites, including their hit song “Laugh It Off.”

Tickets are $50 per person, with a social hour, dinner and dance. Summer casual attire is recommended. 

For ticket information, call Lillie Hamil at 850-718-2375.

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August 17, 2015

LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASSES BEGIN SEPT. 3

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer an evening Law Enforcement Academy and a Corrections to Law Enforcement Cross-over class  beginning Sept. 3. 

Application deadline is Sept. 1. Classes will meet weeknights from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Completion of either program prepares 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 college Public Service Building Tuesdays 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, contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 718-2286.

 

 

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August 17, 2015

CHIPOLA ENGINEERING TECH OPEN HOUSE DRAWS A CROWD

 

MARIANNA—More than 100 students, faculty and industry representatives attended an Open House Tuesday for Chipola College’s two new programs in Engineering Technology.

Instructors provided tours of both the Civil Engineering Technology and Engineering Technology programs to meet prospective students and their families. Advisory Councils for both programs met to discuss curriculum. More than a dozen new students enrolled in the program introduced themselves to the group.

Guests toured classrooms and labs, and got a firsthand look at instructional equipment, including two of the first 3D printers. 

Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst, says, “This is a great day for Chipola and our students. Chipola is here to provide training for employment. Companies are looking for skilled workers to accomplish their goals. These engineering technology programs are a model of industry and education working together to help the local economy.” 

The new program has two tracks: Civil Engineering Technology and Engineering Technology. Civil Engineering Technology is a construction track touching all aspects of road, bridge and structure type projects. The program will focus on Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Surveying, Engineering, Contracting and Testing.  

Engineering Technology is an industrial track focused on plant maintenance and advanced manufacturing to include: hydraulics, pneumatics, motors and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s).   

Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce Education, says, “We are so thankful to our business partners for helping to create these programs from the ground up. Their support has provided a framework for instruction and a direct pipeline to employment.”   

Both programs require approximately two years of class work.  Scholarships available for both programs. Classes begin in August.  Rex Lumber has established scholarships for Engineering Technology students specializing in Advanced Manufacturing: Pneumatics, Hydraulics and Motors Certification. The Chipola Chapter of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society is offering scholarships to a student entering the Civil Engineering Technology program.  

To learn more about either program, visit www.chipolaworkforce.com or phone 850-718-2321.

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CHIPOLA ENGINEERING TECH OPEN HOUSE—Chipola College officials and students gathered Aug. 11 at an Open House for the college’s new programs in Engineering Technology and Civil Engineering Technology. To learn more about either program, visit www.chipolaworkforce.com or phone 850-718-2321.

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August 27, 2015

CHIPOLA SUMMER DEAN’S LIST ANNOUNCED

MARIANNADr. Sarah Clemmons, senior vice president of Instruction at Chipola College, commends some 209 students who made the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Summer I and II Terms 2015.

                To be placed on the Dean’s List, a student must take 6 or more semester hours of courses and make an average of 3.25 (B+) to 4.0 (A) in all courses.

                Students who made perfect averages of 4.0—straight A’s—and their hometowns are:

                AlfordEli Whitehead.

                AlthaMarian Bailey, Kimberly Clemons, Brett Floyd, Elizabeth Uhrick, Brianna Yon.

                Blountstown—Hayden White, Cayla Davis, Le'Tonya Reed.

                Bonifay—Michelle Dampier, Thomas Herndon, Lucy Jiang, Leo McCann, Jordan Segers, Heather Shelby, Dakota Ward, Kimberley Williams, April Yates.

Bristol—Chelsea Bateman, Haley Brady, Carey Golden, Kristen Whitfield, Crystal Womble.

                Campbellton—Josiah Ennis.

                Chipley—James Clemmons, Jesse Deese, Lathan Harwell, George Hoffman, Emaleigh Munn,

Charity Newsom, Emily Nong, Olivia Saunders, Codi Smith, Kevin Smith, Latrelle Williams.

                Clarksville—Summer Hill, Makayla Mayo.

                Cottondale—Paisley Bruner, Tisha Davis, Brendon Hales, Elynora Sapp, Holly Tyler, Katherine Waller.

                 Graceville—Caroline Nichols.

                Grand Ridge—Brittany Benton, Katherine Campbell, Ryne Danford.

                Greenwood—Antwain Johnson, Elizabeth Jones, Noah Roberts.

                Kinard—Leaha Pitts.

                Malone—Pamela Hammock, Caroline Rogers.

                Marianna—Julie Arroyo, Rachel Berbert, Jamie Bodie, Amy Christmas, Justin Cutchin, John Ellerbee, Dianna Floyd, Stacey Goodwin, Brianna Granberry, Nicholas Hess, Elizabeth Hester, Hannah Jackson, Sherri Johnson, Katelynn Lewis, Elnath Maldonado, Stacy Martin, Ashley McLean, Steven Miller, Mark Mooney, Matthew Norville, Caitlin Register, Leslie Sims, Angelia Tiller, James Walker, Dustin Whitehead.

                Sneads—Erin McKeown, Kaylee Messer, Alicia Seaton.

                Vernon—Olivia Brock, Robert Patton.

                Westville—Jamie Jacobs.

                Out of District—Sydney Borener of Black, Ala., Steven Rooks of Charlotte, N.C., Jody Eslinger of Cottonwood, Ala., Lauren Odom of Cowarts, Ala., Patricia Jett and Ramon Norton of Dothan, Ala., Payton Dillard and Jessica English of Gordon, Ala., Jeanine Charles of Immokalee, Taevon Ashmeade of Jacksonville, Carter Skaggs of Logansport, Ind., Noelle Webster of Miami, Joseph Taylor of Milton, Julia Hales of Panama City, Taylor Chester and Amy Hayes of Panama City Bch, Hannah Price of Port St Joe, Ahsia Gray of Quincy, Constance Mayes of Santa Rosa Beach, Cynthia Petke Kemayou of Silver Spring, Md., Jordan Pippin of St Petersburg, Nathalie Esellem, Ashley Giraldo, Angela Pippins and Ayla Register of Tallahassee, Ronisha Miller of Thomasville, Ga., Jessica Barton of Youngstown.

                Students who earned grade point averages ranging from 3.25(B+) to 3.99 (A) and their hometowns are:

                Alford—Alicia Barton, Marissa Cannady.

                Altha—Autumn Coleman, Candy Crenshaw, Carrie Deese, Rena O'Bryan, Jacob Tolbert, Nathaniel Walden, Shawneen Womble.

                Blounstown—Delynda Bailey, Sha'Meya Bell, Chelsee Cook-McGee, Lauren Godwin, Joshua Segers, Allison Tipton.

                Bonifay—Chesney Ard, Madison Collins, Chelsea Herndon, Jeanne Sapia, Garet Skipper.

                Campbellton—Va Quita Clark.

                Caryville—Tyrell Peterson.

                Chipley—Christy Bess, Julie Carroll, Tristan Hartzog, Crystal Hood, Brooke McGowin, Brittani Mount, Joshua Myers, Sagar Patel, Allison Pettis, Stephen Sewell, Michael Smith.

                Cottondale—Blake Anderson, Lindie Dilmore, Bethany Horton, Wendy Sheffield, Frederick Ward.

                GracevilleVictoria Brown, Kristina Hayes, Kayla Wilson, Dustin Womble.

                Grand RidgeMelinda Baxter, Carlos Edenfield, Courtney Fowler, Shareem Goodlet, Yolanda Hamilton, Alexanderia Maphis.

                GreenwoodCherease Charlton, Tony Davis, Alexi Nix, Trivia Richardson, Sabrina Shoup, Patrick Spires, Tracy Swint.

                MariannaYasmin Adderson, Kendra Bennett, Hannah Blount, Jordan Exum, Sydney Holland, Megan Holloway, Hannah Isler, Barbara Johnson, Christopher Lambe, Ashley Lipford, Shannon McClendon, Lesley Myrick, Cason Neel, Jeffrey Register, Scott Smith, Ryan Thomas, Clint Touchton, Megan Trotman, Cheyenne Welch, Vanessa Wynn.

                Sneads—Madison Baker, Jack Glover, Logan Neel, Erica Smith, Lyndsey Sykes.

                Vernon—Avery Hodges.

                Westville—Katelyn Miller.

                Out of DistrictNolan Lovering of Bainbridge, Ga., Megan Walker of Clio, Ala., Michael Tucker of Covington, Ga., Anna Atkinson of Cumming, Ga., Whitney Reeves of Dothan, Ala., Janisha Lindsey of Evansville, Ind., Maurice Rivers of Fayetteville, Ga., Dejuan Marrero of Gary, Ind., Taylor Hales of Hartford, Ala., Victoria McDaniel of Moulton, Ala., Cletrell Pope of Northport, Ala., Shericka Davis of Panama City, Fla., Evelyn Akhator of Satellite Town, Lagos Nigeria, Terrance Abernathy of Slocomb, Ala., Lydia Dennard of Tallahassee, Kevin Santa of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico.

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 August 27, 2015

Chipola Employees Awarded For Service

                Marianna- Employees of Chipola College recently were recognized for years of service. Awards were made in five-year increments.  The following were recognized:

                 Five years: Karen Bradley, Casey Dowgul, Joc Calloway, Robert Davis, Tina Dorsey, Katy Flowers, Dr. James Froh, Terolyn Lay, Brooke Mathis, Shannon Mercer, Amy Sampson, Angie White.

                Ten years: Joy Ree Ashmore, Dr. Pam Rentz, Billy Ray Richter

                Fifteen years: Laurie Berry, Nell Donaldson, John Gardner, Boris Granberry, Nancy Johnson, Sheila Mercer, Mark Panichella, Jeremy Smith.

                Twenty years: Dr. Jeff Bodart.

                Twenty-five years: Alice Pendergrass.

                Thirty years: Diane Timmons.

                Thirty- five years: Wayne Herring.

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FIVE YEARS AT CHIPOLA— Employees of Chipola College recently were recognized for years of service. Awards were made in five-year increments. Five year employees are, from left: Karen Bradley, Shannon Mercer, Casey Dowgul, Joc Calloway, Terolyn Lay, Robert Davis, Amy Sampson, Dr. James Froh, Brooke Mathis and Angie White. Not pictured are: Katy Flowers and Tina Dorsey.

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10 YEARS AT CHIPOLA— Employees of Chipola College recently were recognized for years of service. Awards were made in five-year increments. Ten year employees are, from left: Joy Ree Ashmore and Dr. Pam Rentz. Not pictured is Billy Ray Richter.

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15 YEARS AT CHIPOLA— Employees of Chipola College recently were recognized for years of service. Awards were made in five-year increments. Fifteen year employees are, from left: Laurie Berry, Boris Granberry, Nell Donaldson, John Gardner, Nancy Johnson, Mark Panichella, Shelia Mercer. Not pictured is Jeremy Smith.

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20 YEARS AT CHIPOLA— Employees of Chipola College recently were recognized for years of service.  Here Dr. Jeff Bodart (right) accepts his 20 year award from Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst.

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25 YEARS AT CHIPOLA— Employees of Chipola College recently were recognized for years of service. Here Alice Pendergrass (right) accepts her 25 year award from Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst.

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30 YEARS AT CHIPOLA— Employees of Chipola College recently were recognized for years of service. Here Diane Timmons (right) accepts her 30 year award from Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst.

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35 YEARS AT CHIPOLA— Employees of Chipola College recently were recognized for years of service. Here Wayne Herring (right) accepts his 35 year award from Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst.

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August 27, 2015

CHIPOLA’S ENDLESS SUMMER EVENT A SUCCESS

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Appreciation Club’s “Endless Summer” dinner and dance on Aug. 22 was a great success.

                Some 400 Chipola friends and alumni gathered at the Marianna National Guard Armory for a relaxing evening to raise money for Chipola scholarships. Thousands of dollars were donated for both the Senator Bill Montford Scholarship Endowment, as well as a new endowment in honor of Ronnie Myers, a former Chipola basketball star. A number of friends roasted Myers, including Dr. Gene Prough, Dr. Jason Hurst, Bobby Paschal, Rufus Barron, Walter Rose, Sister Blackmon Milligan and Robert Trammell. David Johnson, son of the late Chipola coach Milton Johnson, presented Myers a section of the old gym floor bearing Johnson’s name. Teammate Rufus Barron presented Myers a replica of Campbellton’s State Championship Trophy from the 1960’s.

                Sen. Montford (Chipola Class of 1967) was host of the event. He serves Senate District 3, and also is CEO of the Florida Association of School Superintendents. Sen. Montford lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Jane, a retired public school teacher. Bill and Jane have two children, William J. Montford IV (Bill) and Katherine Montford Peters and five grandchildren.

                Ronnie Myers was the special guest of the event. A long-time supporter of Chipola athletics, Myers graduated from Chipola in 1962 where he starred on the basketball team coached by the late Milton Johnson. He led the Indians to numerous wins, and his Chipola team also won the first State Championship in 1962.

                Ronnie and wife, Dr. Kitty Myers, a retired Chipola vice-president, have two daughters—Amie Myers, a Chipola English professor, and Melissa Munroe, mother of the Myers’ three grandchildren, Wallace Munroe, Madeline Munroe and Taylor Munroe.

                Event chairman Robert Trammell, says, “Chipola has the best alumni of any college in the nation. Their ongoing support is what sets Chipola apart from all the rest.”

                The Villagers, a rock band consisting of Chipola alumni–Cliff Ellis, Allen Myers, George Boyer, Walter Dover and Andy Murray— provided dance music for the evening. 

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MYERS’ TEAMMATES—(from left) Bobby Paschal, Robert Trammell, Ronnie Myers and Ronnie's brother Don Myers.

 

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MYERS’ DAUGHTERS—Ronnie Myers (center) with daughters Melissa (left) and Amie.

 

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MYERS’ WITH THE HARDWOOD—(from left) Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst, Ronnie Myers and David Johnson.

 

 

 

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MYERS’ CHECK—(from left) Robert Trammell, Ronnie Myers and Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst pose with a check for the Ronnie Myers Endowment.  

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