September 1, 2015

CHIPOLA RANKED THIRD BEST IN U.S. BY WalletHub.Com

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College officials announced Tuesday, Sept. 1, that WalletHub.com ranked Chipola third on its list of the best community colleges in the U.S.

“We’re very proud of our number three national ranking,” said college president, Dr. Jason Hurst. “We have an excellent record of educating students, and preparing them for promising careers.”

Hurst said the WalletHub ranking adds to a growing list of recent accolades for the college, including three nominations for the prestigious Aspen Prize (2012, 2013 and 2014), and a ranking of 14th best community college in the U.S. by Washington Monthly in 2013.

WalletHub is a group who researches the best value in financial institutions, educational institutions, including advisers and insurance brokers.

There are about 1,100 community colleges in the U.S., but WalletHub looked only at the 670 that were accredited and also disseminated to their students in 2013 the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, essentially an opportunity for students to grade their colleges.

Based on the survey and other data, WalletHub considered four areas: Education Outcomes, Cost and Financing, Classroom Experience and Career Outcomes.

Education Outcomes measured student retention rates, graduation rates and number who go on to universities. 

Cost and Financing is a criterion which considered student tuition fees, how much schools spent per student, and the total amounts of state and local financial assistance students received weighed against federal assistance and faculty and staff salaries. 

Classroom Experience considered levels of involvement students have in their own education and participation in teams and projects, how much students apply themselves to their education, how academically challenged students feel and how students feel about school services and access to faculty. 

Career Outcomes compared initial salaries of students in their new career fields compared to the costs of the college educations and the ratio of student loan defaults. 

Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola Senior Vice-President, said, “We believe our students and faculty are among the best in the country, but it is inspiring when this belief is validated by objective measurements.”

The WalletHub study also supports Chipola’s position in Florida's new performance-based funding model which ranked Chipola eighth out of 28 community colleges statewide. The Florida College System placed Chipola in the Silver category and awarded the school $400,000 in non-recurring funds as part of the state’s new performance-based funding matrix.

WalletHub reports that community colleges are slowly stacking up against their traditional four-year counterparts. Schedule flexibility, rigorous coursework and smaller class sizes supply the majority of their appeal to first-time college students.

The rankings used data obtained from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, and the Council for Community and Economic Research and American Institutes for Research and Optimity Advisors. The rankings and methodology are listed at: http://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-community-colleges/15076/

Chipola is designated as a state college in the Florida College System. Established in 1947, Chipola offers the Bachelor of Science Degree, Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs.

For information about Chipola College, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 850-526-2761.

 

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CHIPOLA RANKED THIRD BEST COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN U.S.-- Chipola College officials announced Tuesday, Sept. 1, that WalletHub.com ranked Chipola third on its list of the best community colleges in the U.S. Here, assistant professor Alex Chew lectures in a Chipola chemistry class.

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September 2, 2015

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES OPENS THURSDAY, SEPT. 3 WITH BROADWAY BOYS

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series opens Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m., with The Broadway Boys.  Tickets will be available at the box office beginning at 6 p.m.

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.

The Artist Series season lineup also includes: Nashville-based Bluegrass group The Barefoot Movement, Nov. 19; The Golden Dragon Acrobats, Mar. 22, 2016; and Bubbles, an American Diva: A Tribute to Beverly Sills, April 15, 2016.

Individual tickets for Broadway Boys—$20 for adults and $10 for 18 and under—are on sale in the box office. Season tickets—$60—include 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.   

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

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September 3, 2015

O’BRYAN IS CHIPOLA’S CAREER EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

 

                MARIANNA—Shanda O’Bryan, Chipola College’s Comptroller, has been named the college’s Career Employee of the Year for 2015.

                As comptroller, she is responsible for overseeing many of the college’s financial transactions, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, student fees, college scholarships payments and fee waivers.  O’Bryan has worked at Chipola since 1994. She is active in the Association of Florida Colleges and the Career Employees Association.  In addition, she has served on several college committees including calendar, budget review and development and intercollegiate athletics.

                Her supervisor Steve Young, Chipola Vice-President, says, “Shanda is the most deserving person for this award.  She spends countless hours serving students and fellow employees.  The quality of her work is second to none.”

                Her co-worker Kathy Dunaway, who nominated O’Bryan for the award, said, “Shanda is in the office late most evenings. We kid her about staying overnight, since she is here when we leave and here when many of us arrive in the mornings. She makes sure deadlines are met, and in Accounting, there are many. She always treats everyone in a courteous manner.”

                O’Bryan and her husband, Randy, both attended Chipola, as did her parents Tommy and Connie Ayers of Altha. Shanda went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Florida State University. Their son, Sawyer, is a senior at Altha High School and is a dual enrollment student through Chipola.  Their daughter, Addison, is a seventh-grader at Altha. The family is active in sports and extracurricular activities.

                The Employee of the Year award recognizes the exceptional work of Chipola's career service employees. Candidates are nominated by fellow employees for exhibiting courtesy, motivation and professionalism. Annual winners receive a $1,000 bonus, reserved parking for a year, a one-year membership in AFC, and a $100 gift certificate from the college Book Store.

 

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O’BRYAN IS CHIPOLA’S CAREER EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR—Shanda O’Bryan, Chipola College’s Comptroller, has been named the college’s Career Employee of the Year for 2015. Pictured from left, are: Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst, Shanda O’Bryan and Chipola Vice-President Steve Young,

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September 3, 2015

CHIPOLA RANKED THIRD BEST IN U.S. BY WalletHub.Com

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College officials announced Tuesday, Sept. 1, that WalletHub.com ranked Chipola third on its list of the best community colleges in the U.S.

                “We’re very proud of our number three national ranking,” said college president, Dr. Jason Hurst. “We have an excellent record of educating students, and preparing them for promising careers.”

                Hurst said the WalletHub ranking adds to a growing list of recent accolades for the college, including three nominations for the prestigious Aspen Prize (2012, 2013 and 2014), and a ranking of 14th best community college in the U.S. by Washington Monthly in 2013.

                WalletHub is a group who researches the best value in financial institutions, educational institutions, including advisers and insurance brokers.

                There are about 1,100 community colleges in the U.S., but WalletHub looked only at the 670 that were accredited and also disseminated to their students in 2013 the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, essentially an opportunity for students to grade their colleges.

                Based on the survey and other data, WalletHub considered four areas: Education Outcomes, Cost and Financing, Classroom Experience and Career Outcomes.

                Education Outcomes measured student retention rates, graduation rates and number who go on to universities. 

                Cost and Financing is a criterion which considered student tuition fees, how much schools spent per student, and the total amounts of state and local financial assistance students received weighed against federal assistance and faculty and staff salaries. 

                Classroom Experience considered levels of involvement students have in their own education and participation in teams and projects, how much students apply themselves to their education, how academically challenged students feel and how students feel about school services and access to faculty. 

                Career Outcomes compared initial salaries of students in their new career fields compared to the costs of the college educations and the ratio of student loan defaults. 

                Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola Senior Vice-President, said, “We believe our students and faculty are among the best in the country, but it is inspiring when this belief is validated by objective measurements.”

                The WalletHub study also supports Chipola’s position in Florida's new performance-based funding model which ranked Chipola eighth out of 28 community colleges statewide. The Florida College System placed Chipola in the Silver category and awarded the school $400,000 in non-recurring funds as part of the state’s new performance-based funding matrix.

                WalletHub reports that community colleges are slowly stacking up against their traditional four-year counterparts. Schedule flexibility, rigorous coursework and smaller class sizes supply the majority of their appeal to first-time college students.

                The rankings used data obtained from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, and the Council for Community and Economic Research and American Institutes for Research and Optimity Advisors. The rankings and methodology are listed at: http://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-community-colleges/15076/

                Chipola is designated as a state college in the Florida College System. Established in 1947, Chipola offers the Bachelor of Science Degree, Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs.

                For information about Chipola College, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 850-526-2761.

 

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CHIPOLA RANKED THIRD BEST COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN U.S.-- Chipola College officials announced Tuesday, Sept. 1, that WalletHub.com ranked Chipola third on its list of the best community colleges in the U.S. Here, assistant professor Alex Chew lectures in a Chipola chemistry class.

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September 3, 2015

BUSINESS CREDIT SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business seminar "Building Business Credit and Managing Cash Flow,” Friday, Sept. 11, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building (M).

                The FSBDC at UWF is presenting the seminar.  Participants will gain tips on how to establish and grow a company's business credit, effectively use a business Line of Credit, better manage cash flow and gain access to capital for business.  The seminar will be presented by Shelly Wilson-Ayers, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. 

                Cost of the seminar is $35 for the public and free for students and employees of GCSC, Chipola College or Florida State University who present a name tag or student ID.  Pre-registration is recommended. 

                Register at www.sbdc.uwf.edu and click on Training Opportunities in Panama City for the Chipola College seminar.

For information, call 850-718-2441.

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September 9, 2015

CHIPOLA THEATRE SHOWCASE IS SEPT. 17

 

MARIANNA—Charles Sirmon, Chipola College Director of Theatre, will begin his 17th season at the college with a Theatre Showcase, Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.

Chipola Theatre majors will present scenes and skits in a showcase that Sirmon says, “Is a lot like Saturday Night Live on a Thursday.”

The production is general admission and allows all theatre majors the opportunity to share their talent and many for the first time.

Tickets—$10—are available to purchase from theatre majors, at the Center for the Arts Box Office, or online at www.chipola.edu.

The annual fundraiser helps theatre majors take an educational trip to New York where they see Broadway and Off Broadway shows, participate in professional talk-backs with cast members, tour the city and take Master classes.

For ticket information, call 850-718-2420 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice

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Front Row (L to R) Jared Standiford (Marianna), Austin Spears (Montevallo, AL), Sarah Liffick (Blountstown), Josiah Brooks (Dothan, AL), Odra Chapman (Greensboro, FL), Shayli Tharp (Marianna)

Back Row (L to R) Kimball Bass (Marianna), Patrick Mathis (Alford) and Elyn Sapp (Cottondale)

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September 9, 2015

CRAA MEETING TO FEATURE NEW TECHNICAL THEATRE PROGRAM

 

MARIANNA— Connie Smith, Director of Technical Theatre at Chipola College, will be the featured guest speaker at the September 15 meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA).

CRAA meets at Jim’s Buffet, with a Dutch-treat luncheon at 11:30 a.m. and program beginning at noon.

Smith will offer a unique look behind the Chipola Theatre stage and introduce Chipola College’s new Theatre Technology program beginning Spring 2015. 

Theatre Technology is for students whose main interest in theatre is not performing onstage but working behind the scenes. Majors in this field learn to make the world of a play complete through scenery, costumes, lights, and sound. Students tackle such challenges as painting a wall to look like a stormy sky or lighting a stage as if the sun is setting. Classes will cover such topics as theatrical design, lighting, sound, scene painting, and costume design.

The two-year curriculum in many ways simulates a theatrical craftsman's professional experience and process. Theatre technology students learn about the creative design process, from script though post production and how those designs are translated into actual physical structures for the theatre. Students collaborate with directors, designers and our professional production staff as part of our production program.
                 Students learn from a distinguished and award-winning faculty of professional designers, artists and technicians both in the classroom and through individual guidance and advising during production work. Students receive formal and informal feedback from faculty through portfolio presentations and exhibits of their work each year. Students are encouraged to apply for summer theatre jobs as soon as they begin the program and are mentored in building and maintaining their professional career during and after their time at Chipola.

Students who are creative as well as good at solving problems, working with their hands, and working with different people excel in this program.

The Theatre Technology curriculum includes:  Stage Management, Theatre Appreciation, Introduction to Theatre Production, Stagecraft I and II, Drafting for Theatre, Introduction to Stage Lighting, Introduction to Stage Audio, Introduction to Theatrical Design, and Script Analysis.

Students completing this program may immediately enter the workforce as tradesmen or can continue to pursue a Bachelor degree in Theatre Technology for a college or university.        Careers in this field include:  Theatrical Craftsmen, Riggers, Commercial Scenic Production, Lighting Construction, Master Electrician, Props Construction/ Management, Scenery Construction, Sound Design, Theatrical Engineers, or Technical Directors.

Courses in this program also offer life skills to students that can be used in their future careers and/or lifetime hobbies and enrichment. Skills learned in this major can be useful while working in film, TV, interior design, and even theme parks.

Constance Smith has been serving as the Director of Technical Theatre for the Center for the Arts at Chipola College since 2012.  She has worked in scenic design and technical production for over 30 years. At the Center for the Arts she is responsible for Scenic, Lighting, and Sound Design as well as the Technical Direction of all productions. She has also designed scenery for University of Mobile, University of South Alabama, Meredith College, and several community theatres in the Southeast. She has served as the Job Contact Services Manager for the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) since 2001.

Smith holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auburn University, a Master of Science from the University of South Alabama, and is currently working toward a Masters of Fine Arts in Technical Production from Florida State University.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to learn about this new program and take a look behind-the-scenes of Chipola Theatre.

For information about CRAA, contact Anita Price at pricea@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2277.

 

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September 11, 2015

ENROLLMENT UP AT CHIPOLA THIS FALL

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College officials are celebrating a two percent enrollment increase this Fall.

A total of 2,121 students were enrolled through the final day of registration compared to 2,078 students at the same time last year.

                College president Dr. Jason Hurst said, “We are pleased that so many students are taking advantage of the opportunities available at Chipola College. Our goal is to make higher education accessible to all the citizens in our district.”

                Enrollment in the college’s Bachelor’s degree programs also is up. With 170 juniors and seniors currently enrolled, compared to 157 last year, students in four-year degree programs accounts for eight percent of the college’s total enrollment. Chipola offers 10 bachelor’s degree programs including math or science education for middle and high school, English education, elementary education, exceptional student education, nursing and business administration (with concentrations in management or accounting). 

                Most Chipola students (1,836) are enrolled in the Associate in Arts (AA) program, a two-year degree that guarantees acceptance to Florida’s 12 public universities or a B.S. program at Chipola.          

                Chipola also offers Associate in Science (AS) degrees and certificates in Workforce Development programs that provide training for various career fields. Two of the college’s long-standing Workforce programs—Cosmetology and Automotive Technology—have maximum enrollment with students on waiting lists for the Spring semester. The college’s two newest Workforce programs—Engineering Technology and Civil Engineering Technology—have a total of 30 students enrolled.

                Students planning to enroll in the Spring semester, which begins in January 2016, are encouraged to apply by the Dec. 2 deadline. Nov. 17 is the Financial Aid application deadline for students planning to use financial aid to pay Spring tuition. 

                College applications are available in the Admissions Office located in the Student Services Building or on-line at www.chipola.edu.  

               For admissions information, call 850-718-2211, or visit www.chipola.edu.

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September 11, 2015

CHIPOLA THEATRE SHOWCASE IS SEPT. 17

 

MARIANNA—Charles Sirmon, Chipola College Director of Theatre, will begin his 17th season at the college with a Theatre Showcase, Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.

Chipola Theatre majors will present scenes and skits in a showcase that Sirmon says, “Is a lot like Saturday Night Live on a Thursday.”

The production is general admission and allows all theatre majors the opportunity to share their talent and many for the first time.

Tickets—$10—are available to purchase from theatre majors, at the Center for the Arts Box Office, or online at www.chipola.edu.

The annual fundraiser helps theatre majors take an educational trip to New York where they see Broadway and Off Broadway shows, participate in professional talk-backs with cast members, tour the city and take Master classes.

For ticket information, call 850-718-2420 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice

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CHIPOLA THEATRE SHOWCASE IS SEPT. 17—Chipola College Theatre majors will present their annual Theatre Showcase, Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts. Pictured from left, are: (front) Jared Standiford of Marianna, Austin Spears of Montevallo, AL, Sarah Liffick of Blountstown, Josiah Brooks of Dothan, AL, Odra Chapman of Greensboro, FL, Shayli Tharp of Marianna, (back) Kimball Bass of Marianna, Patrick Mathis of Alford and Elyn Sapp of Cottondale.

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September 11, 2015

CHIPOLA ANNOUNCES MILLER CORRECTIONS SCHOLARSHIP

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Foundation is accepting applications for the Mike Miller Memorial Scholarship. 

The scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Michael Steven Miller who was proud to serve the citizens of the State of Florida as a Correctional Officer. 

The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who is enrolling in the Chipola Basic Corrections program who has financial need, and is a resident of Jackson County. 

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, highly-motivated to succeed and be actively involved in serving their community as demonstrated by their involvement in extra-curricular activities. 

Mike Miller Memorial Scholarship applications are available in the Chipola College Foundation office or in the Chipola Public Service Building. 

Applicants should contact Jamie McAllister at 718-2212 or mccallisterj@chipola.edu about application procedures for the Basic Corrections program.

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September 11, 2015

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CHIPOLA THEATRE AUDITIONS FOR ‘CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF’

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College Theatre director Charles Sirmon will hold auditions for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Sept. 21 and 22, at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts.  Auditions are for ages 16 and up. The show will run Nov. 5-8.

Set in the Mississippi Delta plantation home of Big Daddy Pollitt, Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy's family. Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie “the Cat.” His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama examines social mores, greed, superficiality, deception, decay, desire, repression and death.  The production contains mature content and is not recommended for children under 12.

Chipola Theatre’s Spring musical is “The Addams Family,” set for Feb. 24-28, 2015.  The Summer Children’s Show is “Superhero,” May 12.

For information about auditions, visit the Chipola Theatre page at www.facebook.com or www.chipola.edu/theatre

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September 11, 2015

PORTER AWARDED EFURD SCHOLARSHIP AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Saundra Leigh Porter of Sneads has been awarded the Railey Efurd Memorial Nursing Scholarship to Chipola College. Locke is a first semester nursing student.

The scholarship dedicated in memory of Railey Efurd, the late son of Sammy and Marthe Efurd of Marianna. The scholarship will next be awarded in the Fall 2016 semester.  Applicants must either be enrolled in, or accepted to, the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and maintain a 2.5 GPA each semester.

More than $14,000 has been donated to the Efurd Scholarship Endowment. Those wishing to make donations, may send checks to: Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL, 32446.

For information, call 850-718-2445.

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PORTER AWARDED EFURD SCHOLARSHIP AT CHIPOLA—Saundra Leigh Porter of Sneads has been awarded the Railey Efurd Memorial Nursing Scholarship to Chipola College. Porter is a first semester nursing student. Here, Marthe Efurd (right), presents the scholarship to Porter.

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ELKS CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS PRESENTED—The Marianna Elks Lodge recently presented three scholarships to Chipola College students.  Pictured from left, are: Betty Johnson, Elks Scholarship Chair; Amy Hand, Shawna Donofro and Scott Harris, Elks Scholarship committee. Scholarship recipient Hanna Donofro is not pictured.

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September 17, 2015

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CHIPOLA NURSING PROGRAM RANKED IN TOP 10%

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Nursing Program has been ranked in the Top 10% of programs in the Eastern U.S. by NurseJournal.org.

NurseJournal is a social community for nurses worldwide which seeks to educate, inform and share information about health science programs.

Chipola was ranked 118th among the more than 1,189 schools in the Eastern Region which were evaluated in five categories: quality, affordability, convenience, satisfaction and value.  Data used in the rankings came from the Institute of Education Sciences, Rate My Professors, PayScale, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state Boards of Nursing and individual school websites.

Dr. Karen Lipford, Dean of the Chipola School of Health Sciences, says, “A great school is more than just good teachers and low tuition; a great school offers educational options to make it easier for today’s students to achieve the lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. There are many different criteria to consider when selecting a school of nursing. We know that we have an outstanding program, but we are inspired that others outside of our community believe this as well.” 

The Chipola School of Health Sciences offers both the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Both degrees are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Tuition for the ADN program is $102 per semester hour.

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) prepares students to take the Registered Nurse National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse (RN). The ADN program is four-semesters in length with one semester of pre-requisites. ADN candidates are accepted into either the day or the evening programs. Candidates for the daytime program are admitted in August and January. The evening program accepts students only in August.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) offers all upper level classes in an online format. The flexibility of the online program allows working nurses to complete most of coursework in one year. BSN applicants are admitted three times during the year: August, January and May. Tuition for the BSN is $115 per semester hour.

For information, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2278.

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September 17, 2015

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CHIPOLA ISSUES FIRST REPONDER CHALLENGE

 

MARIANNA—September is the month that emergency personnel recall and respect nation-wide. First responders are the common thread that determines life and death in many emergency situations. There is never advance warning or practice sessions involved that lead the first-on-the-scene to make the correct decisions. This response comes from hour after hour of professional training, both textbook and hands-on.

The Chipola College Public Service Department offers Certified Training to first responders in an effort to ensure that emergency personnel are up to the task when a critical situation arises. As a Certified Training Center by the state of Florida, Chipola’s Public Service Department offers Firefighter Training to those interested in Commitment, Sacrifice, and Investment.

A First Responder Challenge Scholarship Fund has been established at the Chipola Foundation. Steve Anderson, Chipola Director of Public Service Programs, has kicked off the challenge with a $200 personal donation. Anderson says, “I have been both the first responder as well as the recipient of first responder services in my 40+ years of Public Service. In either situation, it is assuring to know that the first responder is trained professionally. Too often, we come to expect this professionalism in the time of disaster, but yet fail to acknowledge the training costs involved to achieve this goal. The most rewarding acknowledgement that we can offer first responders is to invest in their training. I have issued the First Responder Challenge to give the entire community the opportunity to invest in a safer environment.”

To contribute, contact Julie Fuqua, Chipola Foundation Director, at 718-2478, or email fuquaj@chipola.edu.  Checks may be mailed to: Chipola Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL 32446. Please note First Responder Challenge on checks.   

Chipola College is entering into a new era of first responder training with the introduction of George Gay, as the new Coordinator of Chipola’s Firefighting programs. He is a seasoned first responder with 20+ years as both a first responder and instructor. He will be responsible for assuring that the long-recognized quality of Firefighters receiving training continues for the local community.

Chipola will offer a Firefighter I class in early October, followed by a Firefighter II class. Gay is available to assist interested in the application process. Additionally, he will be able to offer a $200 scholarship to the first 10 individuals registering for the October Class.

For information, email gayg@chipola.edu or phone 718-2483 or 573-0188.  

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September 17, 2015

CHIPOLA INVITES THEATRE FANS TO JOIN ACT FUND

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College Theatre Director Charles Sirmon invites theatre fans to join the Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) Fund to enjoy a great 2015-16 season.

The Chipola Theatre season opens with the beloved Southern drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Nov. 5-8). The popular musical, The Addams Family, is set for Feb. 24-28, 2016. The annual children's theatre production is SuperHero?, slated for May 12, 2016. 

Membership in ACT guarantees the best seats for all shows. ACT offers five levels of membership, including Sponsor, Patron, Benefactor, Angel and Corporate Angel, with VIP seating available at all levels. A portion ACT memberships are tax-deductible.

Proceeds from the ACT Fund are used to directly support the Chipola Theatre department as it seeks to grow, challenge, dazzle, and of course, entertain.

Patrons may join online at www.chipola.edu/theatre, in person at the Theatre Box Office, or by phone at 850-718-2420.

 

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September 17, 2015

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CHIPOLA THEATRE AUDITIONS FOR ‘CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF’

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College Theatre director Charles Sirmon will hold auditions for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Sept. 21 and 22, at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts.  Auditions are for ages 16 and up. The show will run Nov. 5-8.

Set in the Mississippi Delta plantation home of Big Daddy Pollitt, Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy's family. Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie “the Cat.” His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama examines social mores, greed, superficiality, deception, decay, desire, repression and death. The production contains mature content and is not recommended for children under 12.

Chipola Theatre’s Spring musical is “The Addams Family,” set for Feb. 24-28, 2015.  The Summer Children’s Show is “Superhero,” May 12.

For information about auditions, visit the Chipola Theatre page at www.facebook.com or www.chipola.edu/theatre

 

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September 17, 2015

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FLORIDA LOTTERY TO SPONSOR CHIPOLA FALL FESTIVAL OCT. 1

 

MARIANNA— The Florida Lottery will participate, for the fourth year in a row, in the Chipola College Fall Festival, Thursday, Oct. 1, to welcome Bright Futures scholarship recipients and to celebrate the Lottery’s 27-year history of supporting education in Florida.

All Chipola students are excused from classes Thursday, Oct. 1, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. Chipola’s Student Government Association puts on the annual event for the student body. In addition to Outrageous Relay Races, students will enjoy music, free food and giant inflatable games at the Chipola Pool. Several universities are expected to send recruiters to meet with potential students.

The Florida Lottery Bright Futures program will provide free t-shirts and offer a drawing premium door prizes to Chipola students.

The Bright Futures Scholarship Program, which is funded primarily by the Florida Lottery, was created in 1997 by the Florida Legislature to assist students in pursuing post-secondary educational and career goals. Bright Futures scholarships are awarded to Florida high school graduates based on high academic achievement. 

Since the program's inception, the Florida Lottery has contributed more than $3.9 billion to send more than 600,000 students to college. To date, more than 5,000 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to students attending Chipola College, totaling $8,256,622.14.

For more information about Bright Futures Scholarships, visit www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/bf 

For information about the Fall Festival Event, call 718-2308 or visit the Chipola Student Activities Office, K-105.

 

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September 17, 2015

STARTING A BUSINESS SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business Seminar "Steps to Starting a Business in Florida," Friday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building (M).

CPA Johnny Branch, Growth Business Specialist, will lead the course which will focus on organizational requirements, location, licensing, financial assessments, insurance, marketing, loans, defining customers and employee requirements. 

The seminar is sponsored by the Small Business Development Council (SBDC) at UWF in Panama City. Cost of the seminar is $35 for the public and free for students and employees of Chipola, Gulf Coast State and UWF, who present a name tag or student ID.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended.  Participants may register online at www.sbdc.uwf.edu by clicking on Training Opportunities (Panama City). Phone 8508180570.

At Chipola, contact Katrina Griffin in Building M (108), phone 850-718-2441 or email griffink@chipola.edu.

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September 24, 2015

Fall Festival 09-24-15

FLORIDA LOTTERY TO SPONSOR CHIPOLA FALL FESTIVAL OCT. 1

 

MARIANNA— The Florida Lottery will participate, for the fourth year in a row, in the Chipola College Fall Festival, Thursday, Oct. 1, to welcome Bright Futures scholarship recipients and to celebrate the Lottery’s 27-year history of supporting education in Florida.

All Chipola students are excused from classes Thursday, Oct. 1, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. Chipola’s Student Government Association puts on the annual event for the student body. The event will be held at the Chipola Pool or at the gym in the event of rain.

In addition to Outrageous Relay Races, students will enjoy music, free food and giant inflatable games at the Chipola Pool. Several universities are expected to send recruiters to meet with potential students. The Florida Lottery Bright Futures program will provide free t-shirts and offer a drawing premium door prizes to Chipola students.

A short press conference will be held at noon to introduce Bright Futures students. Interim Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie and college officials are expected to participate.

The Bright Futures Scholarship Program, which is funded primarily by the Florida Lottery, was created in 1997 by the Florida Legislature to assist students in pursuing post-secondary educational and career goals. Bright Futures scholarships are awarded to Florida high school graduates based on high academic achievement. 

Since the program's inception, the Florida Lottery has contributed more than $3.9 billion to send more than 600,000 students to college. To date, more than 5,000 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to students attending Chipola College, totaling $8,256,622.14.

For more information about Bright Futures Scholarships, visit www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/bf 

For information about the Fall Festival Event, call 718-2308 or visit the Chipola Student Activities Office, K-105.

 

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September 24, 2015

REX LUMBER AWARDS ENGINEERING TECH SCHOLARSHIPS AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Rex Lumber established the Robert and Kathryn McRae scholarship fund to help students planning to pursue an A.S. degree in Engineering Technology at Chipola College.

Rex Lumber officials recently visited the college to meet scholarship recipients— Kenneth Justin McKinney of Marianna, Dalton Mock of Marianna, Ryan Riley of Marianna, Logan Stone of Marianna, Chase Rentz of Sneads, Anthony Wyrick of Blountstown, Marc Jackson of Westville , Kaitlyn Kosciw of Marianna and Emmanuel Lockhart.

Darwin Gilmore, Dean of Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity at Chipola, says, “The McRae family and Rex Lumber are important partners in this new program.  They are making a significant investment to help students get enrolled, and they have the capacity to hire skilled workers who successfully complete the course.”

Multiple one-year scholarships for up to 30 semester hours of tuition and/or books and supplies will be awarded by the Rex Lumber Graceville plant and the Rex Lumber Bristol plant.  Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 high school GPA to apply and must maintain a 2.5 each semester in order to retain the scholarship.

First-year scholarship recipients will be eligible to reapply during the second year of the program.  Second year funding is subject to prevailing economic conditions and the student’s performance in the program.  Students who excel in the program may be eligible for paid internship positions within Rex Lumber.

For information, visit the Chipola Foundation at www.chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2404.

 

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Rex Lumber Scholarships Chipola 09-24-15

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REX SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED—Rex Lumber officials recently visited the Chipola College to meet recipients of the Robert and Kathryn McRae scholarship for students in the college’s new Engineering Technology program.  Pictured from left, are (front): Kenneth Justin McKinney of Marianna, Dalton Mock of Marianna, Ryan Riley of Marianna, Logan Stone of Marianna, Chase Rentz of Sneads, Anthony Wyrick of Blountstown, Marc Jackson of Westville and Kaitlyn Kosciw of Marianna, (back) Darwin Gilmore, Aubri Hanson, Dr. Jason Hurst, Roby Bethke, Charles McRae, Caroline Dauzat and Frank Bondurant.  Student Emmanuel Lockhart of Cottondale is not pictured.

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September 24, 2015

THREE CALHOUN COUNTY STUDENTS SIGN TAKE STOCK CONTRACTS

 

BLOUNTSTOWN—Three Calhoun County students recently signed contracts with Take Stock in Children. They are: Shayla Harris (Blountstown High Senior), Maria Rebollar (Blountstown High Freshman), and Bethany Redmond (Altha School Freshman).

Students apply for the Take Stock in Children during their eighth grade. If selected, they begin high school with the promise of a two-year scholarship to Chipola College once they graduate.

TSIC participants are also matched with a volunteer mentor who meets with them regularly at school. Students and parents sign a contract agreeing to maintain above a 2.0 GPA, attend school regularly, and remain drug and crime free.

Take Stock is a grass-roots program that depends on volunteers and private donations. The organization is seeking volunteers to mentor a student several times a month or to provide monetary donations.

For more information on how to help provide scholarships, mentors, and hope for deserving students in Jackson County, call 718-2428 or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/tsicchipola

 

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Take Stock In Children 09-24-15

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CALHOUN TAKE STOCK STUDENTS—Three Calhoun County students recently signed contracts with Take Stock in Children. Pictured from left, are: (front) Shayla Harris (Blountstown High Senior), Maria Rebollar (Blountstown High Freshman), Bethany Redmond (Altha School Freshman), (back) Ralph Yoder​, Calhoun Superintendent; Danny  Ryals, Calhoun School Board Member and Chipola Board Chair; and Dr. Jason Hurst, president of Chipola College.

 

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September 24, 2015

Anderson Speaks Botany At Chipola 09-24-15

Botanist Dr. Loran Anderson lectures at Chipola College

 

Chipola College Environmental Science students were audience to Dr. Loran Anderson, Professor Emeritus of Biological Science and former Curator of the Godfrey Herbarium, Florida State University. 

Dr. Anderson has been influencing botany and conservation in Florida for four decades as a professor of biology at FSU for 29 years, from 1974-2003, and to the present.  He served as a member of the Florida Endangered Plant Advisory Council for over 30 years and remains active in field surveys and herbarium studies, describing several species for the first time, updating and adding species to a list of over 600 at the Florida Caverns State Park.

His presentation included: an introduction to botany (evolution, taxonomy, plant diversity, leaves, flowers, seeds, pollination); a link between his expertise on Cannabis and professional forensic experiences; and third, how the field of botany could impact student future vocations and careers (agriculture, environmental engineering, consulting).  

The Chipola Natural Science Department anticipates Dr. Anderson’s next visit, and is grateful to Billy Bailey, Caverns Park Specialist, in referring him to the College.

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September 24, 2015

FAMU Scholarship Recepients 09-24-15

FAMU SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

 

MARIANNA—The FAMU recently awarded $119,000 in scholarships to local students thanks to a partnership with the Chipola College Black Student Union. 

Dr.  Willie Spires, Dean of Chipola’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Department and BSU sponsor, joined FAMU’s Provost Marcella David, Lawrence Brown and Marianna Mayor Travis Ephraim in presenting the scholarships.

Two-Year Scholarships were awarded to three Chipola College students: Brianna Granberry, Accounting ($10,000); Karrie Shack, Elementary Education ($4,000) and Winter Coldwell, Social Work ($8,000).

 Four-year scholarships were awarded to three local high school students: Joyelle Saun, Cottondale High, Mechanical Engineering ($65,000), Brittany Benton, Sneads High, Pharmacy ($16,000) and Daniel Lewis, Cottondale High, Business ($16,000).

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September 24, 2015

LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASS SET AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer an evening Law Enforcement Academy and a Corrections to Law Enforcement Cross-over class with an application deadline of Oct. 23.

Classes begin Nov. 3 and will meet weeknights from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Completion of either of these programs will prepare candidates to take the State Board Examination and 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. The cost of the test is $45.  The deadline for all applications will be Oct. 23.

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 718-2286.

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September 24, 2015

STARTING A BUSINESS SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business Seminar "Steps to Starting a Business in Florida," Friday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building (M).

 CPA Johnny Branch, Growth Business Specialist, will lead the course which will focus on organizational requirements, location, licensing, financial assessments, insurance, marketing, loans, defining customers and employee requirements. 

The seminar is sponsored by the Small Business Development Council (SBDC) at UWF in Panama City. Cost of the seminar is $35 for the public and free for students and employees of Chipola, Gulf Coast State and UWF, who present a name tag or student ID.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended.  Participants may register online at www.sbdc.uwf.edu by clicking on Training Opportunities (Panama City). Phone 8508180570.

At Chipola, contact Katrina Griffin in Building M (108), phone 850-718-2441 or email griffink@chipola.edu.

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September 24, 2015

 2015-16 BSU Officers 09-25-15

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CHIPOLA BSU OFFICERS—Chipola College Black Student Union Officers for 2015-16 are, from left: Angelica Livingston (Treasurer), Zia White (Secretary), Liz Jones (President), Siddiq Rushdan (Vice President), Brittany Smith (Historian) and Alexis Kendall (Chaplain). 

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