December 4, 2014




                GAINESVILLE, FL—The Chipola College Academic Center for Learning (ACE) has been named a finalist to compete for a 2015 Bellwether Award.

                The project, entitled, “Chipola College, ACE Is the Place: Providing New Pathways to Graduation,” was one of 10 outstanding community college programs in the Instructional Programs and Services category which highlights programs or activities designed and successfully implemented to support teaching and learning in the community college.

                Chipola’s tutoring center, known as the ACE (Academic Center for Excellence) has helped improved student success since its inception in 2005. Chipola’s three-year graduation rates for AA degree-seeking students increased from 24% in 2005 to 30.9% in 2013.

                The ACE is based on the premise that students need academic support at the course level—where grades are determined by performance on tests and assignments. ACE provides individual tutoring, test reviews, and group tutoring in a lounge style facility that has made it a favorite student hang-out. More than 800 students visit ACE weekly. Some 900 students made 8,000 visits to the ACE during the Fall of 2013.

                Chipola’s ACE recently was recognized by Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor Randy Hanna for innovation and excellence through the Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards.  

                Bellwether finalists were announced at the Community College Futures Assembly.  The field of nominations was competitive with over 300 applications. Prior to the application process, some 1,000 community college programs were nominated. The ten finalists were selected in three categories. 

                Chipola College officials will present at the Assembly on Jan. 26, 2015 in Orlando, and one winner will then be selected from each category by a panel of national experts. The winners will be announced on Jan. 27.

                Finalists in the Instructional Programs & Services category include: Chipola College, FL; Palm Beach State College, FL; Cuyahoga Community College, OH; Maricopa County Community College District, AZ; Norco College, CA; Sinclair Community College, OH; South Mountain Community College, AZ; The Community College of Baltimore County, MD; Walla Walla Community College, WA; and Wallace Community College - Dothan, AL.

                Finalists in the Planning, Governance & Finance category include: Bristol Community College, MA; Broward College, FL; California Community Colleges’ Success Network, CA; East Central Community College, MS; Flathead Valley Community College, MT; Grayson College, TX; Isothermal Community College, NC; Northeast Alabama Community College, AL; Ocean County College, NJ; St. Louis Community College, MO.

                Finalists in the Workforce Development category include: Alamo Colleges, TX; Alamo Colleges, TX; Cape Cod Community College, MA; Metropolitan Community College, MO; Niagara County Community College, NY; Northern Virginia Community College, VA; Piedmont Technical College, SC; Pueblo Community College, CO; Santa Fe College, FL; and Technical College of the Lowcountry, SC.

                The Community College Futures Assembly convenes annually as an independent national policy forum for key opinion leaders to serve as a think tank in identifying critical issues facing the future of community colleges, and to recognize Bellwether Finalist colleges as trend-setting institutions. 

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December 4, 2014

 Kyle Hudson Chipola Board




                TALLAHASSEE–Governor Rick Scott on Nov. 25 announced the appointment of Kyle Hudson and the reappointments of Hannah Sumner Causseaux and Daniel Ryals, III, to the Chipola College District Board of Trustees.

                Hudson, 33, of Westville, is the Holmes County Clerk of the Circuit Court. He previously was a teacher in Holmes County. Hudson currently serves as a board member of the Holmes County Fair Board. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Florida and a master’s degree for the University of West Florida. Hudson succeeds Dr. Leisa Bailey and is appointed for a term beginning November 25, 2014, and ending May 31, 2017.

                Causseaux, 30, of Bristol, is the former director of appointments in the Executive Office of the Governor. She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She is reappointed for a term beginning November 25, 2014, and ending May 31, 2018.

                Ryals, 63, of Blountstown, is a real estate broker and currently serves as chair of the Chipola College Board. He is chairman of the Calhoun County School Board, and a board member of the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Committee and the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce. Ryals is reappointed for a term beginning November 25, 2014, and ending May 31, 2017.

                The three appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

                Nine trustees—appointed by the Florida Governor—represent Chipola’s five-county district on the board. Other trustees include: Jan Page of Chipley, CEO of Community South Credit Union; Gary Clark of Chipley, vice president of West Florida Electric Cooperative; Gina Stuart of Marianna, a Realtor; Tommy Lassmann of Marianna, a commercial banker with Cadence Bank; and John Padgett of Marianna, a retired Jackson County Commissioner.




December 4, 2014





                MARIANNA—Chipola College Theatre will hold a Wizard of Oz audition workshop, Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m., in the Dance Studio of the Prough Center for the Arts.

                Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre, will lead the free workshop to familiarize those interested in auditioning for the Wizard of Oz in January.

                No previous experience is required. Singing and light dance will be a part of the workshop. Minimum age for cast members is six years, with one completed year of elementary school. Most lead roles will be cast as college age and adults. Munchkins and some other supporting roles are open to children or anyone under 60" in height.

                Open call auditions for all actors except munchkins are set for Sunday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m.  Munchkin auditions are Monday, Jan. 5, at 5 p.m., with other roles at 6 p.m. The show will run Feb. 25 to March 1, 2015.

                For information, call 718-2227 or email



December 4, 2014

 Lee Shock Retiring From Tax Business



                Retired Chipola College accounting professor Lee Shook is hanging up his computer after more than a decade of helping college local citizens file free income tax returns.  As a volunteer, Shook has helped hundreds of area residents file taxes for free and get maximum returns.

                Shook plans to continue his amateur acting career and to support Chipola Theatre and the Spanish Trail Playhouse in Chipley.

                Residents may get free help with tax returns, by calling 482-9620, or emailing Taxaide Local Coordinator, Bob Flynn at  ​

                The service will begin in late February as a project of the local AARP at the Jackson County Agricultural Center on Pennsylvania Avenue in Marianna.



December 4, 2014

 holiday festival artchipola christmas show dec 11



                MARIANNA—Chipola College will present A Holiday Festival featuring Chipola's Music Ensembles, Thursday, December 11.

                The 7 p.m. show will be held in the main theatre of the Prough Center for the Arts.

                This holiday musical extravaganza will feature Chipola’s Chorus, Community Chorus, President's Ensemble, Rock and Jazz Band, Show Choir, First Baptist Church of Marianna Handbell Choir, Sneads First Methodist Church Handbell Choir, area dancers and more. Patrons will enjoy the sounds of the season in this holiday show with a variety of music for all ages.

                Tickets—$10—may be purchased online at, and at the Center for the Arts Box Office, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, and one hour before the show.

                For ticket information, call 718-2420.


December 4, 2014

 Chipola spring registration



            MARIANNA—New students planning to enroll in Chipola College during the Spring 2014 semester are encouraged to make application before the college closes for the holidays on Dec. 11.            

            There are several steps to completing 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; call 718-2284 for assistance. 

            New student testing begins Jan. 2. Returning student registration is Jan. 5. New and returning student registration is Jan. 6. Classes begin Jan. 7.

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

            Bachelor’s Degrees include: Education majors in Middle and High School Math or Science, English Education, Exceptional Student Education and Elementary Education; 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 and are applicable toward a bachelor’s degree. Academic advising guides that outline requirements for specific majors are available from Student Affairs and are located on the college website at

                Several Associate in Science (AS) and Workforce programs are offered which provide training for high wage jobs.  Workforce programs include: Automotive Service Technology, Firefighter, Law Enforcement Officer, Correctional Officer, Cosmetology, Nursing Assistant and Welding.

                Associate in Science (AS) programs include: Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Computer Information Technology, Fire Science Technology, Criminal Justice Technology (Crime Scene Track), Networking Systems Technology, Culinary Management, Nursing 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 For information, call 718-2211.



December 4, 2014




                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer an Introduction to Geographic Information Systems course beginning in January. (GIS 1040) will meet Tuesday and Thursday, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Jan. 8 to March 3. 

                The course will provide hands-on instruction in spatial data exploration, map creation, data editing and analysis. No prior knowledge of GIS is necessary.  The course will use ESRI ArcGIS 10.2 software with step-by-step exercises to teach the core functionality of the ArcGIS for Desktop software, including map-making and build and edit spatial databases using realistic projects.  

                The course will cover the application of GIS in various fields to modify and analyze spatial data to answer real-world questions. Computer instructor Dr. Joseph Rhodes will teach the course.

                For information about the course, call 718-2441. 



December 4, 2014




                GAINESVILLE—Chipola College Theatre majors recently attended the Florida Theatre Conference at Santa Fe College in Gainesville.

                Sophomore theatre majors Seth Alderman and Kate Burke received overwhelming reviews on their auditions. Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre said "Kate and Seth are very strong and dedicated actors and I'm sure they will succeed wherever they go. I'm very proud of both of them."

                Chipola came away with a record number of callbacks. Several colleges, universities expressed interest in Chipola students, including: CAP 21 America’s Musical Theatre Conservatory; The American Musical and Dramatic Academy of NY; UWF; UF; UAB; NOVA; Loyola; The National Theatre Institute; The Atlantic Acting School and FIU.

                Students will spend the next few month visiting colleges and universities and discussing scholarship opportunities as they make plans to continue their education in Theatre.



Chipola Theatre majors rave reviews


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CHIPOLA THEATRE MAJORS GET RAVE REVIEWS—Chipola College Theatre majors recently attended the Florida Theatre Conference at Santa Fe College in Gainesville. Pictured are sophomore theatre majors Seth Alderman and Kate Burke who received overwhelming reviews on their auditions.



December 4, 2014

 Chipola Lady Indians




                MARIANNA— Chipola basketball fans will have the chance to see eight home games in the newly-renovated Johnson Center in December.

                Action begins Friday, Dec. 5, when the Indians host the Panhandle Classic sponsored by the Jackson County Tourist Development Council. The Indians play Santa Fe, Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. Gulf Coast and Brunswick meet at 5 p.m., Friday.

                Chipola plays Brunswick, Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. Gulf Coast and Santa Fe play at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Indians are fresh off a big 83-77 road win over Miami Dade College on Nov. 25. Dejuan Marrero led Chipola with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Tra-Deon Hollins had 18 points and 7 assists. Junior Saintel had 11 points and 5 rebounds.

                Chipola lost a close game to Broward College (76-84) on Nov. 24. Junior Saintel led Chipola with 23 points. Marrero had 13 points and 17 rebounds. Ty Baker added 12 points.

                The Indians beat Lawson State 80-72 on Nov. 20. Dejuan Marrero led Chipola with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Mehdy Ngouama had 12 points and 5 rebounds. Greg King had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Scott and Junior Saintel also scored 10 points apiece. 

                Men’s head coach Patrick Blake is beginning his third season at Chipola. His Indians are coming off a great 2013-14 season with a 26-6 record. They are the defending State Champions and Panhandle Conference Champions. Last year’s squad also made it to the Elite 8 of the national tournament losing to eventual champion Jones County.

                The (10-0) Lady Indians host the Chipola Women’s Classic, Dec. 12-13. Chipola plays Georgia Highlands, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. Gulf Coast and Eastern Florida State play at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 13, the Lady Indians play Eastern Florida State at 4 p.m. Gulf Coast plays Georgia Highlands at 2 p.m. Saturday.

                Both Chipola teams play in the Chipola Classic set for Dec. 16-18. The Indians host Motlow State, Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m., followed by the Lady Indians vs. ASA at 7 p.m.

                The Lady Indians host East Georgia State, Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. ASA and South Georgia Tech women meet at 5 p.m.

                The Lady Indians play South Georgia Tech, Thursday, Dec. 18, at 4 p.m. East Georgia and ASA women meet at 2 p.m.

                The (10-0) Lady Indians are number one in the nation and in the state topping both the FCSAA State Poll and the NJCAA National Poll.

                Chipola’s Evelyn Akhator is the NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the second time this season. Akhator, a sophomore from Lagos, Nigeria, averaged 15.7 points and 16.3 rebounds in three games. Her efforts led Chipola to three wins at the Capital Courtyard Classic, including a 70-39 triumph over nationally-ranked Walters State in which she racked up 17 points and 13 rebounds, along with five steals. Akhator recorded double-doubles in each game, including with 11 points and 15 rebounds against Central Florida on Nov. 25.

                Chipola’s women scored a big 75-37 win over Southern Union on Nov. 27. Akhator led Chipola with 19 points and 21 rebounds. Sueterrica Key had 16 points. Rosemarie Julien had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Kendra Martin added 10 points. 

                The Lady Indians trounced Walters State 70-39 on Nov. 26. Key paced Chipola with 25 points. Akhator had 17 points and 13 rebounds. Jayla Hobza had 11 points.

                Chipola scored a 64-47 win over College of Central Florida on Nov. 25. Hobza led with 18 points. Key had 15 points. Akhator scored 11 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.

                Head coach Greg Franklin is in his third year leading the Lady Indians who are are coming off the most successful season in school history with a 34-2 record, a third place finish in the national tournament and a state championship. The 2013-14 team also ran the table in the conference season finishing (12-0) to take the league title.

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