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A Chipola Workforce Development student wearing a welding mask, sends sparks flying while using a grinder on a metal pipe.

Fall classes at Chipola College began Aug. 24, but there is still time to enroll in many of the college’s Workforce Education programs. Several programs start new classes throughout the year, and others offer self-paced learning.

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 ever-changing, high-tech training environment. The program 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’s Cosmetology program has an excellent record of preparing stylists for excellent careers in the salon industry. Chipola is a Pivot-Point Member School helping stylists think, create and adapt as a designer, not just duplicate hairstyles. Students will learn the art of skin care and nail care as well as business knowledge in communications, public relations, sales promotions and salon structures and operations.  

Building Construction Technology prepares students for employment or advanced training in the construction industry. The 1,050 clock-hour program covers electrical, plumbing, heating/ventilation/air-conditioning, masonry, carpentry, cabinets, and the use of hand tools and power tools. Students will work with math and construction drawings of floor systems, walls, ceilings and roofing. Students are exposed to all the steps in a building project to allow them to make choices about which trade they most enjoy. Entrepreneurship skills are also offered for students who want to start their own business. Students can move into the workforce or continue their education in Chipola’s Two-Year AS Degree in Civil Engineering Technology.

The Advanced Manufacturing and Production Technology program is designed for people who are good with their hands and who love technology. The program prepares students for employment or advanced training in a manufacturing career. This 600 clock hour program includes an overview of Computer Aided Design (CAD), project management, CNC machines, computer controls, robotics, AC/DC electrical controls, Programmable Logic Controls, hydraulics, pneumatics, welding, machines, instrumentation, industry processes as well as the fundamentals of industrial maintenance. Students will be introduced to all aspects of the manufacturing industry and eligible for high-demand jobs in automation, engineering, and robotics. Students also may continue their education in Chipola’s Two-Year AS Degree in Engineering Technology. The Advanced Welding course is 750 hours. Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program is made possible through a grant awarded to the Alabama/Florida Technical Employment Network (AF-TEN) that supports training for advanced manufacturing jobs. Chipola utilizes state-of-the-art welding equipment, hybrid learning, mobile welding units, simulation technologies and open education resources to expand learning opportunities, especially in rural areas. For information about Welding, call 850-718-2270.

Civil Engineering Technology is an AS Degree offering a combination of foundational concepts coupled with hands-on field training. The program offers a multi-craft approach including AutoCAD, Surveying, Materials & Methods of Construction, GIS/GPS Applications, Hydrology, and an understanding of road, bridge, and structure related developments. Training can lead to jobs in an engineering related career in design, engineering services, surveying, contracting, materials, or testing.  Students gain baseline knowledge to go to work in several different segments to become a true construction professional.

Engineering Technology is an AS degree offering Gold Collar credentials, because you are worth your weight in gold if the process/system shuts down, such as hydraulics, pneumatics, PLC’s and motors. A basic Millwright profile of expertise, this Engineering Tech degree covers industrial/plant maintenance training, as well as skill building aimed at advanced manufacturing and operations. Graduates can go to work with any of the local plants, and be fit for consideration with a sophisticated durable goods manufacturer such as automotive or heavy equipment. 

The Law Enforcement Academy provides Basic Recruit Training is for individuals seeking a career in the field of Law Enforcement as well as Advanced, Specialized, and Career Development Training for active duty Law Enforcement Officers. Basic Recruit students will receive training in the classroom and hand-on training in areas such as Legal Issues, Crime Scene Investigations, Traffic Stops, Vehicle Operations, First Aid, Defensive Tactics, and Firearms. Staff and instructors are committed to providing professional training and educational services, in a controlled environment, that will enhance the student’s knowledge, skills, and abilities, preparing them for the challenges ahead.

The Correctional Officer Academy offers a state-of-the-art facility with instructors to train Certified Correctional Officers. The program meets weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for 2 ½ months. An initial investment of $1,600 prepares graduates for a $30,000 a year career. Courses of study consist of 9 general classes and 3 high liability classes that make up the 420 clock hours. Classes offer basic principles needed to become a professional in the field. High liability classes are made up of defensive tactics, first aid and firearms that take place on the mat and on the range. Graduates are certified to work with the State of Florida Department of Corrections, county jails or any of the private prisons throughout the state.

Chipola is one of the premier firefighting academies in the state and has been recognized by the Florida State Fire College and the Florida Fire Training Directors Association as a Training Center of the Year. For the new recruit, Chipola offers a 4.5-month day class that combines both Firefighter 1 and 2. Certified volunteer firefighters may join existing classes to obtain a certificate of compliance as a Firefighter 2.

Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce Education, says, “We offer excellent programs that help put people to work in as little as a few weeks. All programs have excellent placement rates in good-paying jobs.”  

For information about Chipola Workforce Education programs, visit chipolaworkforce.com or contact Gilmore at gilmored@chipola.edu or 850-718-2270.