July 9, 2012

CHIPOLA CENTER FOR THE ARTS RIBBON-CUTTING IS JULY 17

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College officials will mark the opening on the new Chipola Center for the Arts with a Ribbon-Cutting ceremony Tuesday, July 17, at 4 p.m.

                Members of the Chipola District Board of Trustees will cut the ribbon outside promptly at 4 p.m. Guests will move inside for a brief program, refreshments and tours of the new $16 million facility.

                The Center for the Arts is located on the north end of campus on Prough Drive just off of River Forest Road. The 56,000 square foot building features a main theater with a balcony and seating for 655 patrons. The most intriguing feature of the new complex is the black box, experimental theater designed for audiences of 100. The center also includes an art gallery, dance studio, reception area, professional dressing rooms, scene and costume shops. The main theater is equipped with state-of-the-art systems for sound, rigging and lighting to handle professional shows of all types.

                Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, said, “The new Center for the Arts is the largest building project in the history of the college. This will be a showplace for the performing arts for our students and the community.”

                The new Center for the Arts will replace the current 350-seat theater which was built in 1958. The old theater was short on space and even shorter on restroom facilities.

                The Chipola Fine and Performing Arts Department provides programming for an estimated 10,000 visitors per year. In addition to three annual college theater productions, the college also is home to four annual artist series events and special performances for thousands of area school children.

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July 12, 2012

WANDA HENDERSON SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO CHIPOLA STUDENT

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College student Rebecca Hart has been named the first recipient of the Wanda B. Henderson Memorial Education Scholarship. Hart is a senior in Chipola’s Elementary Education program.

                The family of the late Wanda Henderson established the scholarship in her memory after her passing in 2011.  Henderson was employed for a number of years with the Jackson County School Board and retired as the Graceville High School Guidance Counselor. Her fellow counselors from across Jackson County made significant contributions to the scholarship fund.

                Henderson was the wife of the Rev. Riley J. Henderson, pastor of the Saint Luke Baptist Church in Marianna. The Hendersons had four children: Leticia, Francesca, Fodina and Julius; a granddaughter, Xaviera Henderson and a grandson, RyJuan Awak.

                The Henderson Scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior education major at Chipola in the Fall of each year. Applicants must be residents of Jackson County and maintain a 2.5 GPA each semester.

                Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Wanda Henderson may send a check to the Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL 32446. For information, phone 850-718-2478.

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HART AWARDED HENDERSON SCHOLARSHIP—Chipola College student Rebecca Hart has been named the first recipient of the Wanda B. Henderson Memorial Education Scholarship. Hart is a senior in Chipola’s Elementary Education program.  Pictured from left, are: Shirl Williams, Jackson County School Board Director of Student Services; Rev. Riley Henderson, Wanda’s husband; scholarship recipient Rebecca Hart; and Wanda’s daughters Leticia Henderson Baker and Francesca Henderson.

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July 12, 2012

CHIPOLA OFFERS HELP FOR UNEMPLOYED AND UNDEREMPLOYED

 

                MARIANNA - The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded a $3.9 million grant to Chipola College and the University of West Florida to provide education, training and job placement assistance to meet the demand for high-skill workers in Northwest Florida.

                The project, Florida Hire Ed, allows Chipola College to enhance or increase the employment prospects for low-income or under-employed individuals in Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Liberty and Calhoun counties.  Funds will not pay for tuition; however, funds will support additional services for participants, such as textbooks, online course access and industry exams. 

                Chipola College and UWF will enhance or add training in the fields of information technology and healthcare.  Participants will earn industry certificates that represent portable skills recognized by employers nation-wide.

                Programs at Chipola College and Washington-Holmes Technical Center included in this project will prepare information technology students to take industry certification exams in CompTIA A+, CompTIA Security +, Windows 7 (level 1), Server 2008, CompTIA Network +, and Ethical Hacking (level 2). Health sciences programs included in the project are Certified Nurse Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, and Bridge-to-ADN students.

                Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, said, “This project comes at the perfect time for the college and the local economy. This grant will allow us to provide the necessary training that will enable our citizens to fill these positions. We look forward to working with UWF, the Washington-Holmes Technical Center and the Chipola Regional Workforce Board as partners in training more students for high-skill, high-wage jobs in technology and health care.”

                As further specifics of the proposal are finalized, more details will be made available about the new training and certification that will be offered at both Chipola and UWF.  As a first step, prospective students may visit the website http://uwf.edu/floridahireed/ and complete the “participant application form” to determine their eligibility for assistance. 

                For information on this and other programs served by the One Stop Center systems, call 850-718-0326 or 850-638-6089.

                The contact person at Chipola College is Vicki Mathis at 850-718-2289. The Washington-Holmes contact is Stephanie Halley at 850-638-1190. 

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CHIPOLA OFFERS HELP FOR UNEMPLOYED AND UNDEREMPLOYED—Chipola College student Hannah Parrish works on a computer in the Student Center. The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded a $3.9 million grant to Chipola and the University of West Florida to meet the demand for high-skill workers in the fields of information technology and healthcare.  Project Florida Hire Ed is designed to enhance employment prospects for low-income or under-employed individuals. The contact person at Chipola is Vicki Mathis at 850-718-2289. The Washington-Holmes contact is Stephanie Halley at 850-638-1190. 

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July 12, 2012

CHIPOLA CENTER FOR THE ARTS RIBBON-CUTTING IS JULY 17

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College officials will mark the opening on the new Chipola Center for the Arts with a Ribbon-Cutting ceremony Tuesday, July 17, at 4 p.m.

                Members of the Chipola District Board of Trustees will cut the ribbon outside promptly at 4 p.m. Guests will move inside for a brief program, refreshments and tours of the new $16 million facility.

                The Center for the Arts is located on the north end of campus on Prough Drive just off of River Forest Road. The 56,000 square foot building features a main theater with a balcony and seating for 655 patrons. The most intriguing feature of the new complex is the black box, experimental theater designed for audiences of 100. The center also includes an art gallery, dance studio, reception area, professional dressing rooms, scene and costume shops. The main theater is equipped with state-of-the-art systems for sound, rigging and lighting to handle professional shows of all types.

                Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, said, “The new Center for the Arts is the largest building project in the history of the college. This will be a showplace for the performing arts for our students and the community.”

                The new Center for the Arts will replace the current 350-seat theater which was built in 1958. The old theater was short on space and even shorter on restroom facilities.

                The Chipola Fine and Performing Arts Department provides programming for an estimated 10,000 visitors per year. In addition to three annual college theater productions, the college also is home to four annual artist series events and special performances for thousands of area school children.

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July 12, 2012

CHIPOLA TO HOLD PITCHING AND HITTING CAMPS FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola Baseball coach Jeff Johnson will hold two camps for High School players beginning July 30. All players entering grades 9 through 12 are invited to participate.

                A Hitting Camp is set for Monday and Tuesday, July 30-31, from 9 a.m. to noon.  A Pitching Camp is set for Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 1-2, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost of each camp is $100.

                For information, contact assistant coach Chris Hutcheson at 850-718-2332 or head coach Jeff Johnson at 850-718-2237, or visit www.chipola.edu

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July 12, 2012

CHIPOLA CENTER FOR THE ARTS OPENING TO FEATURE TONY YAZBECK

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Center for the Arts will open Sept. 20 with A Grand Night featuring Broadway star Tony Yazbeck and two-time Emmy-winning actress Sally Struthers.

                Chipola theater director Charles Sirmon, says, “Don’t miss this historic event which also includes an after party with live music and heavy hors d'oeuvres.” Dress is semi-formal.

                General admission tickets—$50—are available at the Chipola Center for the Arts, The Marianna Fitness Center and the Gazebo Café. Call 850-718-2220 for credit card orders, or contact sirmonc@chipola.edu

                Tony Yazbeck has played the role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of “Chicago.” Other Broadway credits include: “White Christmas” (Phil Davis), “Gypsy” (Tulsa), “A Chorus Line” (Al), “Never Gonna Dance,” “Oklahoma” and “Gypsy” with Tyne Daly.

                Tony has performed at Carnegie Hall and many of the fine nightclub and concert venues in New York City. On Television, Tony has been featured on “As The World Turns,” “All My Children,” and in the first season of the new NBC hit series “Smash” about the creation of a Broadway musical. His Film and TV credits include “Every Little Step” (feature documentary) and “All My Children” and “As the World Turns.”

                Born in Riverside, California, as a boy he was captivated by the golden age of movie musicals, especially the films of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. At age 4, inspired by these masters, young Tony was convinced that he could emulate his idols and he started dancing. This training continued, and after relocating with his family to Pennsylvania, Tony auditioned for the Tyne Daly revival of “Gypsy” and was cast on the spot as a Newsboy and debuted on Broadway at the age of 11. Tony spent two years with “Gypsy”, first at the St. James Theatre and then the Marquis Theatre. Tony learned from the best, soaked up the feeling of the Broadway community and cemented his love for performing. After “Gypsy,” Tony expanded his studies to encompass a broad spectrum of performing disciplines, attending performing arts high school and later, studying at Point Park University and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).

                Tony moved to New York City in 2000, and was cast in the national Tour of “Annie Get Your Gun”starring Marilu Henner. Beginning in 2001 when he settled back in NYC Tony began to amass an impressive list of credits on Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours and regional theatres. Tony’s Broadway and tour credits in this new chapter of his career include the Trevor Nunn/Susan Stroman revival of “Oklahoma,” “Never Gonna Dance” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

                After laying this groundwork, Tony made the decision to focus on principal and leading roles and before long was rewarded by landing the role of Al in the original revival cast of “A Chorus Line.” As a result of his involvement with “A Chorus Line,” Tony is featured in the documentary film “Every Little Step” which recounts the story of this landmark musical interwoven with the casting of the revival company. Next, Tony played Tulsa in the critically lauded production of “Gypsy” starring Patti LuPone. Tony’s performance of Tulsa generated many accolades and garnered him an Outer Critics Circle award nomination. Moving forward, Tony has maintained a presence as a leading man in New York with starring roles on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” (Phil Davis) and “Chicago” (Billy Flynn) along with rave reviews for his portrayal of Gabey in “On the Town.”

                Call 850-718-2220 for credit card orders, or contact sirmonc@chipola.edu

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July 17, 2012

CHIPOLA CENTER FOR THE ARTS RIBBON-CUTTING IS JULY 17

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College officials will mark the opening on the new Chipola Center for the Arts with a Ribbon-Cutting ceremony Tuesday, July 17, at 4 p.m.

Members of the Chipola District Board of Trustees will cut the ribbon outside promptly at 4 p.m. Guests will move inside for a brief program, refreshments and tours of the new $16 million facility.

 The Center for the Arts is located on the north end of campus on Prough Drive just off of River Forest Road. The 56,000 square foot building features a main theater with a balcony and seating for 655 patrons. The most intriguing feature of the new complex is the black box, experimental theater designed for audiences of 100. The center also includes an art gallery, dance studio, reception area, professional dressing rooms, scene and costume shops. The main theater is equipped with state-of-the-art systems for sound, rigging and lighting to handle professional shows of all types.

Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, said, “The new Center for the Arts is the largest building project in the history of the college. This will be a showplace for the performing arts for our students and the community.”

The new Center for the Arts will replace the current 350-seat theater which was built in 1958. The old theater was short on space and even shorter on restroom facilities.

The Chipola Fine and Performing Arts Department provides programming for an estimated 10,000 visitors per year. In addition to three annual college theater productions, the college also is home to four annual artist series events and special performances for thousands of area school children.

 

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July 17, 2012

CHIPOLA OPENS NEW CENTER FOR THE ARTS

 

                MARIANNA—More than 300 people celebrated the opening of the new Chipola College Center for the Arts with a Ribbon-Cutting ceremony Tuesday, July 17.

                Members of the Chipola District Board of Trustees cut the ribbon followed by a brief program and tours of the new $16 million facility.

                 The Center for the Arts is located on the north end of campus on Prough Drive off of River Forest Road.  The 56,000 square foot Center features a main theater with a balcony and seating for 655 patrons. The most intriguing feature of the new complex is the black box, experimental theater designed for audiences of 100. The center also includes an art gallery, dance studio, reception area, dressing rooms, teaching spaces, a scene shop and costume shop. The main theater is equipped with state-of-the-art systems for rigging, sound, lighting and set construction to handle professional shows of all types.

                Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, said, “The new Center for the Arts is the largest building project in the history of the college. This will be a showplace for the performing arts for our students and the community.” Dr. Prough announced that a section in the theater will be named the David Coley Box in memory of the State Representative who first secured funding for the project. A plaque was presented to David’s wife, Rep. Marti Coley. 

                College board of trustees chair Jan Page also announced that a section in the theater will be designated as the President’s Box in honor of college president Dr. Gene Prough’s efforts to see the project through to fruition.

                A Grand Opening Gala featuring Sally Struthers and Broadway star Tony Yazbeck is set for Sept. 20 in the new center. The semi-formal event includes an after party with live music and heavy hors d'oeuvres.” Tickets—$50—are available at the Center for the Arts, the Fitness Center and the Gazebo Café. Call 850-718-2220 for credit card orders, or contact sirmonc@chipola.edu

                The 2012-13 Chipola Artist Series opens Sept. 27 in the Center with nationally-recognized male a cappella group, Street Corner Symphony, a finalist in NBC's The Sing Off.

                Local arts fans are invited to support the new Center through the Applause! fundraising campaign. Funds will support programming and educational opportunities for Chipola students and K-12 schoolchildren, as well as facility enhancements. The campaign features the “Be Seated” program for naming seats in the theater. The “Be a Star” program offers Gold, Silver and Bronze Stars in the lobby. The “Legacy” initiative offers opportunities for individuals or organizations to have part of the Center named for a person or group.

                The new Center for the Arts will replace the current 350-seat theater which was built in 1958. The old theater was short on space and even shorter on restroom facilities. Set construction was performed outside weather-permitting. Insufficient dressing room space and the absence of a costume shop were just some of the challenges faced in the old theater.

                The Chipola Fine and Performing Arts Department provides programming for an estimated 10,000 visitors per year. In addition to three annual college theater productions, the college also is home to four annual artist series events and other performances for thousands of area school children.

                The construction firm of Allstate/Southland Contracting of Tallahassee was the Design/Build Team for the Center for the Arts. Other professional firms contracted for the Center include: Architect: DAG Architects Inc.; Theatrical Consultant: Robert Lorelli Associates, Inc.; Acoustical Consultant: Siebein Associates, Inc.; Electrical Engineer: Humber Garick Consulting Engineers; Mechanical Plumbing & Fire Protection: H2 Engineering, Inc.; Civil Engineer/Landscaping: David H. Melvin, Inc.; and Structural Engineer: Greenhorne & O'Mara.

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July 17, 2012

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COLEY AND PRESIDENT’S BOXES NAMED— More than 300 people celebrated the opening of the new Chipola Center for the Arts with a Ribbon-Cutting ceremony on July 17. Pictured from left, are: Rep. Marti Coley, Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and Chipola board chair Jan Page. A section in the theater will be named the David Coley Box in memory of the late State Representative who first secured funding for the project. Another section will be designated the President’s Box in honor of college president Dr. Gene Prough’s efforts to see the project through to fruition.

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July 17, 2012

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES SEASON LINEUP ANNOUNCED

 

                Marianna—“With the opening of the new Chipola Center for the Arts, this year’s Artist Series is going to knock your socks off,” says Dr. Daniel Powell, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts at the college. 

                This year's season opens Sept. 27 with nationally-recognized male a cappella group, Street Corner Symphony. The group was a finalist in NBC's “The Sing Off.”

                Illusionist Sammy Cortino will present a Las Vegas style magic show Jan. 17, 2013. The Davis and Dow jazz quartet featuring a vocalist and requests from the audience is Feb. 7, 2013. The popular bluegrass/country group, Three on a String featuring Bobby Horton is April 11, 2013.

                Season tickets for all four events are $48. Season ticket holders get a VIP pass to Meet the Artist receptions and early renewal privileges for the following season to get the best seat in the house.

                Individual event tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for 18 and under, and $5 for Chipola students/faculty/and staff.  The deeply-discounted $5 tickets are only available at the box office 30 minutes before the show starts with a valid photo ID and pending availability.  The college is using a new professional ticketing system for online ticket purchasing. Tickets will also be available in the Center for the Arts Box Office with hours established closer to the performance.

                Season tickets go on sale to the general public Aug. 27.  The college is offering two sneak peak ticket events on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  At these events, patrons will have the opportunity to see the inside of the new Center for the Arts and purchase season tickets. 

                Those wishing to take the tour may RSVP to Anita Price at (850)718-2277 or e-mail pricea@chipola.edu.

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July 17, 2012

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CALHOUN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD GETS GOLD STAR—The Calhoun County School Board recently donated $2,500 to purchase a Gold Star in the Chipola College Center for the Arts Applause! campaign. Pictured from left, are: Tim Smith, Calhoun County Board Chair; Danny Ryals, Calhoun County School Board member; Julie Fuqua, Chipola Foundation Director and Wilson T. McClellan, Calhoun County Superintendent.

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July 26, 2012

CHIPOLA COLLEGE FALL APPLICATION DEADLINES

 

                MARIANNA—Students planning to enroll in Chipola College during the Fall semester are encouraged to make application by the Fall application deadline of Aug. 2. 

                Students planning to use financial aid to pay tuition for Fall 2012, must have financial aid files complete by Aug. 1. Registration for returning students is Aug. 15. New and returning student registration is Aug. 16 and 17. Classes begin Aug. 20.

                Federal and local financial aid is available. Students should apply for federal financial aid on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Call 850-718-2293 for assistance. Students also are encouraged to apply for scholarships through the Chipola Foundation. Call 850-718-2445 for assistance and deadline information.

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

                New students who have completed testing, submitted all required documents and been cleared for admission, will be mailed a postcard of acceptance to the college. New students also will receive a letter with an advising appointment date and time. Students should report to Room 156 in the Student Services Building and sign in to see an academic advisor. The schedule of classes is available online at www.chipola.edu

                Chipola offers the Bachelor of Science Degree, the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs. Bachelor’s Degrees in Education include majors in Middle and High School Math or Science, English Education, Exceptional Student Education and Elementary Education. A Business Administration degree is available with concentrations in Management or Accounting. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree also is offered.  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 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, Cross-Over Law Enforcement to Corrections, Firefighter II, Law Enforcement Officer, Correctional Officer, Cosmetology, Cross-Over Corrections to Law Enforcement and Patient Care Assistant.

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

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

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

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CHIPOLA COLLEGE FALL APPLICATION DEADLINES— Here, Chipola students study in the ACE lab. Students planning to enroll in Chipola College during the Fall semester are encouraged to make application by the Fall application deadline of Aug. 2.  Financial Aid application deadline is Aug. 1. Registration for returning students is Aug. 15. New and returning student registration is Aug. 16 and 17. Classes begin Aug. 20.

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July 26, 2012

ALTRUSA DONATES $2,500 TO CHIPOLA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

 

                MARIANNA—Altrusa International of Marianna recently donated $2,500 to the Chipola Center for the Arts Applause! campaign.

                A gold star designating the gift will be displayed on the wall of stars in the main lobby of the new Center for the Arts.

                Altrusa also sponsors Chipola scholarships for female students from the Jackson County area.  In addition to the support for Chipola, Altrusa sponsors community projects that include providing school supplies for elementary students, Coats for Kids during the winter, and helping with the annual Christmas fund. 

                The Club’s most recent project was the purchase of the Splash Pad at the Madison Street Park.  Funds for Altrusa’s community projects are raised through the Club’s annual yard sales and golf tournament. 

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ALTRUSA DONATES $2,500 TO CHIPOLA CENTER FOR THE ARTS—Altrusa International of Marianna recently donated $2,500 to the Chipola Center for the Arts Applause! campaign. Pictured from left, are: Carolyn Glass, Altrusa president 2012-13; Gina Stuart, Altrusa past president and Chipola board member; Dr. Daniel Powell, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts at Chipola; and Powell’s wife Christine Yoshikawa-Powell.  

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July 26, 2012

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CHIPOLA NURSING GRADUATES—Twenty-nine students recently completed the Associate Degree Nursing program at Chipola College. Graduates are now qualified to take the state certification examination to become Registered Nurses. Pictured from left, are: (seated) Carla Foster, Kathryn Boyce, Ashley Barrentine, Whitney Wilson, Taylor Shelton, Jenna Hatcher, Jerri Lynn Stone, Emily Cain, Victoria Levine, Whitney Ellenburg, (standing) Jerry Nelson, Katherine Cunningham, Ashley Kennett, Tiffany Thompson, Shelita Grant, Wendy Motley, Hannah Turner, Tina Belser, Meagan Kornegay, Catherine Moses, Kimberly Huett, Brandy Scott, Judith Monpas, Michael Roberts, Dennis Foster, Justin Kulkusky, Logan Bradley, Corey Bailes and Whitney Halley.

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July 26, 2012

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BRADLEY IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Karen Bradley is Chipola College’s Career Employee for June. Bradley serves as a Testing Assistant in Student Affairs in the Testing Office and has worked at the college since 2010.  Here, Bradley is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough. 

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