June 6, 2013   

CHIPOLA INSTRUCTORS TO STAR IN ADVANCE AUTO PARTS VIDEO SERIES

 

          MARIANNA—Chipola College Automotive instructors John Gardner and Chase Vlieg have been contracted by Advance Auto Parts corporate headquarters to develop a training system which includes writing, scripting and hosting 25 videos that Advance will use nationally as their team member training series.

          Advance executives and a video production team will be on the Chipola campus Thursday, June 6, at 1 p.m., for a press conference and check presentation. Advance officials are expected to present a check to the college for $5,000 to help Chipola automotive students in need of funding to take their Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) examinations. Advance has also pledged thousands of dollars in tools and equipment for the college’s automotive program.

          Chipola instructors Gardner and Vlieg recently travelled to Advance Auto Parts headquarters in Roanoke, Virginia, to discuss the project which has a scheduled completion date of February 2014. Gardner says, “We look forward to creating a successful training series, empowering parts specialists with the knowledge they need to be successful in the automotive parts industry. Our students will be able to use this training system and our program will benefit from the acquisition of tools, equipment and parts that Advance is providing. Our program, college and community will all benefit from this cooperate partnership.”

          Bryan Gregory, Director of Training and Team Member Engagement for Advance Auto Parts, says, “Chipola’s instructors John and Chase will be the faces for our team member training. This video series will be used by thousands of employees to help them understand automotive concepts to better serve our customers.”

          Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc., is a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items for both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. The company operates over 3,900 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands and employs over 55,000 Team Members.

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ADVANCE HELPS CHIPOLA—Chipola College Automotive instructors John Gardner and Chase Vlieg have been contracted by Advance Auto Parts corporate headquarters to develop a training system Advance will use nationally as their team member training series. Advance officials presented a check to the college for $5,000 to help automotive students in need of funding to take their ASE examinations. Pictured from left, are: Chipola Automotive instructors Chase Vlieg, John Gardner, Bryan Gregory, Advance Director of Team Member Knowledge & Engagement, Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, Marianna Advance Auto Parts Commercial Parts Pro Cynthia “Rabbit” Labit and Chipola Vice President of Finance Steve Young.

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June 6, 2013   

ASHMORE AND MILTON WIN KIRKLAND AWARD AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College faculty members Joy Ree (Georgia) Ashmore and Vikki Milton have been nominated by their colleagues as co-recipients of the Kirkland Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

                The Kirkland Award was established by brothers, J.R. Kirkland and David Kirkland, in honor of their parents, Carolyn and the late Willis Kirkland of Marianna. The award provides $1,000 to the annual recipient.

                Ashmore has served as an Assistant Professor in Mathematics since 2005. She also serves as faculty adviser to the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics honor society.

                Ashmore serves on several college committees including: Learning Management Systems; Curriculum and Courses of Study; Institutional Planning and Accountability; Instructional Resources Committee and AFC Professional Development. She was selected to serve on the committee that developed curriculum for a First Year Learning Experience course for new students.

                Her colleague JoAnn Everett says, “Joy Ree has a unique ability to assess the learning needs of her students.  She prepares materials that make it easier for students to assimilate and retain concepts.   Her student evaluations reflect the appreciation that students have for her class presentations.”

                Ashmore plays a major role in the annual Mathematics Olympiad for high school students by coordinating the Algebra II ciphering competition.  She serves as the liaison between the college and mathematics dual enrollment teachers.  She has actively participated in the Association of Florida Colleges chapter serving as Professional Development Committee Co-Chair. In this role, she organized the Leadership 360 Seminar series for college employees.  She supports the college’s Fine Arts program and is a member of the Applauding Chipola Theatre Fund.  She also is a volunteer statistician for the college Brain Bowl team. 

                Ashmore is a previous winner of the Chipola Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month award.  She and her husband Steve have one child. The family is active in the Altha United Methodist Church.

                Professor Vikki Milton has served 20 years at the college teaching various courses in the Business and Technology Department. In addition to teaching, Milton also serves as faculty adviser to the Chipola chapter of Phi Beta Lambda business association. The chapter has won numerous state and national awards. In this role, Milton also has been elected as the District I State Adviser and serves on the Florida PBL Executive Board.  Milton also served for several years as sponsor of the Chipola Cheerleader squad.

      Milton has served on the following college committees: Governance Council, Marketing and Recruitment, Budget Review and Development, Computing and Telecommunications, Website Development, Staff and Program Development, and Alumni/ Homecoming. She also served on the Business/Technology Building Renovation Committee. She is an active member of both the Council of Chipola Educators and the Association of Florida Colleges.

                She is chair of the college’s Learning Management System (LMS) Task Force which is evaluating currently available LMS's to support Chipola's transition moving toward a more integrated learning environment for students.

                Milton’s colleague Nancy Burns says, “Many students who have entered careers or gone on to universities come back to tell her of their success and how well Mrs. Milton prepared them.” Two members of Chipola’s Information Technology staff—Matt White and Kelly Lanier—are Milton’s former students.

                Milton and her husband Johnny have two children. The family is active in the First Presbyterian Church of Marianna.

                Previous winners of the Kirkland Ward include current faculty Dr. Gina McAllister, Robert Ivey, Lee Shook, JoAnn Everett, Nancy Burns, Dr. Lou Cleveland, Dr. Rose Cavin, Dr. David Hilton, John Gardner, Stan Young and Geraldine DeFelix; faculty emeriti Mary McClendon, Dr. Stephen Shimmel, Kathryn Roberts, Brenda Alford, Paul Huang, Peggy Register, Charlene Lord, Lonnie Keene, the late Donald Holley, the late Dr. Bill Brievogel, the late Don Adams, and former faculty Dr. Cherry Ward, Jean Taylor and Dr. Robert Dunkle.

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ASHMORE AND MILTON WIN KIRKLAND AWARD AT CHIPOLA—Chipola College faculty members Joy Ree (Georgia) Ashmore (right) and Vikki Milton (left) have been nominated by their colleagues as co-recipients of the Kirkland Award for Excellence in Teaching.  They are pictured here with Dr. Jason Hurst, Executive Vice President.

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June 6, 2013   

CHIPOLA COLLEGE SUMMER II REGISTRATION IS JUNE 20

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College registration for Summer Session II classes is Thursday, June 20, from 8 to 5 p.m.

            Classes begin Monday, June 24, with late registration continuing through noon on June 25. The schedule of classes is available online at www.chipola.edu

           Application for deadline for the Fall 2013 semester is Aug. 1. Early Fall registration for current students is June 10-13.

            There are several steps in 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 Chipola College Admission and Records Office; and (3) take the College Placement Test; call 718-2284 for assistance. 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. For information, call 718-2211.

 

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CHIPOLA THEATRE AWARDS—Chipola College director of theatre Charles Sirmon students recently recognized outstanding theatre students at the 14th annual banquet. Pictured from left, are: (front) Josh Emanuel-Technical Excellence, Gracie Wallace-Best Ensemble Actress, Odra Chapman-Best Actress, Trey McKay-Best Actor, Colton Day-Best Supporting Actor/Best Male Newcomer, Dylan Bass-Best Character Actor, (back) Connie Smith – Director of Technical Theatre, Aaron Black-Backstage Excellence, Nick Cessna-Best Ensemble Actor, Charles Sirmon-Director of Theatre, Patria Clark-best Female Newcomer, Courtney Bass-Best Female Cameo, Chris Manasco-Theatre Choreographer. Not pictured are: Meredith Saunders-Best Supporting Actress, Meghan Basford-Best Character Actress, Seth Basford-Best Male Cameo and Brittney Holmes-Dance/Choreography. 

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June 6, 2013   

SUMMER CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer programs for children of all ages this summer.

                Kidz College for ages 6-12 is: Session 1, June 17-20, and Session 2, June 24-27.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with early drop-off available beginning at 7:30 a.m. Tuition is $75 per session and covers course materials and lunch in the Chipola cafeteria. Members of Chipola’s Future Educators Club will serve as instructors. Courses range from “All About the Ocean” and “Rocks You Can Eat” to “Writing Wizardry” and “Nifty Newspapers.” For information, contact Alicia Hatcher at 850-718-2405 or hatchera@chipola.edu

                Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson will offer three camps for ages 7-18. A Pitching Camp will meet June 10-11.  Cost is $100.   A Hitting Camp will meet June 12-13.  Cost is $100. A Skills Camp will meet June 17-18.  Cost is $100.  A Grand Slam Special rate for all three camps is $250. All baseball camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon. For information, contact Assistant Coach Chris Hutcheson at 850-718-2243. 

                Swimming lessons will be offered for all ages. Lessons are based on a combination of nationally-recognized methods. Lessons for ages four and up are scheduled on the following dates: Session 2: June 17-27, with a registration deadline of June 13. Session 3: July 15-25, with a registration deadline of July 11.  Classes are available at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions include eight 45 minute classes which meet Monday through Thursday for two weeks. Cost of regular swimming lessons is $55. Pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee.  For information, call 718-2473 or visit www.chipola.edu

                Chipola Softball Coach Belinda Hendrix will offer two Softball camps. A Hitting Camp for all ages will meet June 19.  Cost is $50.  A Skills Camp for all ages will meet June 17–18.  Cost is $100.  A Grand Slam Special for both camps is $135.  Both camps meet from 1 to 4 p.m.  For information, contact Coach Hendrix at 718-2358.

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June 13, 2013

CHIPOLA ACCEPTING BACHELOR’S DEGREE APPLICANTS FOR FALL

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College is now accepting applications for the college’s 10 bachelor’s degree programs for the Fall 2013 semester.  Application for deadline is Aug. 1.

Financial Aid Deadline for Fall is July 24. 

                Chipola offers B.S. degrees in Business Administration with majors in Accounting or Management with much of the curriculum offered online. A Bachelor of Science of Nursing (RN to BSN) degree is available with all upper division classes online.  Chipola’s nursing programs are in Candidacy Status with the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc., (NLNAC).

                The Chipola School of Education offers seven education degrees:  Elementary Education, English Education, Exceptional Student Education, Middle Grades Science Education (5-9), Biology Education (6-12), Middle Grades Mathematics Education and Mathematics Education 6-12).

                Chipola has affordable bachelor’s degree programs for students who have completed or are about to complete their two year degrees.   Tuition for Chipola’s Bachelor’s degree programs is $116 per semester hour or approximately $350 per three-hour course.   Chipola has financial aid opportunities through Pell Grant, Florida Minority Education Scholarships and the Chipola Foundation.

                Students from Alabama and Georgia who apply for admission to these programs will want to start making preparations to meet admission requirements now to be ready to register for classes in August.   

                High unemployment rates have not been a reality for the graduates of Chipola’s School of Education.  All 2012 graduates from Chipola’s Elementary Education, Science Education and Mathematics Education programs who sought positions were hired by August, 2012. This continues a hiring trend that has been consistent since Chipola graduated its first mathematics and science teacher candidates in 2005.  Seven years later, graduates still are needed to fill the continuing demand for highly qualified teachers.  

                Dr. Lou Cleveland, Dean of the Chipola School of Education, says, “Because of rigorous course requirements, Chipola teachers are classified as ‘highly qualified’ with many of them having both reading and ESOL endorsements upon graduation. Our curriculum provides teachers with a strong foundation which makes them valuable employees.”   

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

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CHIPOLA ACCEPTING BACHELOR’S DEGREE APPLICANTS FOR FALL—Chipola College graduate Tenisha Henderson, Character Education teacher at Golson Elementary School, reads to students Christina Pendleton and Camden Bruner. Chipola is now accepting applications for the college’s 10 bachelor’s degree programs for the Fall 2013 semester.  Application for deadline is Aug. 1. Financial Aid Deadline for Fall is July 24.  For information, visit www.chipola.edu or call 850-718-2211.

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June 13, 2013

CHIPOLA COLLEGE SUMMER II REGISTRATION IS JUNE 20

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College registration for Summer Session II classes is Thursday, June 20, from 8 to 5 p.m.

            Classes begin Monday, June 24, with late registration continuing through noon on June 25. The schedule of classes is available online at www.chipola.edu

            There are several steps in 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 Chipola College Admission and Records Office; and (3) take the College Placement Test; call 718-2284 for assistance. 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. For information, call 718-2211.

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June 13, 2013

STAR & SHIELD HERO SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA— Star & Shield Group of Tallahassee recently donated $2,800 to establish the Star & Shield Hero Scholarship Fund at Chipola College.

            The fund will be used to award $200 scholarships to a candidate in each class of the college’s Corrections, Law Enforcement and Fire-fighting academies.  Selection will be based on GPA, financial need and staff input.

            Chipola typically offers four Fire-fighting, six Law Enforcement and four Corrections academies annually. The award will be made at graduation.

         Star & Shield Group of Tallahassee provides insurance services to public safety professionals in Florida and is open to active, retired and volunteer members of the Law Enforcement, Corrections, Fire-Rescue, and EMS communities, as well as their children and spouses.

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STAR & SHIELD HERO SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED AT CHIPOLAStar & Shield Group of Tallahassee recently donated $2,800 to establish the Star & Shield Hero Scholarship Fund at Chipola College. Pictured from left, are: Steve Anderson, Chipola Director of Public Service; Martin Fowler, Chipola Fire Science Program Manager; Steven Stewart, Chipola Law Enforcement Program Manager; Kelley Olson, Star & Shield Marketing Associate; and Julie Fuqua, Director of the Chipola Foundation.

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CREDIT BUREAU SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED AT CHIPOLA—The Associated Credit Bureaus of Florida recently established a scholarship endowment at Chipola College with a contribution of $29,183. Here, Don Hughes of the Credit Bureau of Marianna, presents the check to Chipola Foundation Director Julie Fuqua. The scholarship will be awarded annually to an education major with the first award in August of 2014.

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June 13, 2013

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS OFFERED AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer programs for children of all ages this summer.

                Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson will offer a Skills Camp, June 17-18 for ages 7-18. Cost is $100. The camp meets from 9 a.m. to noon. For information, contact Assistant Coach Chris Hutcheson at 850-718-2243. 

                Chipola Softball Coach Belinda Hendrix will offer two Softball camps. A Hitting Camp for all ages will meet June 19.  Cost is $50.  A Skills Camp for all ages will meet June 17–18.  Cost is $100.  A Grand Slam Special for both camps is $135.  Both camps meet from 1 to 4 p.m.  For information, contact Coach Hendrix at 718-2358.

                Swimming lessons for ages four and up are scheduled on the following dates: Session 2: June 17-27, with a registration deadline of June 13. Session 3: July 15-25, with a registration deadline of July 11.  Classes are available at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions include eight 45 minute classes which meet Monday through Thursday for two weeks. Cost is $55. Pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee.  For information, call 718-2473 or visit www.chipola.edu

                Session 2 of Chipola Kidz College for ages 6-12 is June 24-27.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with early drop-off available beginning at 7:30 a.m. Tuition is $75 per session and covers course materials and lunch in the Chipola cafeteria. Members of Chipola’s Future Educators Club will serve as instructors. Courses range from “All About the Ocean” and “Rocks You Can Eat” to “Writing Wizardry” and “Nifty Newspapers.” For information, contact Alicia Hatcher at 850-718-2405 or hatchera@chipola.edu

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June 20, 2013

TRAMMELL IS CHIPOLA COLLEGE ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

 

                MARIANNA—Some people have accused Robert Trammell of waking up in the morning thinking about Chipola College – and going to bed at night with those same thoughts on his mind.  Judging from the long list of contributions he has made to his alma mater, that indeed may be true.

                For his service to the college, Trammell has been named the Chipola Alumnus of the Year for 2013. The 1966 Chipola graduate also has been nominated in the Hometown Hero category of the LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Awards program sponsored by the Association of Florida Colleges.

                While serving as a Representative in the Florida House from 1987-1996, Trammell was a champion for community colleges.  Trammell said, “As a community college graduate, I brought a unique perspective to the legislature. I recognized the tremendous role that community colleges play in higher education.”

                For his leadership, Florida’s Community Colleges formally recognized his contributions on their behalf.  He was particularly attuned to the needs of Chipola College in rural Northwest Florida, taking the lead in securing $4.5 million for a Public Service Building, $3 million for a Literature/Language building and $500,000 for a Natural Science Building lab wing.  He also spearheaded appropriations for renovating the old Chipola field house into a regional arts center, purchasing adjacent homes for campus expansion and other projects.

                Following his tenure in the legislature, for 13 years Trammell served Chipola as Special Assistant for Development and Alumni Affairs.  In this role, he organized many successful fundraising events – including those honoring the memory of prominent Chipola alumni through the creation of endowed scholarships in the names of Rep. Sam Mitchell, Rep. David Coley, Chipola coach Milton Johnson, Gadsden County Sheriff W. A. Woodham and Attorney John Ratzlaff.

                A former Chipola basketball player, since his 1966 graduation Trammell arguably has been the college’s number-one cheerleader and athletics ambassador.  He has served multiple terms as president of the Chipola Appreciation Club, taking the lead in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to help the college’s basketball, baseball and softball teams travel to and compete in state and national tournaments.    He helped found Chipola’s Wild Game Dinner which featured high-profile guest speakers Bobby Bowden, Heisman Trophy-winner Charlie Ward and late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. The Chipola Quail Calcutta is held annually at his farm.  These events have funded an athletic endowment that exceeds $1 million.

                As a teacher, college basketball coach, lawyer and legislator, he has influenced many young people to attend Chipola.  By establishing and funding scholarships – and by personally assisting students in need – he has enabled many young people to receive college educations.

                Among his recent endeavors was raising $50,000 for a life-size bronze statue of legendary Chipola coach Milton H. Johnson which stands at the entrance to the gymnasium.  Trammell notes that Johnson’s commitment to excellence epitomizes Chipola’s indomitable spirit of success. 

                Trammell is quick to credit the scores of Chipola alumni and friends who have answered his calls for support – whether early in the morning or late at night.  “By working together,” he said, “we’ve been able to accomplish a lot.  When all is said and done, there is no greater cause.”

                Chipola President Dr. Gene Prough, says, “Robert has a passion for Chipola.  His vision for this institution is unmatched.  No one works harder to make sure Chipola’s strong traditions of excellence continue.”

                Among Trammell’s fondest memories of his time at Chipola, was the day he met his wife Kay in a Chipola Humanities class. Their two children, Meredith and Doug, also attended Chipola. The Trammells also have three grand-children.

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TRAMMELL IS CHIPOLA ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR—Robert Trammell has been named the Chipola Alumnus of the Year for 2013. Trammell has a long record of service to the college for his fund-raising efforts for athletics and scholarships. Among his recent endeavors was raising money for a life-size bronze statue of legendary Chipola coach Milton H. Johnson which stands at the entrance to the gymnasium.  Trammell is pictured here speaking at the unveiling ceremony.

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June 20, 2013

CHIPOLA SUMMER II CLASSES BEGIN

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College Summer Session II classes begin Monday, June 24, with late registration continuing through noon on Tuesday, June 25. The schedule of classes is available online at www.chipola.edu

            There are several steps in 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 Chipola College Admission and Records Office; and (3) take the College Placement Test; call 718-2284 for assistance. Students should report to Room 156 in the Student Services Building and sign in to see an academic advisor.

             Application deadline for the Fall 2013 semester is Aug. 1. Financial Aid Deadline for Fall is July 24.   

Chipola offers the Bachelor of Science Degree, the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs.

            The schedule of classes is available online at www.chipola.edu. For information, call 718-2211.

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CHIPOLA SUMMER II—Chipola College students Terrence Shanks and Christin Wiggins take a break in the Student Center. Summer Session II classes begin Monday, June 24, with late registration continuing through noon on Tuesday, June 25. The schedule of classes is available online at www.chipola.edu

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June 20, 2013

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS OFFERED AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer programs for children of all ages this summer.

                Chipola Kidz College for ages 6-12 is June 24-27.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with early drop-off available beginning at 7:30 a.m. Tuition is $75 per session and covers course materials and lunch in the Chipola cafeteria. Members of Chipola’s Future Educators Club will serve as instructors. Courses range from “All About the Ocean” and “Rocks You Can Eat” to “Writing Wizardry” and “Nifty Newspapers.” For information, contact Alicia Hatcher at 850-718-2405 or hatchera@chipola.edu

                Swimming lessons for ages four and up are scheduled on the following dates: Session 3: July 15-25, with a registration deadline of July 11.  Classes are available at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions include eight 45 minute classes which meet Monday through Thursday for two weeks. Cost is $55. Pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee.  For information, call 718-2473 or visit www.chipola.edu

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KIDZ COLLEGE—Mandi Jordan of Sneads teaches an origami class during Chipola Kidz College. The next session is June 24-27.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with early drop-off available beginning at 7:30 a.m. For information, contact Alicia Hatcher at 850-718-2405 or hatchera@chipola.edu

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June 20, 2013

CHIPOLA ATHLETES EARN NJCAA ACADEMIC HONORS

                COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Three Chipola College athletes have been recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for academic achievement.

                Women’s basketball player Macy Miles received a Superior Academic Achievement award for earning a 3.8 GPA.  Women’s basketball player Kristine Brance won an Exemplary Academic Achievement award for earning a 3.78 GPA.  Baseball player Jason Karl Jabour also won an Exemplary Academic Achievement award for a earning a 3.75 GPA.

                Chipola College competes in five intercollegiate sports—baseball, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s cross country.

                Some 60,000 student-athletes compete in the NJCAA across 3,500 teams in 28 different sports. Since 1938 the NJCAA has been the governing body of two-year college athletics. For information visit www.njcaa.org

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CHIPOLA ATHLETES EARN NJCAA ACADEMIC HONORS—Three Chipola College athletes have been recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for academic achievement. Pictured from left, are: women’s basketball players Macy Miles and Kristine Brance, and baseball player Jason Karl Jabour.

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June 25, 2013

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Five to Chipola Board of Trustees

 

                Tallahassee, Fla. – On Monday, June 24, Governor Rick Scott announced three appointments and two reappointments to the Chipola College District Board of Trustees.

                Thomas “Tommy” Lassmann, 41, of Marianna, is a commercial banker with Cadence Bank. He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Troy University. Lassmann has served on the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. He succeeds Jeff Crawford and is appointed for a term beginning June 24, 2013, and ending May 31, 2015.

                Nolan Baker, 48, of Ponce de Leon, is an engineer with CDG Engineers & Associates. Baker is a board member of the Walton County Economic Development Alliance and the Holmes County Development Commission. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Auburn University. He succeeds Robert “Bob” Jones and is appointed for a term beginning June 24, 2013, and ending May 31, 2015.

                Hannah Causseaux, 28, of Bristol, is the former Director of Appointments in the Executive Office of the Governor. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University. She succeeds Mark Plummer and is appointed for a term beginning June 24, 2013, and ending May 31, 2014.

                Gary Clark, 45, of Chipley, is the vice president of West Florida Electric Cooperative. He received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Phoenix. Clark served on the Washington County school board for twelve years. He is reappointed for a term beginning June 24, 2013, and ending May 31, 2015.

                John Padgett, 82, of Marianna, is retired. He was a member of the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Padgett has previously served as a Jackson County Commissioner. He is reappointed for a term beginning June 24, 2013, and ending May 31, 2014.

                The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Chipola’s nine-member board also includes Gina Stuart of Jackson County, Danny Ryals of Calhoun County, Dr. Leisa Bailey of Holmes County and Jan Page of Washington County.  

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June 27, 2013

BIG BEND AHEC HOSTS HEALTH CAREERS SUMMER CAMP

               

               MARIANNA—For the fourth year in a row at Chipola College, Big Bend Area Health Education Center (Big Bend AHEC) has sponsored a summer camp for 30 high school students interested health careers.  The camp is provided at no cost to the students. 

                Students came from Jackson, Washington, Holmes, Calhoun, and Liberty counties to spend the camp week at Chipola.  Camp activities included sheep heart and pig kidney dissection, blood-typing, medical terminology, and simulation lab experience.  In the simulation lab at Chipola, students were able to learn many skills practiced by nursing, EMT, and paramedic students. 

                Students were provided with an overview of several health careers in order to understand the entire health care team.  Jackson Hospital provided a tour of their facility and an opportunity for a day of shadowing in various departments.  Numerous speakers from near and far came to share about their experience as health care professionals.

                Students also received a seven-hour ACT review course, and information on college admissions and financial aid.  The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office provided information on the physical effects and dangers of many current drug trends.  Hancock Bank and the United Way provided students with information on Financial Planning.

                Calhoun Liberty Hospital also provided students with the opportunity to tour their facility and shadow health professionals. 

                A highlight of the camp was a road trip to Tallahassee during which the students toured the FSU College of Medicine and had an opportunity to interact with current medical students.  The medical students taught campers skills training in the simulation lab to learn heart and lung sounds and vital signs.  A tour of the Moore Athletic Center at the FSU stadium intrigued many of the students.  Students heard from Jake Pfeil, Head Football Athletic Trainer at FSU about how sports medicine is conducted with the team.

                Big Bend AHEC has sponsored similar camps for over 20 years. Big Bend AHEC is a non-profit organization with a main office in Tallahassee. The organization serves a 14 county area and provides health education services and tobacco cessation and prevention programs.  AHEC also helps recruit health professionals to rural areas.  Camp Director, Brigitta Nuccio, says, “Our hope is that we will help students get the experience they need to know if a health career is right for them and that they will return to rural areas to practice.” 

                Nuccio attended the camp herself in 1995 as a Cottondale High School student.  She went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Florida, College of Medicine. For the last six years, Nuccio has worked for Big Bend AHEC.

                Anyone interested in supporting or participating in the Big Bend AHEC Health Careers Summer Camp program should call Brigitta Nuccio at 850-482-6500.

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CHIPOLA HEALTH CAMP—Twenty-six students recently completed Chipola College health camp. Pictured from left, are: (front) Kaitlin Lynn, Kelsey Gilley, Kiandra Decree, McKenzie Trim, Jaquainna Hughes, Kristin Davis (second row) Carley Mead, Amy Hand, Tyeshia Smith, Alexi Nix, Cailin Thomas, Hana Whitfield, Rachael Spooner (back) director Brigitta Nuccio, counselor Candace Mercer, Lexi Pollocks, Angela Smith, Sarah Guettler, McKaylah See, Jayde Smelcer, Morgan McKenzie, Jordan Smith, Alyssa Mercer, Lindie Dilmore, Miranda Sapp, Calen Masai, Cheyanne Franklin, Ashlee Cates, counselor Ashley Uhrick and counselor Brett Floyd.

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June 27, 2013

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Five to Chipola Board of Trustees

 

                 Tallahassee, Fla. – On Monday, June 24, Governor Rick Scott announced three appointments and two reappointments to the Chipola College District Board of Trustees.

                Thomas “Tommy” Lassmann, 41, of Marianna, is a commercial banker with Cadence Bank. He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Troy University. Lassmann has served on the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. He succeeds Jeff Crawford and is appointed for a term beginning June 24, 2013, and ending May 31, 2015.

                Nolan Baker, 48, of Ponce de Leon, is an engineer with CDG Engineers & Associates. Baker is a board member of the Walton County Economic Development Alliance and the Holmes County Development Commission. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Auburn University. He succeeds Robert “Bob” Jones and is appointed for a term beginning June 24, 2013, and ending May 31, 2015.

                Hannah Causseaux, 28, of Bristol, is the former Director of Appointments in the Executive Office of the Governor. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University. She succeeds Mark Plummer and is appointed for a term beginning June 24, 2013, and ending May 31, 2014.

                Gary Clark, 45, of Chipley, is the vice president of West Florida Electric Cooperative. He received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Phoenix. Clark served on the Washington County school board for twelve years. He is reappointed for a term beginning June 24, 2013, and ending May 31, 2015.

                John Padgett, 82, of Marianna, is retired. He was a member of the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Padgett has previously served as a Jackson County Commissioner. He is reappointed for a term beginning June 24, 2013, and ending May 31, 2014.

                The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

                Chipola’s nine-member board also includes Gina Stuart of Jackson County, Danny Ryals of Calhoun County, Dr. Leisa Bailey of Holmes County and Jan Page of Washington County.  

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June 27, 2013

CHIPOLA TO OFFER LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CORRECTIONS CLASSES

               

                 MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer an evening Law Enforcement Academy and a Corrections to Law Enforcement Cross-over class  beginning Aug 1. Qualification deadline for all materials is July 22.

                The program will meet weeknights from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The course is 770 clock hours in length.

                Chipola also offers an ongoing Basic Corrections academy with open enrollment. Students may start within a week of qualification. Classes are weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

                Candidates must be at least 19 years of age and earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT). 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.

                The Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) is offered at the Public Service Building on Chipola Campus every Tuesday at 12:30.  Cost of the test is $45.

                For information regarding the application process, contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 718-2286.

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June 27, 2013

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Chipola Photo

DUNAWAY IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Jim Dunaway is Chipola College’s Career Employee for June. Dunaway serves as the Property/Inventory and Records Coordinator in the Physical Plant and has worked at the college since 2011. Pictured from left, are: Louy Harris, Capital Projects and Facilities Administrator; Jim Dunaway and Dr. Jason Hurst, Executive Vice President.

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