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Chipola Cosmetology students Alyson James and Elise Armstrong discuss their program with Chancellor Henry Mack during his recent visit to Chipola.

The Chipola Welding program created Chancellor Henry Mack a metal desk plate during his recent visit to Chipola. Pictured from left, are: Darwin Gilmore, Workforce Dean; Dr. Pam Rentz, VP of Academic Affairs, Chancellor Mack and Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola President.


Henry Mack, Chancellor for Career, Technical and Adult Education in the Florida College System recently toured Chipola College’s career and technical programs.

February is recognized as Career and Technical Education Month® by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). Chipola, along with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and its 28 Florida College System institutions and 48 technical colleges, will celebrate

Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce and Economic Development, says, “We are very encouraged by Chancellor Mack’s visit to Chipola.  He shares our vision for upskilling the American Workforce and connecting the student skillset to the skills gap problem.”

Chancellor Mack said, “CTE Month provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the great work of our school districts and state colleges as they educate and help to prepare the future of Florida’s workforce.”

Chipola programs include: Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, Building Construction Technology, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Advanced Welding, Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology, Law Enforcement, Correctional Officer and Fire-fighting.


MARIANNA—Registration for Spring Term ‘C’ classes at Chipola College is March 1-5.  Classes begin March 8 with late registration through March 9.

Currently enrolled students may add Term C classes to their schedule. New students are encouraged to make application to the college and register as soon as possible. Face-to-face, online and Zoom classes are offered in several areas.

Term C courses include: Face-to-Face Courses: (ENL 2022) Survey of English Literature II, (ETD 2551) Cad Civil, (GEB 4940) Business Internship, (HLP 1081) Concepts of Life Fitness, (MVV 1111) Class Voice, (RED 3311) Teaching Reading Intermediate Grade, (RED 4519) Diagnos/Instruc Interventions Read, (SLS 1401) Career & Life Planning, (SLS 2264) SGA Leadership Development IV, (SPN 1120) Elementary Spanish I and (TPA 2077) Introduction to Scene Painting.

Online Courses: (AMH 2010) American History To 1865, (AST 1002) General Astronomy, (CGS 1060) Introduction to Microcomputer Use, (EDF 1005) Intro to the Teaching Profession, (ENC 1101) English Composition I, (MUL 2010) Music Appreciation, (PSY 2012) General Psychology, (RED 3311) Teaching Reading Intermediate Grade, (RED 3360) Teaching Reading Middle/Sec Schools, (RED 4519) Diagnos/Instruc Interventions Read, (SLS 1101) Orientation, (THE 1000) Theatre Appreciation, (TSL 4081) TESOL Issues & Practices

Combination of Face-to-Face and Zoom Courses: (ETD 2551) Cad Civil and (SPC 2608) Effective Public Speaking.

Chipola’s open-door policy guarantees acceptance to any student with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.  Prospective students should complete a college application online at Students also must provide an official high school and college transcript. Students should visit an academic advisor in the Student Services building to register.

For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311, or visit


Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried held a town hall meeting on crop insurance issues at Chipola College on Feb. 17. Fried was joined via Zoom by Acting Administrator Richard Flournoy of the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) and other RMA senior and regional leaders to answer questions from agriculture producers on crop insurance and risk management.

Also participating in the town hall were Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Deborah Tannenbaum, and from the USDA Risk Management Agency: Davina Lee, Tara Ponds, Chris Aulbur, Shaun Collins, Francie Tolle, David Zanoni, and Tom Worth.


The Black Student Union would like to thank the following Chipola personnel and students for help with the Black History Month program: Dr. Willie Spires, BSU Advisor; Chris Brockington, BSU President; Kristie Mosley and TRiO members: Ezekial Blount, Kavon Adderson and Amelia Bowers; Chipola PR—Dr. Bryan Craven, Lillie Hamil, Eric Dove and Morgan Roberts and all Chipola employees.

The following made contributions: Gail Mann, Graceville School, ELA teacher; Linda Long, Grand Ridge Middle, SWAT advisor; Captain D’s; Farm Bureau; and the City of Marianna.

2021 Black History Month Essay Winners: Middle School, 1st Place (tie) “If you have two eggs” by Brittany Thomas – Grand Ridge Middle and “From Struggle to Strength” by Joseph Smith IV – Grand Ridge Middle.

High School Essay Contest: 3rd, “A dark line of paint appears on a canvas…” by Rebecca May – Graceville High; 2nd, “African Americans have been treated differently…” by Shannon Hope McCallister – Graceville High and 1st Place “The time is always right to do what is right.” by Bailey Pierson – Graceville High.

Door Prize Winners, George Holland – Graceville High; Christian Lane – Graceville High; Nancy Chabot – Chipola and Atavia Douglas – Graceville High.

BSU members hope to meet in person to fellowship together next year.

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