News from Chipola College


The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) recently elected Board members and officers for 2021. The Board welcomes Chipola graduate Curtis Wynn from the Roanoke Electric Cooperative, Caroline Dauzat from Rex Lumber, and Shannon Estenoz from the Everglades Foundation, to serve three-year terms.

Curtis Wynn is President & CEO at the Roanoke Electric Cooperative (REC), located in Aulander, North Carolina. He brings 35 years of experience in the electric utility industry to the Endowment Board, having served in various capacities, including information technology, marketing, economic development, and senior management. He is the first African American in the nation to serve as the top executive of an electric cooperative. Under Curtis’s leadership, REC has won numerous awards and accolades and continues to expand on its foundational cooperative principles: voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, member economic participation, autonomy and independence, education, training and information, and concern for the community. Curtis received his Associate of Arts degree from Chipola College in Marianna, FL, and a Bachelor of Science from Troy University, in Dothan, AL.

Caroline (McRae) Dauzat is a fourth-generation owner at Rex Lumber (Rex) and also serves as President of Apalachee Pole Company, one of Rex’s operating companies. Rex has been manufacturing forest products since 1926 and specializes in Southern Yellow Pine lumber. With more than 700 employees located at four mills, two in Florida, one in Mississippi, and one in Alabama, the company actively contributes to the communities in which it operates, including educational programs and training and supporting projects with Habitat for Humanity. Caroline received a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida.

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities is a not-for-profit public charity working with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative, and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities. To learn more, visit


The GEO Group Foundation recently made a significant contribution to the Chipola College Foundation.

Pictured from left, are: Elizabeth Tate, Human Resources Manager, GEO Graceville; Julie Fuqua, Chipola Foundation Director; and Jeff Thomas, GEO Graceville Facility Administrator.

The scholarship will cover partial tuition and/or books with first consideration given to criminal justice academic program majors and current GEO Graceville Correctional Facility employees or immediate family members of current employees.

Correctional Officer Workforce Development program applicants will be given second consideration in the selection process and applicants must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA each semester at Chipola, and follow standard college requirements.

Applications will be available in March 2021 from the Chipola College Foundation.


MARIANNA—The Jackson Correctional Institution will host a one-day hiring event for Correctional Officers and Trainees, Thursday, Jan. 21, from 9-2 p.m. in the Chipola College Public Service Building.

Interested applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, be at least 18 years old, have no felony convictions, eligible to own/possess a firearm, have a valid driver’s license, and hold a high school diploma or equivalent GED.

Applicants should also bring the following documents: driver’s license, social security card, birth certificate, high school diploma or equivalent, and a military dd-214. Applicants will take the CJBAT on the same day.

New hires have the potential to earn an annual salary of $33.5k, receive on the job paid training, earn tuition-free college (6hrs/semester) and receive single/family health insurance coverage.

For more information or for those unable to attend, contact: Morgan Daniels at 850-718-2212.