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We invite you to visit our beautiful campus, learn about our excellent programs, and meet our dedicated faculty and staff through this site's pages.
Chipola has a rich tradition of vital academic and workforce programs, with an outstanding faculty committed to developing each student's full potential for success.
Whether your goals are to learn a new occupation or to earn a college degree, Chipola has something for you. As the higher education source for five counties, we hope that you will consider Chipola for all your education and training needs.
Chipola offers ten different bachelor's degrees in education, business, and nursing. Chipola is also known for transferring quality students to fine universities like the University of Florida, Florida State University, Florida A and M University, and the University of West Florida.
Our Workforce Development programs offer associate degrees and certifications in several fields and offer employee development for area employers.
The personal attention of a small college with University advantages -- that's what Chipola is all about. Our low student-to-faculty ratio allows Chipola to offer the individualized attention that helps our students thrive.
Chipola College provides access to quality learning opportunities toward baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, and certificates and facilitates the College's service area's economic, social, and cultural development.
Continuing Education activities consist of seminars, courses, programs, workshops, or other events designed to meet the leisure and lifelong learning or professional extended learning needs of specific groups. These activities are offered through the Continuing Education and Professional Development Center. Chipola College welcomes the opportunity to assist local agencies with entry-level training and businesses and industries to plan and conduct in-service activities for their employees. Activities can be customized to meet the specific needs of each employer.
Chipola College offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in Secondary English, Secondary Mathematics, Middle School Mathematics, Middle School Science, Biology, Elementary Education, or Exceptional Student Education.
Chipola College does not discriminate against any persons, employees, students, applicants, or others affiliated with the College about race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, veteran's status, disability, gender, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or any other protected class under applicable federal and state laws, in any college program, activity or employment.
At Chipola College, we are aware of the difficulty students and their parents face in making meaningful decisions regarding college attendance and getting answers to many questions, especially regarding financial aid. We are here to answer any questions you may have.
The mission of the Student Disability Resource Office (SDRO) is to foster student inclusion into the Chipola College community through teaching independence, self-advocacy, and responsibility while maintaining an environment that promotes personal, educational, and social growth. We provide accommodations to students who qualify for services under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
We strive to establish and maintain a partnership with the student, administration, faculty, and staff through a framework of mutual understanding and respect. The Student Disability Resource Office will provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations and ensure equal opportunities and access while maintaining the academic standards of the College.
The Child Development, Early Intervention program is a 12 semester hour certificate program. All four courses must be completed to receive the approved Children and Family Services FCCPC.
The Associate in Science degree program is designed for persons seeking employment in the child care field. To enroll in these classes, you must be admitted to Chipola College (see Admissions Requirements). Students who plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in early childhood or elementary education at a four-year college or university should fulfill the Associate in Arts degree requirements for the chosen transfer school.
Chipola College was founded in 1947 and operated for one year as a private educational institution. Florida's Minimum Foundation Law, passed in 1947, included provisions for public support of colleges. Under the provisions of this law, a college district consisting of Jackson, Calhoun, and Washington Counties was approved to operate as a public institution with financial support from the three counties and Florida. The State Board of Education granted this approval, and Chipola Junior College became a public institution effective September 1, 1948.
Calhoun, Jackson, and Washington Counties' original district was expanded later to include Holmes and Liberty Counties.
A milestone in Chipola's history occurred in 1953 when the campus moved from its original location at the former Marianna Army Air Base to the present location. The first permanent buildings were completed and occupied in 1954. Additions through the years have brought the number of buildings to seventeen. The campus also includes outdoor physical education fields and a pool. Programs in vocational education were begun in 1967-68.
Evidence of growth about official recognition by other higher learning institutions came in 1957 when the College was accepted into membership and fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This accreditation was reaffirmed in 1967, 1977, 1987, and 1998.
Known initially as Chipola Junior College, the institution entered a new stage when it officially became Chipola College on August 18, 2003. The name was changed to reflect the College's new mission of offering four-year degrees in Education, Business, and Nursing.

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