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Thursday, July 31, 2008

TROY Comes to Chipola

Troy University, Global Campus is pleased to announce that it has taken up permanent residence at the Chipola College University Center. Following a number of years during which TROY delivered their Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology to local cohort groups, the University opted to accept an invitation from Chipola’s Dr. Kitty Myers, Vice President of Instruction and Baccalaureate Program Development, to establish a more formal relationship with the College.
Initially, TROY will continue to deliver the MSCP Program. Plans are currently underway to add the final two years of a Bachelor of Science in Psychology program in the very near future. This should create a very attractive opportunity for members of the local community who have already completed the first two years of college or who have earned their Associate’s degree and are looking for a local pathway to take their previous coursework or qualifications to the next level.
In addition to these traditional in-class opportunities, the TROY office will also serve as a local student support and advising center for students interested in enrolling in one of the University’s many undergraduate and graduate programs offered fully online through the University’s highly regarded eCampus. Current program offerings via the virtual classroom include undergraduate degrees in Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science and Sport and Fitness Management. Fully online graduate programs are available in Business Administration (MBA), Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Human Resource Management, International Relations and Management.
Coordinating activities for TROY in the 5 county area will be Amanda Suggs. Mandy is a native of Jackson County where she has spent the last eight years working in various capacities at Chipola College. Her most recent role was as a Career Specialist, working with area middle and high school students to promote post-secondary education through the Federally Funded Educational Talent Search Program.
Mandy has served on many committees at both college and state level to include President of the Chipola College Career Employee Association, Publications Chair of the Florida Association of Community Colleges Student Development Board, and Hospitality Co-Chair of the FCCAA State Basketball Tournament.
Her education includes the current pursuit of a Master’s in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University; Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of West Florida; and Associate degree from Chipola College.
"I am so extremely excited to be a part of Troy University. As a student and employee, I can honestly say that TROY offers many opportunities to our area and plans to expand those opportunities with this new partnership. I know that the community will respond immediately and positively to the presence of this wonderful institution."
The close ties between Mandy and Chipola, the considerable number of faculty and staff at Chipola College who are graduates of Troy University and the opportunities created by this new relationship are all indicators that this should be a win, win, win situation for both institutions and the local community.
The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will host an official ribbon cutting ceremony for Troy University – Marianna on August 7, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Continuing Education Conference Center on the Chipola College Campus. An Open House will follow the ceremony to allow the community to meet TROY staff.

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