BONIFAY — Representative Marti Coley visited the Bonifay Kiwanis Club as their guest speaker during the club’s Aug. 14 meeting.
“She may be a guest but she’s no stranger to us here in Holmes County,” said Event Coordinator Roger Brooks. “As we were eating and talking about preparations for the next rodeo she was right there with us with full understanding because she has been to the rodeo before as well as many other events right here in Holmes County.”
Coley said that the topic of interest for this meeting was to revisit a subject that was discussed at the last meeting she was a guest speaker, which was a year ago.
“It was a topic we all took to heart and has recently passed in legislation,” said Coley. “That topic was the training and jobs so students don’t have to leave too far from home. Through legislation we’ve created multiple pathways to gain a diploma.”
To be more specific, Coley explained that there has been advances in schools even as soon as high school where students can choose to develop their skills in the technical field instead of purely academic pursuits.
“We’ve pursued classes that are more relevant and will help them prepare them if they choose to go into a career right out of high school and maybe postpone their college education for a few years,” said Coley. “I taught at Chipola for many years and a lot of my students were older students returning. They had been in the work force and then they suddenly realized that they really need a degree to go further.”
She explained that the legislation passed offers incentives and help to school districts to provide industry certification.
“The good news to that is that you have the Washington-Holmes Technical Center right down the road,” said Coley. “That suddenly becomes very relevant for your students. So I’m excited about the opportunity for us to work together and make more training available for our students and hopefully, with that, more jobs so they can come home.”
Coley encouraged those who have ideas, questions or opinions to contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org; via phone at 850-717-5005; via mail at District Office: Chipola College; 3094 Indian Circle; Administrative Building, Room 186; Marianna, FL 32446; or Tallahassee Office: 418 Capital; 402 South Monroe Street; Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300; or via Facebook under Representative Marti Coley.
“Communicate with me and let me know how I can better represent you in Tallahassee,” said Coley.
More of Coley’s visit will be available at these links:
Marti Coley visits Bonifay Kiwanis part 1:
Marti Coley visits Bonifay Kiwanis part 2:
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Marti Coley visits Bonifay Kiwanis part 4: