One of the most important links between the community life of Marianna and the school is brought about through the efforts of Mr. C.F. Jolley, Marianna High School’s Diversified Cooperative Training instructor.
His work taught students not only a vocation but how to deal with many situations they might encounter in life, especially those in the workplace. Marianna was fortunate to have Mr. Jolley as through his efforts, they were better qualified and more courteous employees. His students gained knowledge, especially those who were not attending college after graduation. The obtained special training in any chosen field they pursued through D.C.T.
Mr. Jolley attended high school in St. Johns, Michigan. Following graduation, he attended Michigan State University where he received his B.S. degree. He then taught vocational agriculture for five years in Alpeua, Michigan. Following his tenure in agriculture, he went into business for himself for eight years raising cattle. Because of health issues, he came to Florida where he did graduate work at both the University of Florida in Gainesville, and Florida State University in Tallahassee.
In 1940, he taught D.C.T. at Ocala before transferring to Sebring in 1942 where he taught for three years. In 1945, he worked in the vocational advertisement office for severely disabled tuberculosis and heart patients. He was employed there until 1952 when he joined the staff at Marianna High School.
Each student under his instruction received an hour’s training each day for their specific job according to the request of their employer. They also received an hour of general information, where, as a group they discussed problems they may meet head on, rules of courtesy, and other items of interest that were helpful in their work environment. They also had to meet all state required high school subjects. Each student was required to put in 20 or more hours each week at his or her job. This was done in the afternoons and on Saturdays.
Mr. Jolley had to be versatile enough to discuss the trade of any businessman. He had to know the tools of each trade and know them well enough to thoroughly instruct his students on their use. James Hagan says Mr. Jolley was certainly well qualified for teaching these trades, “He told us how to talk not only to our customers we encountered but how to respond to our supervisors, bosses when given instructions, or criticism. What he said went a long way with building yourself up in the eyes of your boss man.”
Bobby Hall seconded that sentiment, “I had a problem communicating sometimes. People took what I said or how I said it way different than the way I meant it. Mr. Jolley talked to me for over an hour one day. He took what I had told him I said to a guy I worked with and how I told him he responded and told me another way to say it. He sat there like I said, for over an hour and gave me pointers on how I could have said it differently, how if he were the boss would want me to have responded. I never had a teacher with the patience that man had. I don’t know whatever happened to him, but I sure appreciated his taking time for me like he did.”
Mr. C. F. Jolley left Marianna High School following the 1960 school year. His patience and understanding of what was expected in the workforce and his ability to impress that on his students was missed.