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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
   
 
  Sep 23, 2019
 
2018-2019 Catalog [Aug. 2018-Aug. 2019] 
    
2018-2019 Catalog [Aug. 2018-Aug. 2019] [Archived Catalog]

Academics: Adult Education


Adult Education at Florida State College at Jacksonville includes a range of instructional programs that help adults acquire skills to become productive workers, family members, and citizens. Major program areas are Adult Basic Education (ABE), GED® Preparation: High School Equivalency (HSE), and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Applied Academics for Adult Education (AAE). These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and English language competency. Adult Education programs also assist adult learners in gaining the college and career readiness skills needed to enter and succeed in the workforce and/or postsecondary education.

Adult Basic Education

The purpose of Adult Basic Education (ABE) is to give students an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills related to the area of basic literacy and life skills for adults who are performing at or below the ninth-grade level.

Adult Basic Education involves non-credit courses designed to develop skills in literacy, writing and mathematics necessary for successful workers, citizens, and family members. Adult Basic Education prepares students to enroll in GED® preparation, or ESOL or AAE courses.

Admission Requirements

  • The individual must be a U.S. citizen or in a lawful immigration status.
  • The individual must be at least 16 years of age and withdrawn from public school.
  • The individual must score at least 6.0 grade equivalency (GE) on the M-level Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Reading subject test.

Adult Basic Education Courses

  • ABE 0017 - Reading for Adults D
  • ABE 0025 - Mathematics for Adults B
  • ABE 0026 - Mathematics for Adults C
  • ABE 0027 - Mathematics for Adults D
  • ABE 0035 - Language for Adults B
  • ABE 0036 - Language for Adults C
  • ABE 0037 - Language for Adults D

Registration Requirements

  • Incoming Students must complete Adult Education Orientation prior to registration.
  • Students must be registered in lowest subject (Educational Functioning Level) course as indicated on TABE.

Need More Information? Contact

Adult Education Programs, (904) 646-2300, or visit the Adult Education webpage

Adult High School

Adult High School (AHS) is for committed adults seeking to earn a standard high school diploma and able to complete high school graduation requirements within one academic year. Core and elective courses are offered during the day and evening at the Downtown campus. Textbooks are not supplied and must be purchased by the student. Textbooks are not supplied and must be purchased by the student.

Admissions Requirements

  • The individual must be 18 years old or older.
  • The individual must require 10 credits or less (including *Certificate of Completion) to earn a standard high school diploma in the State of Florida.
  • The individual must have a current high school grade point average of 1.7 or higher on a 4-point scale.
  • The individual must be seeking and must not have already completed any high school completion credential.

*Certificate of Completion: the student has met the State of Florida 24 credit requirements but has not passed FCAT 2.0 and/or earned a 2.0 GPA.

Need More Information? Contact

Adult High School Program, (904) 357-8943, or visit the Adult Education webpage.

English for Speakers of Other Languages

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a non-credit program that provides English language instruction to adult learners living in the USA, whose primary language is not English. ESOL classes prepare students to use English for employment, career and technical programs, postsecondary education, and participation in civic life. ESOL classes use an ELL prefix, which denotes English Language Learners. Students must be 17 years or older.

Florida State College at Jacksonville uses the CASAS Exam, which tests the skill areas of Listening and Reading, to determine placement and level progression. Students must earn a minimum of 70 hours per session to take the exam. Classes progress from Foundations level (ELL 0115), Low Beginner (ELL 0215), High Beginning (ELL 0315), Low Intermediate (ELL 0415), through High Intermediate (ELL 0515) with a 10-point increase on the CASAS exam necessary for progression. At the Advanced Level (ELL 0615), the CASAS exam requires a 15-point increase. FSCJ ESOL provides an additional course at the Advanced Level (ELL 0625) with distinct content material to allow for further practice. Upon completion of the Advanced level, students are eligible to take the TABE Exam and start GED® courses or career courses.

After Advanced ESOL, FSCJ provides a bridge to academic success through College and Career Readiness (ELL 0815 and ELL 0825) focusing on the academic skills necessary to transition to English for Academic Purposes (EAP) or other college credit and certificate programs. The College and Career Readiness classes use the Accuplacer CPTL Exam as an exit instrument.

ESOL and College and Career Readiness classes are 125 hours each, offered year-round on a fifteen-week trimester schedule. Lower levels meet face-to-face and higher levels include a hybrid component. Instructional materials are designed for adult learners, and activities are geared toward a variety of learning styles.

These curriculum content standards are delivered as integrated skills (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, and Grammar). The curriculum covers:

  • Communication
  • Civics, Family and Community Resources
  • Employment
  • Consumer Education
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Transportation and Travel
  • Safety and Security

The ESOL Program offers Citizenship class (ELL 0650) for legal residents interested in naturalization, who have lived in the United States for 3 years and are married to a US citizen, or who have lived in the United States for 5 years and are not married to a citizen. Students must attain at least Low Intermediate Level (ELL 0415) to take the Citizenship class, which prepares students to take the Citizenship Exam administered by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Need More Information? Contact

The ESOL Program, Downtown Campus, (904) 633-8360

GED® Preparation: High School Equivalency

The purpose of the High School Equivalency program is to prepare students to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the GED® test and be awarded a state of Florida high school equivalency diploma. This program strives to motivate students not only to obtain a GED® diploma, but to continue their education to earn a postsecondary degree, certificate, or industry certification.

Admission Requirements

  • The individual must be a U.S. citizen or in a lawful immigration status.
  • The individual must be at least 16 years of age and withdrawn from public school.
  • The individual must score at least 6.0 grade equivalency (GE) on the M-level Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Reading subject test.

High School Equivalency Courses

  • ASE 0062A - High School Equivalency Reasoning Through Language Arts    
  • ASE 0063A - High School Equivalency Social Studies    
  • ASE 0064A - High School Equivalency Science    
  • ASE 0066A - High School Equivalency Mathematical Reasoning   

Registration Requirements

  • Incoming students must complete Adult Education Orientation prior to registration.
  • Students must score at least a 9.0 on the TABE subject test that corresponds to the course they would like to enroll in.

Need More Information? Contact

Adult Education Programs, (904) 357-8943, or visit the Adult Education webpage.

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