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

Student Services: Student Resources


Child Care Center Services

Child care centers are located at Downtown, Kent, North, and South campuses. Students also have discounted access to the Chappell Deerwood Child Development Center. All centers are open Monday through Friday during the day. Ages generally accepted are one to five years.  Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten is offered at most locations. Students are eligible for discounted fees for child care services. Child care scholarships are also available to eligible students.

Contact your campus Chappell Child Development Center to enroll your child.

  • Downtown Campus: (904) 632-3122
  • Kent Campus: (904) 381-3445
  • North Campus: (904) 713-6010/6011
  • Open Campus/Cecil Center: (904) 739-1279
  • South Campus: (904) 646-2225

Vision Education & Rehabilitation Center

The Vision Education & Rehabilitation Center (VERC) is a community-based rehabilitation program for adults and high school students living with blindness or low vision.  Since 1977, VERC has provided a steadily growing continuum of services to individuals residing in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns Counties.  Through specialized training provided by a staff of certified professionals, students acquire the necessary skills to gain or retain independence in the home, workplace, and community. 

The Vision Education & Rehabilitation Center's Transition Services are designed to enhance core competencies for middle and high school students living with blindness or low vision. VERC works closely with school districts in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns Counties to ensure students receive a comprehensive educational experience. Career exploration, job readiness training, and work experiences are integrated in the program's structure. The Transition Services program provides year round training including a short-term residential component during the summer months.

Vision Education & Rehabilitation Center services are offered at no cost to the student. Training is made possible by the State of Florida Division of Blind Services and Florida State College at Jacksonville. Located at the Downtown Campus since 1982, the Vision Education & Rehabilitation Center is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving People with Blindness or Vision Impairment (NAC) and serves several hundred students annually.

Core Curriculum

  • Adjustment to blindness counseling
    • Personal and group counseling
    • Family support workshops
  • Assistive technology
    • Keyboarding and alternative input device instruction
    • Adaptive software, including screen magnification and screen reading
    • Mainstream business applications
    • Computer operation and Internet navigation
    • Emerging technologies and adaptive devices
  • Communications, optical and non-optical devices
    • Lighting and glare filters
    • Electronic aids
    • Braille instruction
  • Community outreach
    • Information and referrals to community services
  • Independent living skills
    • Home management and safety
    • Self-care and personal management
    • Labeling and identification methods
  • Orientation and mobility
    • Sighted guide techniques
    • White cane skills
    • Public transportation utilization
    • Personal safety techniques
    • Personal GPS navigation systems
  • Job readiness
    • Job seeking and interview competence
    • Resume workshops
    • Soft-skills fluency

The Vision Education & Rehabilitation Center regularly presents to community groups regarding vision rehabilitation services. For further information, please call (904) 633-8220.

Student Support Services

Florida State College at Jacksonville recognizes the importance of assisting and encouraging all students to reach their full potential. The College ensures that its admission requirements are uniformly applied, and that its services, activities, facilities, and academic programs are accessible to and usable by all qualified students. The Student Support Services Office implements and coordinates reasonable accommodations and disability-related services to promote full participation of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of college life. Additionally, the office also serves as a resource for students who are experiencing financial, legal, or personal situations that are creating barriers to their academic success. The student support coordinator will meet with the student individually to assess their situation and provide referrals to college and community resources to support student success.

Contact Information

Associate Director of Student Support Services: (904) 361-6216

Student Support Coordinators:

  • Downtown Campus: (904) 633-8488
  • Kent Campus: (904) 381-3500
  • North Campus: (904) 766-6784
  • Open Campus/Smart Start Orientation: (904) 632-3096
  • South Campus: (904) 646-2191
  • Collegewide Counselor: (904) 633-8209

For additional information and resources, email accommodateme@fscj.edu.

Ombudsman

The Office of the Ombudsman offers students a safe and private environment to discuss escalated complaints, concerns, or problems related to college policies, processes, and appeals. The Ombudsman assists students in navigating College policies and procedures and understanding the student's rights and responsibilities. When appropriate, the office may initiate an informal intervention that offers an acceptable resolution to all parties. Students can express their general complaint or concern about navigating these processes verbally or in writing.

The office of the Ombudsman can be reached by email at ombuds@fscj.edu.