College Reach-Out Programs
Florida State College at Jacksonville's College Reach-Out Program (CROP) is a statewide initiative funded by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), intended to increase the graduation rates of postsecondary education for participating students.
Saturday Academy (January-March) is an academic-based and informational workshop initiative for students in grades six through twelve. Sessions and activities are strategically planned to equip students with essentials needed to effectively complete high school and postsecondary education. Students will experience growth in areas such as math, language arts, science and technology. Students will receive test preparation for the Florida Standard Assessment (FSA), SAT/ACT, financial literacy and career options. Students will participate in team building activities, life/careers skills sessions, cultural events, career day, youth rally and award/recognition ceremonies, and tour Florida's colleges/universities.
Each Saturday, parent/guardian workshops are offered to equip families with relevant success strategies, such as parental involvement, understanding the educational process (secondary/postsecondary), stress in the family, home buying, and financial and nutritional management (healthy eating/living).
Gaining Resources and Developing Skills (GRADS) is a Monday through Friday SAT/ACT prep and life/career skills summer initiative for high school students. SAT/ACT prep courses focus distinctively on math and English. Students participate in financial literacy workshops, career exploration tours, community service activities, educational/cultural tours and awards/recognition ceremonies. Duplicate/party bridge is another component added to enhance students cognitive and social skills, and to introduce students to an upscaled way of card playing.
Overall, students who participate in the College Reach-Out Programs get a jumpstart on preparing for postsecondary success and creating a clear vision for an effective educational journey after graduating from high school. Students are acquainted with information needed to become successful college graduates. Students are engaged in learning opportunities to help them better understand who they are, who they wish to become and interest factors that can help them with the selection of a program of study and a career that is a best fit. Students' participation in the College Reach-Out Program afford them an opportunity to expand their knowledge of post academic groundwork and options for choosing a career that is life sustaining.
For additional information, please call (904) 633-8179 or (904) 633-8219.
English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Florida State College at Jacksonville has programs specifically designed for students whose first language is not English. The EAP program is designed for students who are preparing themselves for academic study and who must develop proficiency in the English language to succeed in their coursework.
Prior to registration, students take a placement test (or the College's current EAP placement test) to determine which level of instruction is most appropriate. Based on the results of these placement test scores, students are assigned to Level IV, Level V or Level VI courses with the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) prefix. Each level consists of courses in reading/vocabulary, writing/composition, speaking/listening, and structure/grammar.
Level IV classes count for institutional credit. Up to 12 credits of Level V and Level VI classes may be counted as elective credit toward fulfilling the number of credits required for a degree.
All students who test into any Level IV EAP courses or tested "below Level IV" in any area of the EAP placement test are required to enroll in a section of IDS 1107 specifically designated for EAP students. This class must be completed in the first semester.
Once students have completed or tested out of all Level IV courses and have completed or tested out of Level V Speech and Level V Reading, they are eligible to take the math portion of the PERT. If the student is required to attend full-time and the student's EAP course schedule does not meet a full course load, which is 12 credit hours, based on a student's PERT math score, they may be eligible to take the following suggested classes:
- Math courses: MAT 0018, MAT 0028, MAT 1033 or higher based on placement test scores
- Computer Concepts courses: CGS 1060C, CGS 1100
Students who have completed or tested out of all Level V EAP courses and Level VI Speech can register for other college credit courses after consulting with an advisor.
Students who have completed all required EAP coursework can register for ENC 1101 without further testing.