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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
   
 
  Oct 22, 2021
 
2021-2022 Catalog [Aug. 2021-Aug. 2022] 
  
2021-2022 Catalog [Aug. 2021-Aug. 2022]

Academics: Adult Education Programs


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  • The individual must be at least 16 years of age and withdrawn from public school.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 NRS ABE scale score Level 3 or higher on the TABE Reading test to enter the program.

Adult Basic Education Courses

  • ABX 0215 - Reading for Adults B (Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online)
  • ABX 0216 - Reading for Adults C (Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online) 
  • ABX 0217 - Reading for Adults D (Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online) 
  • ABX 0125 - Mathematics for Adults B (Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online) 
  • ABX 0126 - Mathematics for Adults C (Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online) 
  • ABX 0127 - Mathematics for Adults D (Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online) 
  • ABX 0335 - Language for Adults B (Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online) 
  • ABX 0336 - Language for Adults C (Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online) 
  • ABX 0337 - Language for Adults D (Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online) 

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.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a certificate of completion, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements.
  • Students who enter under the (2021/2022) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2021/2022 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees and FLDOE may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

Need More Information? Contact

Adult Education, (904) 357-8943, or visit fscj.edu/academics/adult-education
 

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. Textbook costs included in student tuition.

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.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a certificate of completion, students must have met the following requirements

  1. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  2. Complete requirements for adult high school students (per State Board Rule 6A-6.020) as specified in the Florida Course Code Directory and the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) Adult High School Technical Assistance paper.
  3. Students enrolled in the Adult High School must complete and earn a minimum of two (2) high school credits at FSCJ to meet graduation requirements (including increasing the student’s grade point average and passing the state approved assessment) and receive a State of Florida standard diploma.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements.
  • Students who enter under the (2021/2022) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2021/2022 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees and FLDOE may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

Need More Information? Contact

Adult education, (904) 357-8943, or visit fscj.edu/academics/adult-education.
 

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/ 0817 and ELL 0825/0827) focusing on the academic skills necessary to transition to English for Academic Purposes (EAP) or other college credit and certificate programs.

ESOL and College and Career Readiness classes are 150 hours each, offered year-round on a 12-week trimester schedule. All courses are offered online or face-to-face. 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:

  1. Communication
  2. Employment
  3. Community 
  4. Consumer Education
  5. Health
  6. Civics
  7. Environment
  8. Mathematics
  9. Learning and Thinking

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a certificate of completion, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  2. Earn a CASAS score that meets or exceeds the program’s exit requirement.
  3. For ESOL series ELL 0115 - ELL 0615, a student must earn a CASAS score in his/her designated student category of Listening and Reading that places him/her out of Advanced level. This student will receive a certificate for ESOL completion.
  4. For College and Career Readiness, a student must pass the CCR departmental exam. If successful, they will receive an instructor recommendation to take the Accuplacer CPTL which places the student in English for Academic Purposes. This student will receive a certificate of completion for College and Career Readiness.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements.
  • Students who enter under the (2021/2022) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2021/2022 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees and FLDOE may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

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 NRS Level 5 or higher on a state eligible Mathematics assessment to be placed in the GED® Mathematical Reasoning preparation course. Students should test at the NRS ABE scale score of Level 5 or higher on a state approved reading assessment (Rule 6A.6.014, F.A.C.) to be placed in the GED® RLA, Science and Social Studies preparation courses.

High School Equivalency Courses

  • ASE 0075 - High School Equivalency Reasoning Through Language Arts (Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online) 
  • ASE 0076 - High School Equivalency Social Studies (Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online) 
  • ASE 0077 - High School Equivalency Science (Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online) 
  • ASE 0078 - High School Equivalency Mathematical Reasoning (Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online) 

Registration Requirements

  • Incoming students must complete Adult Education Orientation prior to registration.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a certificate of completion, students must have met the following requirements

  1. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  2. Students enrolled in the High School Equivalency program must pass the full battery (Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies) of the 2014 GED® test with the required minimum passing score:
    • (145-164) - Pass / High School Equivalency
    • (165-174) - GED® College Ready
    • (175-200) - GED® College Ready + Credit (Articulation conversations are in-progress)
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements.
  • Students who enter under the (2021/2022) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2021/2022 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees and FLDOE may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

Need More Information? Contact

Adult Education, (904) 357-8943, or visit fscj.edu/academics/adult-education

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