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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  Sep 23, 2023
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Academics: College Preparatory

College Reach-Out Programs (CROP)

Florida State College at Jacksonville’s College Reach-Out Program (CROP) is a statewide initiative established in 1983 which is funded by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and is intended to increase the number of students in grades 6 through 12 who, upon secondary graduation, are admitted to and successfully complete postsecondary education. CROP primary purposes are to motivate, strengthen and enhance the knowledge of low-income and academically underserved students with their postsecondary journey. These are students who otherwise would be unlikely to be inspired to attend a Florida College System institution, state university, or independent postsecondary institution without motivating support and recruitment systems in place. FSCJ’s CROP Saturday Academy and GRADS are pre-collegiate readiness initiatives that exposes students to postsecondary life at an early age and expand their understanding of the higher educational process.

FSCJ’s CROP Saturday Academy (January-March, Saturdays) is an academic-based and informational workshop initiative for students in grades 6 through 12. Sessions and activities are strategically designed to equip students with essential information needed for successful academic pursuit from secondary to postsecondary graduation. Students experience growth in areas such as math, language arts, science, social studies and technology. Students receive preparation strategies to help boost their Florida Standard Assessment (FSA), SAT and ACT scores. Students participate in team-building activities; explore career options; STEM, financial, nutritional and reading workshops; cultural/career events; youth forums; award/recognition ceremonies; tour Florida’s colleges/universities and much more. Workshops and sessions are planned for parents/guardians to enlighten their knowledge of the family dynamics and to assist them with valuable information about their child’s educational process.

FSCJ’s CROP GRADS (Gaining Resources and Developing Skills) (June-July, Monday-Thursday) is an initiative that keep participating students in grades 6 through 12 focused over the summer on their educational path. Sessions are designed to prep students intensively for high achievement on the SAT/ACT. Life/Career Skills, Financial Literacy, Career Exploration tours, Community Service involvement, as well as other activities, are planned to expand students’ understanding for postsecondary groundwork to further equip them with necessary skills to transition through life successfully.

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 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 4, Level 5, or Level 6 courses with the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) prefix. Each level consists of courses in:

  1. Reading/vocabulary
  2. Writing/composition
  3. Speaking/listening
  4. Structure/grammar

Level 4 classes count for institutional credit. Up to twelve hourse of Level 5 and/or Level 6 coursework may be counted as elective credit toward fulfilling the number of credits required for an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree.

All students who test into any level of EAP courses or tested “too low” in any area of the EAP placement test are required to take a specifically designated EAP section of Strategies for the Pursuit of Knowledge (IDS 1107) within their first 15 hours at FSCJ as part of their First Year Experience.

Students are required to complete all Level 4 courses before registering for other college credit classes. Once students have completed or tested out of Level 5 Speech and Listening and Level 5 Reading, they can take the math portion of the PERT exam. Based on their PERT math scores, students may then take the following suggested classes if they need to have a full course load, which is 12 contact hours per week:

  • Math courses: MAT 0018, MAT 0028, MAT 1033 or higher based on placement test scores
  • Computer Concepts courses: CGS 1060C, CGS 1100C 

Students who have passed all Level 5 EAP courses and Level 6 Speech and Listening can register for other college credit courses after consulting with their EAP advisor.

Students may take less than a full load of classes each term if desired or if not on a student visa.

Students who have completed all required EAP coursework can register for ENC 1101 without further testing.

If you have received any of the following degrees, A.A., A.S., B.A., B.S., or any advanced degrees in one of the following countries,  Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Dominica, England, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Virgin Islands (US and British), or Wales, you are exempted from taking the College’s current EAP placement test and can move directly into ENC 1101.