Special Academic Programs
The Honors Academy
The Florida Community College Honors Academy
is designed to attract highly motivated and talented students
who are challenged by an intellectually stimulating academic program
of study and have demonstrated through their academic pursuits,
an ability to achieve academic excellence.
The goals of the Honors Academy are:
- To serve the needs of students motivated to excel in both
academic studies and leadership development,
- To offer intellectual development and leadership skills-building
experiences that integrate academic, extra-curricular and service
- To achieve greater academic satisfaction, social integration
and sense of belonging among students.
The Honors Academy offers students the opportunity
to be a part of an academic environment that is intentionally
designed to foster academic excellence. Students have the opportunity
to enroll in stimulating designated Honors courses with exceptional
faculty and other outstanding students.
Students who have a weighted average GPA of
3.5 in high school or who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 after 12
semester hours of college level courses may apply for admittance
into the Honors Academy. Students admitted into the Honors Academy
must register for the Honors Colloquia (one credit hour) and the
Honors seminar (two credit hours) and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or
Each term the Honors Academy will offer courses
that are populated by exceptional students and taught by faculty
members dedicated to actively involving students in enriched classes.
The Honors Academy also offers:
- An Honors colloquium that focuses on values, team building,
critical thinking, leadership, creativity and innovation and
other interesting topics,
- An interdisciplinary Honors seminar,
- Special designation on diplomas and transcripts,
- Special Honors Academy graduation ceremony,
- Special Honors Academy learning and study centers,
- Excellent teachers and innovative instructors,
- Issuance of a special Honors Academy medallion, and
- Trips to honors conferences.
For more information call the Honors Academy
representative on any campus or the Honors Academy office at 904.381.3709.
There are three different scholarships open
to honors students. One is for entering freshmen, based on high
school performance. The others are open to FCCJ students who have
achieved academic excellence in college. These scholarships cover
the cost of tuition, books and other incidental expenses.
The Academic Achievement Scholarship is for
entering college students who achieved a 3.5 grade point average
in high school in an academic curriculum and who are recommended
by their high school principal or counselor. The scholarship may
be renewed for a second year based on academic performance at
The Scholars Award is for students who have
completed 12 hours of coursework at FCCJ and have maintained at
least a 3.5 grade point average.
The Part-Time Scholars Award is for students
who have completed 36 college credit hours and have maintained
a 3.5 grade point average.
For more information call the Honors
Academy representative on any campus or the Honors Academy office
Distance Learning Programs
Family responsibilities and work obligations
often prevent students from attending college. Telecourses and
online courses provide an opportunity for all students to continue
their college education, despite time and space barriers.
Successful online and telecourse students
are self-motivated, self-directed and independent learners. Distance
learning is as demanding and comprehensive as on-campus learning.
However, distance learning can be more convenient and flexible
for students with many demands on their time.
FCCJ offers an extensive variety of college
credit online courses in areas such as psychology, computer science,
English composition, humanities and many others.
Online courses are conducted via the Internet
through a Web-based software program that features online learning
tools for course content access, research, class communication,
assignments and testing. Students follow the professor's online
syllabus and lectures, read assigned text material, participate
in online discussions with the instructor and fellow students,
complete and deliver research papers, and take tests. Students
always have access to their instructor via e-mail, and to the
"virtual classroom" twenty-four hours a day.
All online courses require reliable computer
access with personal access to the Internet using current versions
of Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer (no other browsers
are supported), an e-mail account, Windows 95 or above, and virus-checking
software. Students should have basic computer skills, including
file management, e-mail, Internet navigation and word processing
Florida Community College offers a variety
of college credit telecourses in areas such as math, humanities,
psychology, history and many others.
Telecourses consist of professionally-produced
taped lessons aired on cable television weekly. Some on-campus
meetings may be required, such as an orientation, testing and
review sessions. Students follow the professor's syllabus to complete
assigned reading material, watch weekly airings, complete assignments,
complete research papers and take tests. Students have access
to their instructor via phone during regularly scheduled office
hours, as well as via e-mail.
All telecourses require that students can receive
a cable signal in Callahan, Clay County, Duval County, Fernandina
Beach and St. John's County, as well as attend the scheduled meetings
during the term.
To serve the needs of working students and
others who require scheduling flexibility, Florida Community College
offers a variety of college credit classes and adult studies on
weekends. Students may choose from classes which meet on Saturday
mornings, Saturday afternoons or Sunday after noons for the full
term, or Fast-Track classes which meet all day Saturday for six
Saturdays. Fast-Track courses are offered during two short sessions
each term, allowing students the option of beginning courses at
Students may earn an associate in arts (A.A.)
degree by completing classes exclusively on weekends or combine
weekend studies with weekday and evening classes, Telecourses
or on-line classes. The course content and college credit hours
for weekend classes are the same as for weekday classes. The same
qualifications for student aid, scholarships or veterans benefits
to cover costs also apply to week end students.
Weekend College classes are held at Kent
Campus, South Campus, North Campus, Downtown Campus and Deerwood
Center. For more information about these weekend opportunities,
call the campus you plan to attend.
FCCJ students interested in a commission
as an officer in the United States Navy or the United States Marine
Corps may enroll in the basic NROTC College program and take naval
science courses at Jacksonville University. Students who successfully
complete the basic course are eligible to enter the advanced program
at any university that offers NROTC. Students in the basic course
may also be eligible for selection to the NROTC scholarship program.
For information contact the Navy ROTC office at Jacksonville University
at 904.744.3950, ext. 7480.
The Military Education Institute exists for
the purpose of developing and coordinating educational opportunities
for military service personnel, their family members and federal
government employees and local community residents at Jacksonville
area military installations. To accomplish this mission, the College
- college credit courses with an emphasis on the General Education
Requirements offered at each base during traditional semester
terms and additional six-weeks terms,
- classes offered on base in a sequential program, enabling
enrollment throughout the year in the associate in arts, selected
associate in science, and associate in applied science programs,
- classes offered via distance learning in selected associate
in arts and associate in science programs, as a member of the
Navy College Rating Partners program,
- a full range of advising, registration and orientation services,
including placement testing,
- a liaison with Naval Recruiting District Jacksonville in
the Navy's technical preparatory program. This program is designed
for dual enrolled high school students who are enlisted in the
Navy's delayed entry program.
- a liaison with the military educational service officers
to assist students in the use of the military service financial
aid programs, and
- non-college credit courses for students desiring to upgrade
career and occupational skills or seeking personal enrichment.
For information contact the Military Education
Institute by calling 904.633.8134 or 904.633.8406.
Global Studies Abroad/Extended Studies
Florida Community College spon sors a variety
of study/travel abroad courses offering college credit. These
courses are focused on certain aspects of selected foreign countries
and include field experiences, and on-site lectures and discussions.
Studying at a university in the foreign country is also a part
of some study/travel abroad courses.
Orientation meetings and structured classes
designed to strengthen educational experiences are held during
the length of students' enrollment in the activity.
Class attendance and participation in the scheduled
events of the tours are mandatory. Regular admission policies
of the College must be followed to enroll in the courses. Students
are expected to pay their own transportation and other charges.
Global studies/travel abroad courses are offered based on student
interest and enrollment.
Examples of the countries of focus for
previous study/travel abroad courses include England, Greece,
Italy, France and the Orient.
English As A Second Language (ESL)
Florida Community College has programs which
are specifically designed for non-native students whose first
language is not English. The academic ESL program is designed
for students who are preparing themselves for academic study and
who must develop native proficiency in the English language to
succeed in their coursework. In addition, non-native community
residents who have a high school diploma and want to increase
proficiency in English language skills through rigorous study
are eligible to enroll. Some exemptions apply to applicants who
do not yet have a high school diploma.
Prior to registration, students take a placement
test to determine which level of instruction is most appropriate.
Based upon the results of these placement test scores, students
are assigned to college preparatory studies (Level I) which is
designated by courses with the ESL prefix, Intermediate (Level
II) or Advanced Intermediate (Level III) courses, both of which
are designated with the ENS (English for non-native speakers)
prefix. Each level consists of courses in:
- structure/grammar and
- combined skills (designed for special program needs).
Level I classes are college preparatory classes,
not intended for transfer, counted for graduation or calculated
in total hours or in grade point average. Level II and Level
III classes are not counted toward fulfilling the number of
required for a degree; however, if students test into these courses,
they are required to take these courses before enrolling into
non-ESL college credit courses. Courses at each level involve
12 contact hours per week, which is a full course load. Students
may take less than a full load of classes each term if desired.
Upon completion of the ESL courses, degree-seeking students,
those wishing to take college credit English or reading courses,
then participate in the native student entry placement testing.
For additional information contact the ESL office on Downtown
Campus at 904.633.8227.
English for Speakers of Other Languages
The adult education non-credit ESOL program
offers classes for community residents whose native language is
not English and who desire to learn and improve their English
language skills in preparation for job placement. Instruction
is offered at six different levels, covering listening, speaking,
reading and writing skills from beginning to advanced. Instruction
including speaking, reading and writing skills are taught at all
levels. Before registration, students must be tested to determine
placement levels. Classes are held at the Downtown Campus during
the day and at Kent Campus and various high schools in the evening.
For testing and registration information contact the ESOL office,
Downtown Campus, at 904.633.8484.
Living and Learning in a Knowledge-Based
Many students have difficulty learning simply
because they have never learned certain basic study skills. Develop
these skills by adding Living and Learning in a Knowledge-Based
Economy (SLS1103) to your schedule. You'll gain a unique advantage
in the classroom and in the workplace with the survival and success
skills taught in this course. Topics include goals and priorities,
maintaining commit ment, teamwork and decision making, learning
skills, leadership styles and skills, and much more.
You'll find a tremendous amount of information
delivered in an active, engaging learning environment. Not only
will this class build your success skills for your college work,
it will also give you a foundation of behaviors, habits and skills
to succeed and thrive in the working world. Your desire to succeed
is the only prerequisite. See your advisor for further details
College Preparatory Courses
College preparatory studies provides special
courses and support services for those students who are in need
of further preparation in writing, reading and mathematics.
Through the course placement testing program
or additional assessment, students who are identified as in need
of further preparation will meet with a counselor to identify
academic goals and the best curriculum to follow in order to achieve
All college preparatory studies courses are
considered to be pre-college level. They are not intended for
transfer, counted for graduation or calculated in total hours
or grade point average. However, these courses will count as hours
enrolled for financial aid/veteran purposes, Social Security or
other enrollment verifications. These courses are identified as
college preparatory studies courses in the course description
The following college preparatory studies courses
are designed to bring students' skills to the minimum college
|EAP 0400 Speech/Listening -
EAP 0420 Reading - Level 4
EAP 0440 Writing - Level 4
EAP 0460 Structure - Level 4
EAP 0480 Combined Skills
ENC 0001 Introduction to Composition A
ENC 0021 Introduction to Composition B
|MAT 0002 Basic Mathematics
MAT 0024 Elementary Algebra
REA 0006 Basic Reading Skills
REA 0008 Reading Skills
REA 0010 Introduction to Reading Techniques
Students who test into one or more of these
college preparatory studies courses must successfully complete
the course(s) with a grade of "C" or better before enrolling
in college credit courses in that skill area.
Research has shown that students at FCCJ who
are successful in college preparatory studies miss less than four
hours of class. The College has instituted an attendance policy
for all college preparatory classes. College preparatory students
should check the attendance policy in the course syllabus of each
college preparatory course taken.
Full-time students who test into ENC 0001 and
REA 0006 must take these two courses in their first term of enrollment.
Full-time students who test into ENC 0001, REA 0006 and MAT 0002
must take all three of these courses in their first term of enrollment.
Part-time students are required to take these college preparatory
studies courses in the following order: reading, English and mathematics.
Full-time students who test into either ENC
0021, REA 0008, REA 0010 and MAT 0002 or MAT 0024 must enroll
in at least one of these college preparatory studies courses each
term until they have completed all such required courses.
Part-time students who test into either
ENC 0001, REA 0006 or MAT 0002 must enroll in at least one of
these courses each term until they have completed these courses.
Part-time students who test into either ENC 0021, REA 0008, REA
0010 or MAT 0024, must enroll in these courses by the time they
have accumulated 12 hours of college credit coursework and must
maintain continuous enrollment in college preparatory coursework
each semester until the requirements are completed.
Students who officially withdraw from college
preparatory studies courses shall be considered enrolled that
semester for purposes of the two-term limitation rule. Students
may only have two attempts at a college preparatory studies course
and pay the in-state tuition rate. After two attempts, students
must pay the out-of-state tuition rate or may enroll in adult
education courses that provide an alternative to traditional college
preparatory instruction. Exceptions to this rule are subject to
the student appeals process. Previous attempts made prior to Fall
Term 1997 do not count toward the two-term limitation. Students
testing into remedial instruction may access alternative private
sources for this instruction.