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
The goals of the Honors Academy are:
- To serve the needs of students
motivated to excel in both academic studies and leadership
- To offer intellectual development
and leadership skills-building experiences that integrate
academic, extra-curricular and service activities; and
- 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 higher.
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,
designation on diplomas and transcripts,
Honors Academy graduation ceremony,
Honors Academy learning and study centers,
teachers and innovative instructors,
- Issuance of a special Honors
Academy medallion, and
to honors conferences.
There are three different scholarships open to honors students.
One is for entering freshmen, based on high school performance.
The others are open to Florida Community College 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 Florida Community College.
The Scholars Award is for students who have completed 12 hours
of coursework at Florida Community College 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
For more information please visit our Honors
Distance Learning Opportunities
For many students today, time to attend
traditional college classes is a luxury they cannot afford. Family,
work, and personal responsibilities often take first priority for
time and become a barrier to traditional educational opportunities.
To meet the needs of these students, Florida Community College
offers a variety of alternative learning opportunities that require
minimal or no attendance at site-based classes and/or testing.
Online courses are offered via the Internet, enabling students
to study and participate in the virtual class at times convenient
to their personal schedule. Students and teachers communicate
via e-mail, discussion boards (for asynchronous communication)
and live chat rooms.
Students must be self-disciplined and motivated to succeed in online
learning. A sound computer and Internet browser are necessary to
successfully navigate the course management system utilized for
online courses. Current versions of Netscape Navigator or Internet
Explorer, an e-mail account provided by the College, Windows 95
or newer version, and virus-checking software are all essential
components for students to enroll in online courses. For additional
information about online learning, visit the Florida Community
College Distance Learning Web site or
telephone the Learner Support Center for advisement and information
In a telecourse, the course materials are provided on a series of 30-minute to
one-hour videotaped lessons or combinations of video and audio lessons. These
videos are used in conjunction with textbook and study guide materials. Multiple
options are available for students to access the video content. Cable television
cablecasts the telecourse videos on Cable Channel 26 in Duval, Callahan, Clay
and St. John’s counties, as well as Fernandina Beach. Full sets of the
telecourse videos are available for viewing at Florida Community College libraries
on each campus. Students can rent full sets of the videos from RMI. For detailed
rental information, call RMI at 800.745.5480 or at www.rmimedia.com.
Many telecourses are available on Direct TV, Channel 377 and Dish Network, Channel
9402, through the PBS YOU program service. Check the
YOU Web site for course listings and times, or
check your satellite directory. Selected viceos are also available via CD-rom for sale or borrow from the libraries.
Many telecourses require
an online component. Specific course requirements are provided in schedule descriptions. Some telecourses may require on-campus meetings for orientation, testing and/or review sessions. For complete
information about telecourses, visit the Web site.
Advisement information is accessible by calling the Learner Support
Center for advisement and information at 904.646.2300.
Some video-based telecourses provide the video content of the
courses on CDs. Students purchase the CDs along with their
textbooks and study guides. CD courses are available in open-entry/open-exit format. This means that students work at their own pace to complete the course, not to exceed one year.
Military and Government Programs
Florida Community College 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
will be enrolled as Naval Science students, college program students,
or NROTC scholarship students based on the program in which they
are accepted. 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
on the NROTC scholarship programs visit the Navy
ROTC Web page or contact the Navy
ROTC office at Jacksonville University at 904.256.7480.
The Military Education Institute and Government Programs exist for the purpose of developing and coordinating education and training opportunities for military service personnel, their family members, government employees, and local community residents in the Jacksonville area. To accomplish this mission, the College provides:
college credit courses with an emphasis on the General Education
Requirements offered at each base during traditional semester
terms and additional eight-week terms;
- classes offered at military installatins 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, associate in science programs and associate in applied science, as a member of
the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership
(NCPDLP), U.S. Coast Guard SOCCOAST and SOCCOAST AFLOAT program,
Army National Guard Education Service Center Education Partner
program; SOCAD and SOCAD Army Çareer Degree Plans, U.S. Army Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP); and SOCMAR;
- a full range of advising, registration and orientation
services, including placement testing;
- evaluation of military training and experience by submitting the appropriate American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART for U.S. Naby and Marine Corp and AARTS for U.S. Army) and/or an institutional transcript from a military insitution (CCAF — Community College of the Air Force, ARNGI — Army National Guard Institute, USCGI — United States Coast Guard Institute). Military personnel can apply these recommended college credits toward a degree related to their career field or other field of their choice;
- 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 (DEP).
- a liaison
with the military education service officers to assist
students in the use of the military service
tuition assistance (TA) programs; and
- non-college credit courses and certificates 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 toll-free at 1.877.633.5950 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Studies Abroad/Extended Studies
Florida Community College sponsors 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.
studies/travel abroad courses are offered based on faculty
interest and student enrollment.
Examples of the countries of focus for
previous study/travel abroad courses include England, Greece,
Italy, France and the Orient.
English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Florida Community College 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 (CPT-L) to determine which level of instruction is most
appropriate. Based upon 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:
- speaking/listening and
Level IV classes are considered college preparatory
classes, not intended for transfer, counted for graduation or
calculated in total hours or in grade point average. 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. If students test into EAP courses, they are required
to take these courses before enrolling into non-EAP 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 EAP
courses, degree-seeking students and/or those wishing to take
college-credit English or reading courses must take the College
Placement Test. For additional information contact the Liberal
Arts office on Downtown Campus at 904.633.8397.
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.
Strategies for Success in College, Career
Students who test into two or more college prep disciplines will
be required to take a college prep SLS course (SLS 0001)
or a college credit SLS course (SLS 1103). Students will take
the SLS course in the first or second term of enrollment at the
college or after satisfying REA requirements.
Many students have difficulty in college
simply because they have never learned certain basic study
skills. Develop these skills by adding Strategies for Success
in College, Career and Life (SLS 1103) or college prep Foundations
of College Success (SLS 0001) 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 commitment, teamwork
and decision making, learning skills, leadership styles and
skills, and much more. See your advisor for further details
This SLS requirement applies to those students who enter Florida Community College under the 2005 catalog or after, and are seeking an A.A., A.S. and/or A.A.S. degree.
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 these goals.
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 section.
The following college preparatory studies
courses are designed to bring students’ skills to the
minimum college entry level.
EAP 0400 Speech/Listening — Level
EAP 0420 Reading — Level IV
EAP 0440 Writing — Level
EAP 0460 Structure — Level IV
EAP 0480 Combined Skills
EAP 0492 Combined Skills — Reading and Speech Level IV
ENC 0001 Introduction to Composition A
ENC 0021 Introduction to Composition BMAT 0002 Basic Mathematics
0024 Elementary Algebra
REA 0006 Basic Reading Skills
REA 0008 Reading Skills
REA 0010 Introduction to Reading
SLS 0001 Foundation of College Success
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. College preparatory
courses cannot replace required EAP courses.
Research has shown that students at Florida
Community College 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
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 recommended 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
Students who test into two or more college prep disciplines will
be required to take a college prep SLS course (SLS 0001) or a college
credit SLS course (SLS 1103). Students will take the SLS course
in the first or second term of enrollment at the college or after
satisfying REA requirements.
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 enroll in adult education courses that provide
an alternative to traditional college preparatory instruction.
Students who opt to enroll in adult education courses must pay the associated fees that are charged for non-credit adult education courses.
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.