Florida Community College at Jacksonville is now known as Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). Founded in 1965 as Florida Junior College, the school was known as Florida Community College at Jacksonville from 1986 to 2009. In 2009, it was renamed Florida State College at Jacksonville to reflect its present ‘state college’ status. The college is located in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.
Florida State College operates through its several campuses and centers situated around the First Coast region. The campuses include Downtown Campus, Kent Campus, North Campus, Open Campus, and South Campus. FSCJ also operates many educational centers such as Advanced Technology Center, Betty P. Cook Nassau Center, Cecil Center North, Cecil Center South – Aviation Center of Excellence, Deerwood Center, and Urban Resource Center.
Each year, Florida Community College at Jacksonville enrolls more than 80,000 students, making it the second largest institution of higher education in the state. FSCJ is a member of the Florida College System. It is not affiliated with any other public or private University or College. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to grant the bachelor’s and the associate’s degrees.
Students can choose from over 200 degree programs and technical certificates, leading to bachelor’s degrees in diverse areas of study such as arts, science, information technology, education and business.
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Florida State College at Jacksonville is composed of eleven academic schools: School of Aerospace; School of Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Construction, Industrial and Architectural Technologies; School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality; School of Digital Media and Entertainment Technology; School of Education; School of Health Sciences; School of Information Technology; School of Public Safety; and School of Transportation and Logistics.
Florida State College at Jacksonville offers distance learning programs that promises quality education with convenience to the students. It defies all the geographical boundaries and provides online academic degrees to people juggling a hectic schedule, family, and work commitments. With FSCJ’s flexible and accessible distance learning program, students can now earn online degrees and certificates such as Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.), A.S. Degree in Business Administration, Accounting Technology Specialist, Accounting Technology Management, Business Management, Office Specialist, and Small Business Specialist.
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Freshman students must take at least any one of the SAT, ACT or CPT test for admission to Florida State College at Jacksonville. Students can contact the Assessment and Certification Center and take the required evaluation for suitable course placement.
International students, whose native language is not English, must take one of the following tests: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Florida State College also provides an intensive English program to assist students develop their English skills.
Florida State College helps students in need of financial help to achieve their educational goals. Assistance is meted out to the deserving students through different forms of financial aid such as scholarships, veteran benefits, and loans. Students seeking financial aid must complete the online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.
Scholarships offered at Florida State College include Aaron Michael Lepianka Scholarship, Air Force Association “Student of Promise” Scholarship, Arlington Lions Club Scholarship, Bank of America Dream Makers Scholarship, Barbara Anne Thomas Nursing Scholarship, Child Care Management Scholarship, Dan Lestage Military Transition Support Scholarship, Dr. H. Marshall Taylor Memorial Scholarship, Haven Hospice Non-Minority Nursing Scholarship, Renee Klein Dental Hygienist Scholarship, and Women’s Center Multicultural Scholarship.
The federal government offers veteran benefits to the active duty military, disabled veterans and families of veterans who are in need of financial aid.
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Florida State College’s vibrant student life and leadership development gives you a platform to relax, make new friends, and study together. The campus is home to several student organizations and clubs. These clubs offers amazing facilities for the students such as comfortable furniture, group study areas, meeting rooms, billiards, and useful information on health insurance, bus schedules and much more. Students can get involved and experience the campus life through student government, events, clubs and organizations.
Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Student Government Association (SGA) is a member of the Florida/ Junior Community College’s Student Government Association (FJCCSGA). There are SGA offices at Downtown Campus, Kent Campus, North Campus, and South Campus.
Students can either join an existing club of interest or create a new one. Some of the popular clubs and organizations at FSCJ are American Sign Language Club, Campus Pride (GLBTQ Issues Awareness), Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) Club, Ignite Campus Ministries, International Club, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Skills USA, and Young Scholars Association.
The Career Development Center is located on campus, and it helps students take the right decision regarding their career. It offers valuable services such as career counseling and advising, career assessments, resume writing assistance, matching majors and career options, cover letter writing assistance, and career resource library.
Media and Publications:
The Campus Voice is the student-run newspaper of Florida State College. It focuses on events and issues that involve students at the college.
The Experience is student literary/ art magazine of Florida State College. It is published annually and contains original works of the college students.
The ENVOY is the student journal which accepts submissions from existing and graduated students of the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) programs, and EAP (English for Academic Purposes).
Florida State College at Jacksonville offers various facilities for the recreation of the students. Each campus has a complete game center and a lounge for TV for students. The student center is the place where students can unwind and meet new people while enjoying a game of billiards, ping pong or video games. The fitness freaks can work out in the fitness room situated on each campus. The fitness rooms include world class weight-training equipments.
Florida State College’s Library/ Learning Commons (LLC) is an instructional area that is designed to offer a range of learning, teaching and research resources to the students enrolled in the various courses. Library/ Learning Commons (LLC) offers several facilities such as free workshops; study areas; traditional and virtual library services and materials; subject-specific instruction including orientations; individual and small group tutoring; and access to tutorials, computers and multimedia technology.
FSCJ is home to an Outdoor Education Center, a 40 acre wooded site in Yulee equipped with all modern facilities needed for a weekend retreat. It helps to enhance the overall experience of the students and develop their leadership skills.
Florida State College’s South campus is also home to the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts, which includes a large auditorium complex, classrooms, labs, and practice rooms. Flamingo Writer is a poetry and short fiction contest, held each year. It is judged by independent and established writers.
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Florida State College at Jacksonville offers a wide range of intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports teams. The athletic teams take part in sports like basketball, softball, tennis and baseball. They participate in the intercollegiate athletic programs. FSCJ is a member of the Mid–Florida Conference of the Florida Community College Activities Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association. Sports facilities at Florida State College include Athletics Facilities at South Campus and Weight Room at South Campus.
Florida State College at Jacksonville offers scholarships for the student athletes. Each year, more than 100 individuals and over 35 businesses come together to partake in a day of great golf and fellowship. The Star Club highlights include Spring Athletic Awards, Golf Classic, and Meal Scholarship Participating Restaurants.
Florida State College at Jacksonville offers both group and individualized intramural sports and activities such as volleyball, basketball, flag football, soccer, bowling, table tennis, softball, tennis, horseshoes, billiards and golf.
Students can also avail the special discount passes to several community recreational facilities such as driving ranges, bowling, golf, miniature golf and movies. Students also receive significant discounts to a variety of cultural events organized by the Florida State College Artist Series.
Florida State College at Jacksonville’s graduates have earned reputation worldwide and excelled in diverse fields of business, politics, arts and entertainment. Some of the notable alumni of the college are Janet H. Adkins, Member of the Florida House of Representatives; Audrey Gibson, Member of the Florida House of Representatives; Alvin Heggs, Former NBA basketball player; Kevin O’Sullivan, Head Baseball Coach for the Florida Gators; Michael D. Reynolds, Astronomer and Dean at Florida State College at Jacksonville; and Sam Jones, Mayor of Mobile, Alabama.
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Florida State College at Jacksonville aims to meet the diverse educational needs of the community with the help of special community education division that will address those needs. FSCJ activity participates and engages itself in offering various programs and services to the residents of the community.
The important programs and community services offered by FSCJ include Continuing Education, Outdoor Education Center, Center for Lifelong Learning, First Coast Community Music School, Prosperity Scholarship Fund, Adults with Disabilities, Independent Living for Adult Blind, Military Education Institute, Rosanne R. Hartwell Women’s Center, English for Speakers of Other Languages, and Television Cablecast.
Florida State College at Jacksonville has a Military and Public Safety, Security Division (MPSS), which offers military men, women and their spouses with personalized access to the regionally accredited education through the College. FSCJ is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium. The veteran center at FSCJ provides support services, workshops, and other resources.
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