BACK TO WORK 50+ is a grant program through the AARP Foundation, the Social Innovation Funds, and the American Association of Community Colleges. The program is designed to serve anyone 50 years old and above, but specifically women 50-64 years old with significant work history, achieve economic self-sufficiency Candidates are exposed to employment opportunities and are provided job training, education, career counseling and mentoring.
The program hosts local information sessions and coaching programs where participants can learn how to update their personal marketing tools and networking strategies, target their job searches, and identify and pursue short-term training needs. Participants will also be exposed to job leads, employers, and employment related resources that will support, enhance, and reinforce job seeking efforts during the transition to the next full-time job. For more information about our BTW 50+ program please call 352-395- 5047 or visit the website at https://www.sfcollege.edu/displaced-homemaker-program/.
College Achievement Program (CAP)
The College Achievement Program (CAP) is an academic enrichment experience that occurs each summer at SF. It is designed to provide selected high school graduates with fundamental instruction and skills to enhance overall college readiness. For more information about CAP, please call 352-395-5486, visit building S-112, or visit, www.sfcollege.edu.
Displaced Homemaker Program
The Displaced Homemaker Program: Focus on the Future offers empowerment and employment assistance to women who are 35 years of age or older, who have mostly been homemakers during their adult lives, who have been dependent upon someone for support which is no longer available to them, who are unemployed or not adequately employed and who would have difficulty in securing adequate employment.
The program offers free classes and workshops throughout the year. The program is jointly funded by the College and a grant from the Department of Economic Opportunity. To inquire about our services, schedule an appointment for an intake screening or for more information, please call 352-395-5047 or visit our website at www.sfcollege.edu/DisplacedHomemakers.
Santa Fe College Center of Excellence/National Achiever Society (NAS)
The Santa Fe College’s Chapter of the National Achievers is under the auspices of the Florida Education Fund. Formerly known as the McKnight Achievers, NAS is a college-track program that assists under represented and historically disadvantaged students in grades K-12 to excel both academically and culturally with a goal of increasing the pool of students who are prepared, motivated, and qualified to enter higher education.
The program offers leadership activities, peer tutoring and counseling, educational trips and conferences, test preparation, and pre-college prep workshops. Homework help for middle school students and SAT preparation for high school students is available through the NAS online web portal. A statewide Annual Brain Bowl Competition motivates students to improve skills in math, writing and reading based on FCAT and SAT questions. Brain Bowl Teams compete for scholarships at Florida colleges and universities. A three-week Summer Enrichment Program is held at the SF Northwest campus. Students acquire skills in core academic courses for the upcoming school year and experience interactive approaches to STEM and SAT preparation. The program office is located on SF’s Northwest Campus. For more information, call 352-381-7086 or visit the program’s websites at http://www.sfcollege.edu/nationalachievers/ or the state website at www.fefonline.org.
1. North Central Florida Educational Talent Search
This federal program helps rural high school students in an eight county area of North Central Florida, especially those who are low income and potential first generation college students. Services include campus tours to Florida colleges and universities, academic advising and course selection; college entrance exam preparation; and workshops on motivation, study skills and test taking. Assistance is also provided to students and their families with completion of applications for college and financial aid. For more information, call 352-395-5960 or visit the program website at http://www.sfcollege.edu/ets
2. Student Support Services
The Student Support Services Program (SSS) is a federally funded program that provides opportunities for academic development, helps college students with college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education. The goal of this program is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of participants and ease the transition process from one level of higher education to the next.
Services include one-on-one tutoring, academic, financial and personal counseling; help in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in four-year institutions; and information about career options and mentoring.
To receive assistance, students must be enrolled in an AA program with plans to transition to a four-year school. Only first generation, low-income, and students with disabilities with an academic need are eligible to participate in the program. The program office is located on the Northwest Campus. For more information, call 352-395-5068 or see the SSS website at https://www.sfcollege.edu/trio/student/.
3. Upward Bound
The Upward Bound Program (UB) is a federally funded program designed to provide low-income and/or first generation students with the academic skills and motivation necessary to persist in completing their secondary education and to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Currently, the UB Program is funded to serve 63 students from Bradford High School and Newberry High School. During the academic year UB provides afterschool tutoring at Bradford High School and Newberry High School two days each week. Every other Saturday, students are provided transportation to Santa Fe College to receive assistance with FCAT, EOC, and SAT/ACT preparation, college admissions and financial aid applications. Students also participate in financial literacy workshops, career and academic counseling, college tours and various educational and cultural activities.
During the summer, UB students participate in an intensive 6-week non-residential summer program at Santa Fe College designed to prepare them for the first nine weeks of subsequent school year. At the conclusion of the program, eligible students are able to receive Work Study and are placed with local businesses. In addition to academic and cultural enrichment activities, students participate in community service events and fundraising projects throughout the school year. Students must meet federal eligibility criteria set by the U.S. Department of Education. The program office is located on the Northwest Campus. For more information, call 352-395-7357 or see the Upward Bound website at https://www.sfcollege.edu/prepare/ub/.