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Career Campus2023-05-31T14:47:35-04:00

Preparing individuals with differences for successful employment

Now Accepting Applications!

Career Campus is a vocational training program for students 18 – 24 years of age with intellectual and developmental differences.
The primary goal of the Career Campus is to provide programming that will prepare individuals for competitive employment.

Career Campus has partnered with Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), giving students the opportunity to take college-level courses to earn industry certifications and badges. It is the objective of the program to help students reach their full potential and be successful in the career path of their choice.

Career Campus is accepting applications for the 2023 -2024 school year now through Friday, June 30th.


  • Career Learning & Exploration
  • Work Readiness Training
  • Internships, Job Shadowing & Work Experience
  • On-the-Job Training Opportunities
  • FSCJ Courses for Industry Certifications & Badges
  • Transition to Employment Training
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Application Guidance
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Application Process

  • Prospective students will complete the 2023-2024 Career Campus Application and eligibility form.
  • Applications must be submitted by Friday, June 30, 2023 to be considered for the 2023-2024 school year.
  • Prospective students will submit their most recent IEP.
  • Prospective students will submit their high school transcripts/records.
  • Eligible students will attend an interview with the Admissions Committee/Director.
  • Students will be notified if they are accepted to the program.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition for Career Campus is $10,500.00 for the 2023-2024 school year. This includes the $50.00 registration fee and $500 deposit, which are due at the time of acceptance into the program.
  • First semester tuition is due – July 21st, 2023
  • Second semester tuition is due – December 23, 2023
  • Tuition must be paid by the due dates in order to keep the student enrolled in the program.
  • Financial aid is available for eligible students.


  • Be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program. Career Campus serves students ages 18 – 24.
  • Have a documented intellectual and developmental disability. Primary disability must be cognitive, not behavioral or emotional.
  • Motivated to further education and gain new skills related to career development.
  • Exhibit independence, motivation and stability.
  • Willing to register with Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • Please note that a completed application does not guarantee admission or enrollment in the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the mission of the Career Campus?2023-04-05T15:07:15-04:00

Career Campus provides individuals with intellectual and developmental differences the opportunity to develop work readiness skills for successful employment.

Do I need a high school diploma to participate?2023-04-05T15:12:17-04:00

No, for students with intellectual and developmental differences, ages 18 thru 21. Students may defer receipt of a standard high school diploma if they have an IEP that prescribes special education, transition planning, transition services, or related services. Students must be enrolled in one of these type programs. Students who have received their high school diploma or are over 21 years of age can still participate in the program, however, financial resources may be limited to the student/families.

Who will be teaching the coursework?2023-04-05T15:13:43-04:00

FSCJ coursework is taught by credentialed college faculty. Functional academics are taught by qualified Career Campus staff.

How many applicants are offered admission?2023-04-05T15:15:20-04:00

Career Campus will be admitting fifteen full time students for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Is housing or transportation offered?2023-04-05T15:15:51-04:00

No, housing is not offered for this program nor transportation. It is the student’s responsibility to provide their own transportation to and from campus. The Arc Jacksonville’s Advocacy department can assist families through the process of receiving JTA services.

What are the requirements to participate in FSCJ Dual Enrollment?2023-04-05T15:23:04-04:00

Students who have deferred their high school diploma, have a 2.0 high school GPA, completed 4 high school credits, and completed the TABE test are eligible to participate as a dual enrollment student with FSCJ.

Do I need a high school diploma to participate?2023-04-12T13:48:34-04:00

No, students with an IEP who are ages 18-21 may defer receipt of their high school diploma. Students who have received their high school diploma or are over 21 years of age may still participate in the program, however, financial resources may be limited.

What Career Campus opportunities are available for students?2023-04-12T13:49:01-04:00

Students will have the opportunity to take academic coursework, earn badges and certifications, explore career options, participate in fieldtrips in the community, interact with employers, and receive assistance with job shadowing and on the job training. Eligible students will also have the opportunity to pursue postsecondary education and earn certifications and college credit at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ).

Who will be teaching the coursework?2023-04-12T13:50:19-04:00

Career Campus staff will teach coursework to enhance work readiness skills. FSCJ coursework is taught by credentialed college faculty.

What is the admission criteria?2023-04-12T13:52:08-04:00

A prospective student must be between the ages 18 – 24 years old upon admission to the Career Campus program. Applicants must have an intellectual and developmental disability and be motivated to learn new skills and pursue employment. In addition, applicants must demonstrate emotional stability, maturity and independence.

What career paths are offered at Career Campus?2023-04-12T14:00:48-04:00

Year 1: Students will complete work readiness certificates.

  • FSCJ Dual Enrollment Specialized Career Education (450 clock hours) – Certificate of Completion
  • Health Matters – Certificate of Completion
  • Financial Literacy – Certificate of Completion

Year 2: Students will select from one of the options listed.

  1. Repeat Dual Enrollment course – Specialized Career Education
  2. Job Placement with The Arc Jacksonville Employment Services
  3. Career Training
    1. FSCJ Childcare
    2. FSCJ Welding Career Certificate
    3. FSCJ Digital Media College Credit Technical Certificate
    4. FSCJ Nursing Assistant
  4. Career Campus Industry Certificates
    1. Florida Ready to Work – Certificate
    2. MS Office – Certificate
    3. Additional work readiness certificates and badges
    4. Internships

Year 3 – 4: Students will continue working towards completion of certificates and participate in internships. Students will also work with The Arc Jacksonville Employment Services for on-the-job-training and employment placement.

To participate in FSCJ’s Career Training programs, students must meet FSCJ eligibility requirements.

What kind of certificate will students receive?2023-04-12T14:01:40-04:00

Students who complete the FSCJ course, Specialized Career Education, will receive an FSCJ Certificate of Completion. Students will also have an FSCJ college transcript. Additional badges and certificates will be award throughout the program.

Is there financial aid available?2023-04-12T14:02:13-04:00

Available financial aid includes the Family Empowerment Scholarship (previously the McKay Scholarship), Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) funding, and private pay. Click here to learn more about the Family Empowerment Scholarship.

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