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Academic Commitment

Once selected to participate in the Lacey Township High School – Ocean County College Jump Start Program (LTHS-OCC Jump Start Program) at Lacey Township High School, students may enroll in courses according to the following guidelines:

1. Only Lacey Township High School seniors who are in good standing may participate in the program. Good academic standing is defined as students who possess at least 110 credits and no grades lower than a C.

2. Students must meet the enrollment criteria as outlined by Ocean County College. Criteria can be found by clicking on at OCC Jump Start Program  (see Item 4 under Applying for Admission to Ocean County College).

3. Students who enroll for a fall semester class must sign up for the corresponding spring semester class. For example, a student who signs up for English I (ENG 151) in the fall semester must also enroll to take Creative Writing (ENG 153) in the spring semester. Students must enroll in both semesters of a given subject. The following course combinations are available: • English I (ENG 151) and Creative Writing (ENG 153) • Western Civilization (HIST 171) and United States History (HIST 173) • Introduction to Statistics (Math 156) and (MATH 151) Survey of Mathematics

Dual Enrollment

Students enrolled in the LTHS-OCC Jump Start Program will receive credit for classes from Lacey Township High School and Ocean County College. Class rank and GPA, however, will be calculated using classes taken in the fall semester.

Financial Commitment

Students and parents will be responsible for making tuition payments directly to Ocean County College. Students are not eligible for financial aid due to the reduced tuition. Failure to make tuition payments will result in the removal from the LTHS-OCC Jump Start Program.

Attendance

The Ocean County College attendance policy applies to all students enrolled in the LTHS-OCC Jump Start Program. The OCC attendance policy allows for 3 unexcused absences in any semester. The teacher and administration will evaluate special circumstances. Lates are not permitted and may be treated as absences.

Grading

Courses taken as a part of the LTHS-OCC Jump Start Program will be highlighted on students’ high school transcripts. The final grades will carry the weight of an Advanced Placement (AP) course. In addition, please note the following:

• No grades will be issued for the 1st and 3rd marking periods because OCC only issues final grades at the end of each semester.

• Students will be responsible for sending an official transcript from OCC to the colleges to which they are applying by contacted Ocean County College Registration and Records Office at 732-255-0304.

• Grades earned from this program will appear on students’ high school and college transcripts.

• Not all colleges accept Ocean County College credits. Students and parents are encouraged to investigate credit transfer options to other institutions of higher learning. 9 JUMP START PROGRAM (High school student attending OCC Part-time)

Earn college credit while you’re still in high school!

Take courses at our Main Campus in Toms River, our satellite location the Southern Education Center in Manahawkin, or at a local high school in Ocean County. Through the Jump Start Program, high school students can get a “jump” on their college education. Any junior or senior who wishes to enroll as a part-time college student at OCC may do so with the permission of his/her high school Guidance Counselor or Principal. Students who take only one course per semester in both the junior and senior years will have completed an entire semester of college prior to graduating from high school! This can translate into tremendous savings in terms of time and money. Ocean County high school students have the advantage of receiving a Board of Trustees scholarship, with reduced tuition, plus appropriate college fees More importantly, students participating in this program gain an invaluable measure of self-confidence in knowing they can do college level work.

General guidelines for participation in the Jump Start Program:

1. A recommendation from the guidance counselor or Principal of the high school is required.

2. Students must satisfy any course prerequisite and have earned an overall above average GPA in high school or demonstrated a high potential to succeed in special areas related to college courses.

3. Jump Start students may attend part-time only…maximum of two classes per semester.

Applying for admission to Ocean County College:

1. Meet with your high school guidance counselor. Discuss whether or not this program is a good fit for you, as well as which class you should take. The OCC Academic Advising Office can assist in your course selection.

2. Fill out OCC’s green High School Application/Registration form. This must be completed each semester in which you enroll as a Jump Start student.

3. Have the Application/Registration form signed by your Principal or Guidance Counselor, as well as your parent or guardian (required even if you are 18 years old).

4. Jump Start students wishing to take college level mathematics or English courses must provide appropriate test scores to prove college readiness. They must provide the Registration and Records office with any of the following qualifying scores: SAT: Math 530+ Critical Reading 540+ HSPA: Math 250+ Language Arts 235+ PSAT: Math 53+ Critical Reading 54+ ACT: Math 22+ English/Writing 23+ Students who do not have the above qualifying scores may take the Accuplacer test at the OCC Testing Center or the Southern Education Center in Manahawkin. Contact number is 732-255-0401.

5. Fill out the green application/registration form with the course and section number then submit to the Registration & Records Office or the Southern Education Center in Manahawkin for processing. The Registration and Records office will give you your class schedule/ bill and direct you to make payment within 24 hours at the Cashiers office. If you have any questions about the Jump Start Program, please contact the Admissions Office at 732- 255-0400 Ext. 2960 or email: occadmissions@ocean.edu.

HELPFUL HINTS for JUMP START STUDENTS

You are commended for taking the initiative to begin your college education while still in high school. Students in this program have reported high degrees of satisfaction with the quality of the instruction and ability to get a “Jumpstart” on their college degree.

• While you are attending Ocean County College you are considered a college student, with all the rights and responsibilities that entails. As we do with all students, the college will protect your privacy by sharing information with you only. Release of any information to others (except your high school) will be only with your express written consent.

• As a college student you will have the opportunity to interact with faculty both before and after class. You must take the initiative to speak to the faculty member and arrange a mutually convenient time to meet. Contact information for your instructor is also available on the course syllabus you will receive on the first day of class.

The Advising Center on the main campus is available for academic advisement. OCC recommends students choose a class from the “List of Approved General Education Courses.” These courses may be applied toward an OCC degree or may be transferred to a four-year college or university. However, there is no guarantee if or how the credits will transfer. When transferring, students should always research the school to which they will be transferring for specific information. Course descriptions for these and all other courses can be found on the college website at http://www.ocean.edu.

Examples of General Education Courses are:

• US History or Western Civilization

• Public Speaking • Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology

• Art History, Music, Theatre.

• Books and materials can be purchased at the College Bookstore on the OCC campus or online from the OCC Bookstore.

• As a general rule plan to study 2 hours for every one hour of class. A class that meets 3 hours a week will require 6 hours a week study time.

• Free tutoring is available through our Math and English labs on the main campus and at the Southern Education Center. Students may contact the area dean for tutoring in other subject areas.

• It is important to understand all grades earned in the Jump Start Program will be reflected on your permanent transcript and will follow you throughout your academic career. If you are struggling in a course, we encourage you to speak to your professor regarding your progress. Should you decide to withdraw from a course, it is your responsibility to complete and submit an Add/Drop form (available in the Registration and Records Office).

IMPORTANT: Every semester has a withdrawal deadline.

Exact dates can be found at OCC Academic Calendar.

• Distance learning courses are not recommended for high school students (especially for your first class or a class taken during your junior year of high school). You can check their web site at OCC Study Online to research further your individual readiness to take online courses. Students must obtain an Approval for Jump Start Students to Take OCC Courses Online Form from their high school guidance counselor office and submit it with their Jump Start application at the Registration and Records office to be able to register for a Distance Learning section. Please note: There is no reduced tuition for Jump Start students registered in Distance Learning courses.

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