Generation Jacks is a phenomenal, one-of-a-kind program focused on assisting first-generation college students during their first year at Stephen F. Austin State University through an Extended Learning Community (ELC). Students will move through their first three semesters as a group established with three linked courses during the fall semester. We are offering two ELC in Fall 2015.
The Humanities ELC will include core humanities courses, ENG 131 & PSY 133.
The second ELC will be STEM based and will include MTH 138 & AST 105.
Both ELCs will also have a linked SFA 101 (Freshman Seminar).
Beyond participating in the ELC each student will be paired with a mentor from this year's GenJacks group throughout their first year.
In addition to having a mentor, accepted students will participate in a service-learning project in which they will serve as a mentor to local high school students who are involved in GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).
During the spring semester, students will take SFA 110, Career Development (1hr), in which they will learn how to prepare for professional internships and full-time job opportunities.
During the fall semester of their second year, students will take SFA 250 (1hr), which includes internship placement, and serve as mentors for the next group of GenJacks students.
Participation In A GenJacks Residential Learning Community Possible Beginning Fall 2015
Benefits of Generation Jacks:
- Can lead to a higher GPA
- Enhanced faculty and professional academic advisor support
- Enrollment priority
- Higher satisfaction with the college experience
- Staying on track for college career and 4-year graduation
- More cohesive curriculum
- Jumpstart on professional development
- Higher level of student engagement
Students who have been accepted to SFA can complete a formal application on MySFA for the GenJacks program beginning mid-March 2015. Expected deadline for initial applications for the next academic year will be April 30, 2015.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Marc Guidry & Dr. Michael WalkerGENJACKS@SFASU.EDU