6:15 PM, Monday Update: In anticipation of Hurricane Ian’s expected impact on Brevard County, all EFSC classes, including online courses, will be canceled on Wednesday, Sept. 28, Thursday, Sept. 29 and Friday, Sept. 30. All EFSC Campuses will be closed, and all events canceled as well, from Wednesday through Friday. Students should contact their instructors for questions about the impact on class assignments. EFSC Campuses will be open tomorrow, Sept. 27 for normal operations and all Tuesday classes will take place as scheduled. Review hurricane preparation tips. Brevard County will distribute sandbags on EFSC's Palm Bay Campus in the north parking lot from 8 AM to 6 PM Tuesday, which could impact traffic patterns. View our Student Services Guide for more information about on-campus and virtual student services. Updates will be shared here and via email, text and social media as needed.

Core Abilities to succeed in life

Eastern Florida State College's goal is to prepare students to live and work in a dynamically changing world by emphasizing student growth and lifelong learning. Through experiences both in and out of the classroom, students will be given the opportunity to develop critical skills needed to succeed in life, known as Core Abilities.

In keeping with our institutional mission and vision, EFSC promotes the development of the five key Core Abilities. The Core Abilities are supported by general education program learning outcomes, academic program learning outcomes, and student support services learning outcomes.

Learn more about the Core Abilities and their indicators by clicking on the accordion topics below or by downloading this file: Core Abilities and Their Indicators {PDF]

Keys for Preparing Students to Succeed in Life

Work Cooperatively

• Learner demonstrates the ability to act cooperatively and effectively in a diverse environment
• Learner demonstrates respectful interpersonal skills with working with others
• Learner provides and accepts constructive feedback
• Learner contributes to a group with ideas, suggestions, and effort

Think Critically & Solve Problems

• Learner demonstrates the ability to research, evaluate, interpret, synthesize, and apply knowledge across contexts
• Learner demonstrates the integration of culturally and aesthetically-based knowledge and understanding of problem-solving activities
• Learner demonstrates the integration of mathematically and scientifically-based knowledge and understanding into problem-solving activities

Process Information

• Learner identifies, locates, and uses appropriate technology and informational tools for research purposes
• Learner gathers required information
• Learner selects, synthesizes, and organizes information
• Learner evaluates and documents sources

Model Ethical & Civic Responsibility

• Learner accepts responsibility for his/her learning
• Learner demonstrates respect for the rights, views, and work of others
• Learner exhibits personal and academic honesty
• Learner exhibits responsibility in personal, civic, professional,
and educational environments

Communicate Effectively

• Learner applies appropriate reading, writing, speaking, new media, and active listening skills to express information, ideas, and opinions
• Learner uses appropriate technology that supports or facilitates communication
• Learner communicates effectively, appropriately, and professionally in verbal, nonverbal, and written forms