1. There will be a cap of 25 students for the academic year of 2013-2014.
2. The interview process has begun. If you are interested in our program please call Sister Gilchrist, CE at 941-322-1601.
3. Once you have scheduled an interview, you will be advised of information about a placement exam. This is not an entrance exam. There will be accommodations such as untimed testing, re- wording of questions and some parts read aloud.
4. Shepherd’s Field will be partnering with South Florida State College, an accredited college for the first few years.
5. In the Fall Semester all students will temporarily enter the College Credit Certificate program. These credits are transferrable to AA, AS and B.S. degrees.
6. At the end of the Fall semester there will be a review with each student individually to discern the following choices:
a. Continue in the College Credit Certificate Program.
b. Pursue an AA degree in Agriculture.
c. Pursue an AS degree in Agriculture.
7. Shepherd’s Field will start with three courses in the Fall Semester of 2013.
a. One course will be held at a campus of South Florida State College. (Transportation will be provided). Most likely this will be one day a week.
b. Two courses will be held at Shepherd’s Field campus at Ave Maria Preparatory School. One course will be in Agriculture and the other course will one of the “Transition” courses, designed
to give students employability skills in agriculture and life skills for living independently.
8. Second semester courses will be based on which path is chosen by each student.
10. Transportation will be provided for students attending Shepherd’s Field from Sarasota, Bradenton and Arcadia, FL.
11.Tuition: “ Agriculture” courses are $104.52. per credit (3 credits per course). “Transition” Courses are $250. per course.
12. Scholarships: You can apply for THE “JOHNSON SCHOLARSHIP” and ” The “PELL grant” available to our students. In addition, check the Florida Department of Education for additional grants.
13. We are working on the living on campus part of Shepherd’s Field. This is definitely part of the total experience planned in the vision of Shepherd’s Field.
Several persons in the greater community of Florida are coming together to support Shepherd’s Field. This includes parents of Ave Maria alumni, several persons in the Florida Senate, Florida House members, the Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Florida, physicians, farm coalitions, ECHO Farms (an international sustainable farming outreach), educators, foundations, teachers and physicians. It appears that Florida is one of the best places to initiate this program. However, we see Shepherd’s Field as a prototype for other parts of country and other countries.
Our Shepherd’s Field website is not updated because of the quickly moving information on this development. Give us a few weeks and most of this and more will be posted.
Please support this project with your prayers.
A BUDGET FOR SHEPHERD’S FIELD HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AS OF MARCH 5TH, 2013