Background of the Foundation The John Zepp Foundation was set up in the United States in 1992, following the death of Mr. John Zepp. An American doctoral student in chemistry, John Zepp knew that he was dying of cancer, and in his will requested that a foundation be set up to help needy children. The foundation lasted only a few years before closing. However, in 2010 the JZF was given new life by his brother, Raymond, who had just set up a new university in Cambodia. The JZF was an informal organization that provided scholarships to underprivileged students to attend Dewey International University in Cambodia. Raymond Zepp and his Filipino wife Shekinah retired to the Philippines in 2013 to the town of San Guillermo in Isabela Province, Luzon. They wish to continue the work of the JZF by formally establishing a Foundation to improve the education of students in the rural town of San Guillermo and nearby areas. Mission Statement The mission of the John Zepp Foundation is to improve the education of various levels of students in and around San Guillermo, Philippines. These students include pre-school students, high school students, and students wishing to attend university. Vision Statement We see an integrated educational community in San Guillermo, where privately funded activities complement public education. We see young children being prepared privately for successful entry into grade one in the public schools. We see high school students studying for their public high school classes in a serious environment for education, including study halls, tutorial assistance, educational multimedia resources, etc. We also see young adults preparing for transfer into universities through online tutorials and short courses. Some of these students will receive full or part scholarships to attend local universities. Format of Courses Each course is equivalent to a three-credit semester course in the American system. Courses are semi-intensive, that is, they meet for only two months each. A full-time load is therefore only two courses. A full-time load for a year consists of two courses per term over five terms. That is 10 courses, or 30 semester credits per year, equivalent to a comparable American university academic year. A normal course load consists of one English-language course plus one other-subject course per term. For example, in the first term, a student may take English Readings for the Social Sciences together with Critical Thinking and Logic. However, even the other-subject courses will have a strong English language component, such as reading comprehension exercises or vocabulary-building. The ROCC has contacts with many universities around the world. We will write recommendations to students who wish to transfer to specialized programs in foreign universities. Our courses also prepare students to take the TOEFL examination or the IELTS examination. Students who pass these examinations and who have taken other basic courses at the ROCC will be able to gain admission into foreign English-medium universities. Cohort System Where possible, classes will be kept intact from term to term. Through weekly discussion forums, students will get to know one another as they pursue the same classes together.
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