The Johnson County Community College athletic staff knows what to look for in a prospective student-athlete. To be a Cavalier is to have the determination to succeed – not only on the playing field but in the classroom as well. Balancing academic achievement with athletic success is a primary focus of Johnson County Community College athletics. To help achieve that balance, JCCC offers some of the best academic support services in college athletics. The purpose of the academic counseling program is to provide a well-organized and systematic approach to balancing the rigorous demands of academics and athletics at Johnson County.
Many elements have gone into making Johnson County’s athletes champions in the classroom in addition to being respected in their competitive fields: recruitment of quality students, strictly monitored counseling services, study halls and increased academic monitoring by the coaches. JCCC coaches work hand-in-hand with their team’s individual academic advisor in monitoring their student athletes’ academic progress. They also work with each student-athlete individually to help keep academics a priority and on track toward a degree. When it comes to academics, every measure is taken to ensure student-athletes are given the necessary support to reach their potential.
“Our student-athletes frequently note that they chose Johnson County not only for its strong athletic traditions but for its outstanding academic reputation,” said JCCC athletic director Carl Heinrich. “They realize the academic challenges that lie ahead, but understand the importance of strong academic preparation for their future careers.”
- JCCC’s fastpitch softball team has been honored as National Academic Champions five times (1992, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2004). The baseball team finished among the top 16 in the country in both academics and baseball in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Additionally in 2009, the team was awarded the Kansas Jayhawk Conference Baseball Scholar-Athlete Champion trophy for 2009. This is JCCC's first academic conference championship in the six-year history of the award. The women’s basketball team finished the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons among the top 15 academic teams in the country.
- Since 2000, JCCC has produced 138 NJCAA Academic All-Americans in all sports. Johnson County Community College led the nation in 2006 producing 16 NJCAA Academic All-Americans. In 2009-10, Johnson County Community College had a school record 19 athletes earn 21 honors. That total ranked JCCC second in the country.
- In the fall of 2010, 62 percent (130-of-209) of the JCCC student-athletes maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or better, and 19 recorded a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Some of the top teams last fall were volleyball with 85 percent of its roster at 3.0 or better. Baseball was at 79 percent, softball at 77 percent, women’s soccer 70 percent, women’s track and field 69 percent, women’s basketball 67 percent, men’s soccer, 63 percent and men’s track and field 62 percent.