Academic Excellence

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 former 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 ranked academic teams in the country in the country six straight years (2008-13). In 2013, JCCC ranked third nationally with a team grade point average of 3.34., both the highest marks in team history.  Additionally in 2009, the team was awarded the Kansas Jayhawk Conference Baseball Scholar-Athlete Champion trophy for 2009. This was JCCC's first academic conference championship in the six-year history of the award.
  • The women’s basketball team has finished among the top academic teams in the country in the WBCA rankings four of the past eight seasons.
  • The women's tennis team honored as National Academic Champions in 2013-14 with a 3.83 team grade point average.
  • JCCC athletes have earned 422 national academic honors in all sports, including 323 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete awards. Johnson County Community College led the nation in 2006 producing 16 NJCAA Academic Student Athlete awards. 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 2014-15 JCCC produced a record 22 students that were honored, and in 2016 more than doubled that with 46 earning academic distinction by the NJCAA.
  • In the fall of 2016, 67 percent (127-of-189) 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 the softball team with 83 percent of its roster at 3.0 or better. Baseball was at 81 percent, followed by women’s basketball at 79 percent and volleyball at 76 percent.
  • Two Johnson County Community College student-athletes have been honored as part of the USA TODAY'S All-USA Academic Team for Community and Junior Colleges. Zichuan Qu of the men's cross country team was the first in 2007. A year later Viktoryia Schnose of the women's tennis team was selected.