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 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 six 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 336 national academic honors in all sports, including 241 NJCAA Academic All-America honors. 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 2014, 67 percent (140-of-21)) of the JCCC student-athletes maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or better, and 37 recorded a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Those were both record totals for the JCCC athletic department. Some of the top teams were the volleyball team with 100 percent of its roster at 3.0 or better. Baseball was at 81 percent, women's soccer at 78 percent, softball and women's track at 75 percent and men's soccer at 71 percent.