CANVAS Training begins for Bears’ student-athletes
Three training sessions held over 24-hour period for PC Student-Athlete Scholastic Success Program
Phoenix, Arizona – August 16, 2013 -- Phoenix College is proud to announce that three training sessions for the school’s Student-Athlete Scholastic Success Program was held this afternoon on the PC campus. The announcement signals the college’s continuing commitment to the academic success of the 250+ student-athletes on its campus. The announcement comes just four days before classes for the PC 2013 fall semester begin for all students on campus.
While the academic success of the Bears’ athletic teams has been outstanding over the years-routinely yielding multiple NJCAA Academic All-Americans and NJCAA Academic All-American teams every year-school officials have continued to strive to increase the cumulative grade point average of its student-athletes. In the summer of 2011, PC officials designed and created a building on campus to give SASS a strong chance for success. The Center for Athletic Victory and Education-otherwise known as ‘The C.A.V.E.’) was opened in January of 2012 right in the middle of the school’s athletic facilities to give student-athletes a centralized location to study, do homework, check out textbooks and computers, and even receive tutoring. Full computer and internet capabilities are also available in ‘The C.A.V.E.’ The next move was to create study tables for student-athletes. The latest innovation officially commenced Thursday with training sessions in ‘The C.A.V.E.’ for the Student-Athlete Scholastic Success Program, or SASS. SASS ensures that Bears’ student-athletes have all of the resources they need to achieve their degree and advance to a four-year scholastic institution. By the end of business day Friday, all of the more than 250 student-athletes on campus (as well as their coaches) and will have gone through the training sessions so that they will be fully prepared to utilize the components of SASS when they begin classes on Monday.
PC Athletic Department Officials expect that SASS will continue to build on what is already plenty of impressive academic numbers coming out of the Bears’ Athletic Department. In 2012-13 alone: a dozen student-athletes were named NJCAA Academic All-Americans (each achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher); four programs achieved NJCAA Academic All-American team status (each with a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher); and 66 student-athletes transferred to a four-year institution.