BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes provides students with multiple opportunities to student-athletes to prepare them for their academic career as well as their future career paths.
With the help of LSU’s Career Services, CCACSA hosted its first annual Student-Athlete Networking Reception with 22 employers from various companies ranging from Fidelity Investments and State Farm.
“The student-athlete networking reception was a great opportunity for student-athletes to introduce themselves to highly established business and organizations,” said tennis’ John Michael Busch.
“Employers showed an immediate interest in participating in this event which bodes well for future recruitment events,” said LSU Career Services Coordinator Blake Winchell. “The students that attended impressed the recruiters with their enthusiasm and professionalism and many of the companies are excited about returning to the CCACSA next year for a similar event.”
In addition to the networking reception, CCACSA hosted its New Student Interest Program. This program provides students with an opportunity to complete a career assessment inventory.
Each student received detailed, personalized report based on their assessments and participated in a series of activities designed to encourage them to think about their interests and also to educate them about possible majors and career paths.
“The goals of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes are very clear: Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve,” said LSU’s Softball Director of Operations Quinlan Duhon. “I am blessed to be one of the many who reap the benefits of the academic center in my daily life. Programs like this are very important to the next generation of athletes at LSU, because they set the standard for excellence on the journey towards graduation.”
The goal of the CCACSA's New Student Interest Program is to increase the student-athletes awareness of different fields and careers they may consider and facilitating exposure is the primary goal.
“I feel that the event was very well needed and allowed us to get a better view of what we could each end up doing with our academics beyond our time in sports,” said football’s DeSean Smith.