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LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM 

Kansas State University and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to our student-athletes’ overall experience, including the completion of their degree, career planning, campus and community service and personal development.

The program values the individual contributions and the diversity of people associated with Kansas State University. The program has a strong commitment to providing student-athletes with an inclusive environment.

The program strives for student-athlete development and achievement at Kansas State and preparation for the future. 

COMMITTED TO CAREER DEVELOPMENT 

K-State's Life Skills Program is committed to the career development of current and former student athletes by providing opportunities through various programs and resources such as:

Career Cats
The Career Cats program is comprised of a series of workshops hosted by Student Services and Career and Employment Services that include sessions on the following:
     • Resume Building and Critiques
     • Dress for Success
     • Networking Night
     • Mock Interviewing
     • Dining Etiquette

C. Clyde Jones Career Cat Luncheon
All workshops conclude with the C. Clyde Jones Career Cat Luncheon. Student Services staff works with students to identify potential career fields or areas of employment interest. Based on those interests, local and area employers are invited to have lunch with the student athletes. Students have an opportunity to network, ask questions, and experience mock interviews with a number of employers.

Based on these initial connections made at the luncheon student athletes have come away with internships and jobs with companies such as RTS Financial, ConocoPhillips, Koch Industries, and others.


Career Athletes

K-State Athletics and Student Services has an inside connection to Career Athletes with Dirk Ochs, former K-State football student athlete and current Career Athletes Vice President for Operations. Dirk makes frequent trips back to campus to provide workshops and to participate in the Career Cat Luncheon.

Career Athletes has been focused on providing educational and career service resources, technology solutions, and career mentoring networks...assisting and connecting current and former student-athletes, college athletic administrators, athletic alumni organizations and hiring managers throughout the United States. Career Athletes possesses the largest member based community of current/alumni student-athletes, representing a growing legion of athletes, athletic departments and hundreds of national, regional and local employers. Today, our on-campus training and development seminars to student-athletes are the most relied upon in the nation, with over 800 seminars conducted and over 240,000 student-athletes educated on-campus within college athletic departments at the NCAA, NAIA and Junior Colleges level.
Visit careerathletes.com


Career and Employment Services
Career and Employment Services provides an on-campus career resource for student athletes. The professional advising staff at CES is available to assist students with resume development, interview skills, job searching, and other career-related concerns. Students can sign up for free accounts to help them search and apply for jobs/internships, connect with employers, and sign up for on-campus interviews. CES hosts several career fairs to give students the opportunity to explore employment options with a variety of employers. K-State Athletics has partnered with CES as the majority of the Career Cat workshops are hosted and presented by CES staff members.
Career and Employment Services

COMMITTED TO PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 

K-State Life Skills Program has in place resources to help our student athletes develop as young adults and not just competitors on the playing field. The following programs and resources are accessible to our student athletes.

Powercat Mentor Program
Student athletes are paired with a K-State faculty or staff member to encourage academic achievement and emphasize career development skills. By connecting the student athletes with faculty or staff member, students have access to an additional resource on campus to assist in their educational and personal efforts toward graduation and to life beyond the jersey.

Scholar Skills Workshops
Student athletes have the opportunity as a collective group or in individual teams to attend workshops, seminars and guest speakers to enhance their development not only as athletes, but as young adults. Student athletes are exposed to topics including but not limited to the following:
     • Drug and Alcohol Awareness
     • Money management and Financial responsibility
     • Image management and character
     • Nutrition
     • Sexual Health and Awareness
     • Leadership
     • Diversity
     • Deciding a program of study

Sport Psychology
K-State is fortunate to have its own Director of Sport Psychology to assist student-athlete as they strive balance the demands of school, life, and athletics. Dr. Ian Connole is a valuable resource to entire teams or to individual student-athletes and appointments can be scheduled here. Topics covered might include but are not limited to:
     • Crystallizing goals and motivations
     • Managing emotions effectively
     • Focusing on the right things at the right time
     • Improving team dynamics
     • Overcoming stress, anxiety, and pressure

Leadership Opportunities
In addition to leadership roles within their respective teams, student athletes have numerous opportunities to grow and push themselves to be leaders away from the playing field as well. K-State student athletes participate in Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Big 12 Leadership Summits, NCAA Career in Sports Forums, and other athletic or on-campus committees, groups and organizations.

COMMITTED TO THE COMMUNITY 

In the Community

Cats for Cans
Over 200 K-State student athletes volunteered their time for the annual Cats for Cans food drive, which benefits the Flint Hills Breadbasket. The drive helps fight hunger in the Manhattan area. Fans are encouraged to bring canned goods or other non-perishable food items. Look for your K-State student athlete collectors in parking lots and in collection bins. Last year’s drive prior to the K-State vs. Texas football game on November 6 brought in almost 5500 pounds of food and cash donations of $4200. The 2011 Cats for Cans game is vs. Texas AM on November 12.

Read to Achieve
Read to Achieve is a reading program partnership between K-State student athletes and the students at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School. Our student athletes read, tutor and interact with various TR classes by assisting teachers with daily classroom activities, playing games on the play ground, eating lunch or by simply listening to a child. Student athletes contribute as their daily schedules allow and help the children develop and understand the importance of education.

Adopt-a-Family
K-State student-athletes, coaches, the Flint Hills Breadbasket and the Salvation Army work together each holiday season to help out Manhattan and surrounding communities by participating in the annual Adopt-a Family program. Students have the privilege of providing holiday gifts to families who would otherwise be without during the holiday season.

This past holiday season K-State Teams adopted five different families comprised of 13 total individuals. Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members collected from their fellow student athletes and teammates enough money for those family members to receive approximately $121 each. Student athletes are responsible for shopping to complete the families’ holiday wish lists, wrapping, and delivering the gifts directly to their families.

Special Olympics Sports Clinic
Each spring K-State student athletes host an annual sports clinic for the athletes who are a part of the Kansas Special Olympics. Olympians travel from Manhattan, Junction City, Topeka, Wichita, Shawnee, Baileyville, and other surrounding areas. The clinic features sports stations involving golf, equestrian, volleyball, football, track and field, basketball, rowing and fitness/agility. Olympians rotate from station to station and participate in the drills with their favorite K-State athletes. Student athletes conclude the afternoon with lunch, autographs, a visit from Willie the Wildcat, and a trip to the baseball game where an Olympian throws out the first pitch.

Tip-off for TP
The 2011 spring semester celebrated the first year of this service initiative. K-State student athletes worked with the Manhattan Emergency Shelter to collect paper towels, toilet paper and trash bags, products which are staples at MESI and for those living at MESI. This year, items were collected at the Women’s Basketball game vs. KU and the Men’s Basketball game vs. Nebraska. Between the two games, student athletes collected 1390 trash bags, 1037 rolls of toilet paper, 239 rolls of paper towels, 36 boxes of Kleenex and cash donations totaling $820.

Walkin’ With a Wildcat
Walkin’ With a Wildcat is a mentor program that pairs K-State student athletes with students at Eisenhower Middle School. Our athletes build a personal relationship with these youth by supporting their educational growth, individual goals and needs associated with transitioning into middle school. Student Athletes participate based on their daily schedules and share with their mentee their own life experiences two to three times a month during the school year.

CONTACT STUDENT SERVICES 

Student Services for Intercollegiate Athletics
Athletic Learning Center
2201 Kimball Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502

Office Fax: 785-532-5191
Phone: 785-532-5190