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November 22, 2010

Career Support for Student Athletes

Cheretta Robson Facilitates at National NCAA Forum

For the vast majority of NCAA Division I student athletes, college will be the last time they play competitively in their chosen sport, but it doesn’t mean they have to leave athletics behind. For the second year in a row Cheretta Robson, Assistant Director of Career Development at the St. Francis College Career Center will be a facilitator at the NCAA Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis.

The NCAA forum helped more than 400 student athletes from across the country learn about coaching and administration positions in athletics and taught them skills like communication, networking, recruiting, managing culture, transitioning and budgeting. Robson was one of only 16 facilitators chosen from a pool of 100 who mentored and taught students during the four day conference.

“Student Athletes make a huge commitment when they play at a Division I college,” said Robson. “Combine that with their academic work and it leaves them very little time to focus on the future. It’s our responsibility to prepare them for their next steps as best we can.”

Robson’s commitment to St. Francis’ students did not stop after the first NCAA forum. This semester she has held two seminars for student-athletes; teaching them how to build a better resume and the best way to conduct a job or internship search.

The lectures are part of the wider T3 program (Total Terrier Training) which helps student-athletes explore career options, develop job search skills, and make informed career decisions.

“We want the T3 program to help our student-athletes translate their competitive success on the field, to success with their chosen careers,” added Robson. “As a whole, these students tend to be both resourceful and driven. We just need to help direct them.”

The 2011 NCAA Career in Sports Forum will be held in June.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.
St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

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