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Scholar-Athletes Winning                                                                   Preparing Students
at Work and Play                                                                           for Today’s Job Market

    Our successful history in athletics includes alumni playing baseball in                    According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, by
                                                                                           the year 2020, 60 percent of jobs in the state will require a post-second-
the major leagues, four Junior College National Championships, and 14                      ary credential. Moreover, according to a study by Georgetown
                                                                                           University, employees with a baccalaureate degree earn 84 percent
Junior College World Series appearances before ascending to the                            more on average than those who only have a high school diploma.

four-year National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), where                      While the value of a credential is clear, employers consistently cite
                                                                                           the need for soft skills in today’s rapidly changing job market. To meet
we had a 2016 Baseball National Tournament appearance. The NAIA                            that need, we worked to turn Middle Georgia State's Career Services
approach to athletics is grounded in its Champions of Character                            office from an admittedly underused resource to an essential service for
program, which holds us accountable for putting the values of integrity,                   every student and alumni.

respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership into play.

    Our Women’s Tennis team made it to the second round at the 2016                            Career Services has organized four
NAIA National Championship, while the Men’s Team missed NAIA                               career fairs, with more to come. The
National Tournament by just one spot. And, our Club Football team won                      team has hosted at least one activity,
the national championship in the National Club Football Association                        such as Resume Review Day, on all five
(NCFA).                                                                                    campuses each month and recruited
                                                                                           area employers to conduct mock
    Five of our Softball players earned  • Baseball                                        interviews with students to help them      6,143
year-end NAIA Southern States            • Softball                                        practice their skills.
Athletic Conference (SSAC) awards.       • Basketball (men/women)                                                                     student-employer
Women’s Soccer player Sam Silva          • Soccer (men/women)                                  While many of our students are the
was the 2015 CoSIDA Academic             • Tennis (men/women)                              first in their families to go to college,  connections
All-American, making both the 2015       • Volleyball (women)*                             others are non-traditional students
2nd Team All-Conference and the          • Cross Country (women)*                          transitioning into new careers or          made in 2015-16
President’s List (3.8-4.0 GPA) all of                                                      graduate programs. This makes the
last year. Meanwhile, our Men’s Soccer                               *starting in 2016-17  work of Career Services at once critical
team features players like Carlos                                                          to our students’ success, and incredibly
Sandoval-Blanco, a senior in the                                                           varied.
Honors Program who has made the
Dean’s List every semester for the                                                                                                   Through MGA CareerLinks,
past two years and represents the                                                                                                employers can access resumes
Cochran Campus on the President’s                                                                                                of students and alumni. Matching
Torch Society.                                                                                                                   employer needs to student
                                                                                                                                 experience and skills is an
    Nearly one in five of our athletes                                                                                           ongoing service to employers
received NAIA academic awards last                                                                                               in search of talent.
year. In short, our teams are not just
winning on the field of play—they are
made up of hard-working scholar

                                                                                           MGA students network with employers
                                                                                           at a Career Fair on the Macon Campus
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