Vancouver: Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is teaming up with the Vancouver Giants to pilot a premier academic program for the WHL team’s athletes.

Ten hockey players are currently enrolled in the pilot program, which delivers a university-level course adjusted to players’ travel schedules, along with individual academic advising, weekly sessions with an instructor and KPU student-athlete peer tutoring.

“This exciting program gives these talented student-athletes the ability to pursue their athletic ambitions while not having to sacrifice a post-secondary education to do so. KPU is committed to supporting students as they pursue quality education both inside and outside the classroom. This new educational platform is the first of its kind at KPU, and will support our student-athletes as they seek success as Eagles and as Giants,” said KPU President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Alan Davis.

Launched for the first time this January, the Vancouver Giants academic platform introduces players to post-secondary education in a way that complements their athletic ambitions. After the inaugural condensed intro to higher education course wraps up March 12, players will potentially have access to courses in journalism, communications, criminology and psychology.

Both KPU and the Vancouver Giants are looking to grow the pilot academic platform into a comprehensive program that meets the individual post-secondary aspirations of the team’s players as they progress through their hockey careers.

“We are excited about working with our education partners at KPU to provide exciting and relevant programs for our student-athletes. Many thanks to LMS Reinforcing Steel Group for their support of the Giants, KPU and this initiative,” said Giants co-owner Lewis Bublé.