Flexibility fit for a pro (Part 1)

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Craig Schira Hockey Player WHL AHL Athabasca University Flexibility fit for a ProA large reality for many post-secondary students is that hectic schedules often run up against prohibitive class times and restrictive learning opportunities.

At AU, those who want to pursue their university education—at a pace they can handle, with flexibility their demanding schedules require—aren’t running into a stop sign.

There’s a reason that 83 per cent of AU students work while they study!

This includes professional athletes…

This flexibility stretches to the Canadian Football League (CFL). AU is the official education provider for its players—through its partnership with the CFL Player’s Association (CFLPA), AU courses provide professional football players in the CFL the flexibility they require.

And the same applies to the players of the Western Hockey League (WHL). WHL players are able to combine their university course studies with a demanding hockey schedule. As part of the comprehensive WHL Education and Scholarship program offered to all players, WHL Clubs will cover the cost of the post-secondary courses offered by AU.

At AU, those who want to pursue their university education—at a pace they can handle, with flexibility their demanding schedules require—aren’t running into a stop sign.”

Coming next week

Craig Schira started studying with AU back in 2008, when he enrolled in entrepreneurial studies. Then a WHL player for the Vancouver Giants, Craig was one of the first WHL players to “officially” study with us. He has continued his studies over the years and, is now, just one course shy of receiving his university certificate in Management Foundations.

Considering the places he has played, Craig’s studies have adapted to his  environment. Hockey rink, hotel room, or on the bus between games, Craig has thoroughly enjoyed the flexibility that online education at AU has afforded him. His hockey career has included seasons in the WHL, the American Hockey League (AHL), the Finnish Elite League, and the Championship Hockey League in Sweden (where he currently plays for Luleå SF).

And, as he gets closer to completing that certificate program, he’s learning even more about balance—he and his wife are expecting their second child in May.

Fittingly, in between games during Luleå SF’s run in the playoffs, Craig was able to answer a few questions for us via email. Read our Q&A with Craig Schira. 

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