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October 26, 2012


Academy for struggling teens accepting applications

An alternative program for “at-risk” youth, the Wisconsin Challenge Academy is now accepting applications for its next class of cadets entering Jan. 17, 2013. Located at Fort McCoy, the Academy offers teens that are at risk of not graduating a chance to earn their High School Equivalency Diploma, learn essential job and life-coping skills and, most importantly, develop the strength of character to become responsible citizens.

To qualify for this no-cost program, Families, applicants, both male and female, must be at least 16-years nine-months old but not yet 19, and have dropped out of school, been expelled, or be at least a year behind in credits. Candidates must not have been convicted of a felony and cannot be on adult parole or probation at time of entry.

“Challenge Academy has allowed me to put my life back on course” Cadet Dustin Bernhardt, West Bend, a current cadet said. “Just 12 weeks ago I was nothing but a lazy and unmotivated youth with no direction. I left high school because I was failing to try online schooling, but still I accomplished nothing. Now, because of Challenge Academy I have direction and have set goals for my future. I am looking forward to a career path in engineering.”

For someone who has the desire to get his or her life back on the right path, the Challenge Academy may be a step in the right direction. Call the Admissions Department toll free at 866-968-8422 or locally 608-269-4605 for an application, or visit the Challenge Academy’s website at http://www.challengeacademy.org/.

(Submitted by the Wisconsin Army and Air National Guard Public Affairs Office.)

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