Written by Tom Kippen
Last updated on February 15, 2013 @ 8:15PM
Created on February 15, 2013 @ 7:09PM
Programs like the Mountaineer Challenge Academy have been teaching students to make better life choices for nearly 20 years. Friday the cadets and their parents received some big news.
For the first time in the program's history, the cadets will now have the chance to earn a traditional high school diploma instead of GED. This is all thanks to the collaboration of the West Virginia National Guard, the West Virginia Department Of Education, and the Mountaineer Challenge Academy.
The cadets have to go through a three step program designed by the academy before they can earn their diploma. Students, parents, and staff were very excited to hear about this new opportunity.
Program Director Kathy Tasker said "We found out Sunday at an interim committee meeting with the legislature and we have been over the moon ever since. This is a professional goal achieved and we were thrilled to offer this to the students of West Virginia"
Academy officials hope Friday's announcement will help them reach more high risk kids throughout the state.