Gov. Justice announces state’s 2nd Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy opens in southern West Virginia

Gov. Jim Justice announced today that the West Virginia National Guard’s Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy South, located in Montgomery, has officially opened for its inaugural class of 72 cadets, representing 30 counties across the state.

MCA South is the second National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program to open in the West Virginia. It provides educational opportunities for at-risk youth, ages 16-18, in a 22-week quasi-military residential program focused on eight core components. In addition, the Mountaineer Job ChalleNGe Program is available on the campus for cadets or recent graduates who want to earn industry-recognized certifications in fields such as manufacturing, medical technician, pre-apprenticeship, energy sector, and more.

“None of this would have been possible without the support of our congressional delegation – Senators Manchin and Capito and Congressman McKinley – who, in a bi-partisan fashion, advocated for additional capacity in West Virginia through securing federal funds and leading the ChalleNGe Caucus in Congress that has helped to grow the program,” Hoyer continued.

“The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy has made a difference in the lives of thousands of young West Virginians,” said Rep. David McKinley. “Over the years I’ve met many of these young men and women and heard the stories of how the Youth ChalleNGe program has helped them turn their life around. Expanding to a second location will reach many more at-risk kids across West Virginia. We will continue to use our role as the co-chair of the Congressional Youth ChalleNGe Caucus to support MCA’s mission and ensure their success.”

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