Texas Challenge Academy: Alternative Education 10/2/13
CBS 7 News
October 2, 2013
Students eat, sleep, and learn all in one place, but it's not a boarding or military school.
The Texas Challenge Academy is a Texas National Guard alternative campus in the Iraan-Sheffield school district.
TCA recruits at risk students from all over the state. Students with truancy issues who are behind in credits, and even some involved in drugs or gang activity.
For some, it's the last chance to get their act together and either graduate or get their G.E.D.
"Without some sort of high school credential, they’re not going anywhere in life,” says Program Director Michael Weir.
But they must willingly enroll.
Cadet Hayden Solis was a junior at Permian High School who was having disciplinary issues.
Structure and a more one on one education, put this cadet's hopes of going to college within reach.
"You have teachers that are willing to work with you, willing to help you, and willing to help you succeed in life," says Solis.
After five and a half months, Solis and his classmates will have the necessary skills to enter the workforce, the military, or pursue higher education.
Currently, Texas Challenge Academy is the only program of its kind, but the Texas National Guard hopes to add at least three more throughout the state.
For more information, visit http://www.ngycp.org/site/state/tx/.