- The Louisiana National Guard Youth
Challenge Program (YCP) at The Gillis W. Long Center and River Parishes
Community College (RPCC) took the first step today to allow cadets to attend
technical classes at the college while enrolled in the residential phase of
YCP. The program is the first-of-its-kind
for both organizations.
Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, and Dr.
Dale A. Doty, Chancellor of RPCC, signed a technical skills training partnership
agreement today during an inspection of the campus by Curtis and Col. Michael
J. Borrel, Director of Education Programs for the Louisiana National Guard.
partnership will allow approximately 30 cadets to participate in two areas of
study at RPCC while enrolled in the 22 week residential phase at YCP.
“We are very excited to begin a new
partnership with River Parishes Community College that will allow us to increase
the opportunities available to our youth at the Louisiana National Guard's
Youth Challenge Program,” Curtis said. “Together with RPCC, these young men and
women will be able to earn industry credentials to set them on a career path.
Together, we are beginning something great.”
may enroll in Drafting and Design technology, consisting of 15 semester hours, or
Welding Technology, consisting of 18 semester hours. Fifteen cadets will enroll
in each class.
addition to preparing for and taking a High School Equivalency Test, called
HiSET, upon completion of the courses at RPCC, cadets will earn an industry
is a great opportunity for us to step into a role only Community Colleges can
fill, transforming the lives of youth who need a little extra help,” said Doty.
“We’re proud to join the Louisiana Youth Challenge
Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program (YCP) is a free alternative
education program which offers 16-18 year-old at-risk students an opportunity
to earn their high school equivalency diploma, and change their future through
participation in an innovative program which emphasizes self-discipline,
leadership, and responsibility.
“This partnership with RPCC
will provide college training to YCP cadets who may not otherwise have had an
opportunity to visit a college campus, or chosen to pursue a skill
certification,” said Borrel. “Initiatives such as this, continue to further the
mission of the Louisiana National Guard and the Youth Challenge Program.”
River Parishes Community
College focuses on building the workforce
of today and tomorrow through specific skill training and providing
transferrable courses and curricula leading to certification and associate
degrees. RPCC works closely with its communities to provide programs for
personal, professional and academic growth.