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April 25, 2016

RPCC and Louisiana National Guard Team up for youth

Gonzales -   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.

 Maj. 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.

 The 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.”

 Cadets 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.

 In 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 skill certification.

 “This 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 Program.”

 The 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.

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River Parishes Community College in Sorrento, La., is an open-admission, two-year, postsecondary public institution dedicated to developing and assisting students in achieving personal, professional and academic success. A component of the Louisiana Community and Technical College system and its board of supervisors, RPCC serves the Louisiana river parishes by providing transferable courses and curricula through certificates and associate's degrees. Please visit www.rpcc.edu or call (225) 675-8270 for more information.