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Commonwealth ChalleNGe Archive
Posted on February 13, 2013 | No CommentsVIRGINIA BEACH – Cadets in class 38 of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy finished the two-week long, physically taxing, pre-ChalleNGe phase of the 22-week course recently and are now in the academic phase of the program, where they will focus on schoolwork with a goal of earning their General Educational Development certificate by their June graduation. Commonwealth ChalleNGe is the Virginia component of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. Located at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, it focuses on preparing at-risk teens and high school dropouts for the GED test and future employment, military or higher education opportunities. Offered free to at-risk teens ages 16 to 18, Commonwealth ChalleNGe is a statewide co-educational program with two components- a 22-week...
Posted on December 24, 2012 | No CommentsVIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — One hundred and fifty two cadets of Class 37 of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Program walked across the stage Dec. 22 at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach for the second largest graduating class in ChalleNGe history. Cadets received congratulations from retired Col. Jimmy J. Chandler, Director of ChalleNGe, retired Lt. Cmdr. Richard Guzman, Deputy Commander of ChalleNGe, and Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms, who was the guest speaker for the ceremony. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, the Deputy Adjutant General of Virginia, Brig. Gen. Janice Igou, Virginia National Guard Director of Interagency Operations, and Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis A. Green, the Virginia...