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GOVERNOR’S NEW TENNESSEE VOLUNTEER CHALLENGE PROGRAM BEGINS THIS WEEK

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According to a news release, Gov. Bill Haslam is touting a new program that will give teens a chance to earn a high school equivalency diploma outside of the traditional means. The Tennessee Volunteer ChallNGe Academy is operated by the Tennessee National Guard out of the former Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville. The governor says that the program is to help youth “get on the right path” in order to become eligible for the Tennessee Promise college program. It’s a voluntary program open to 16 to 18-year-olds with no criminal record. During a 22-week residential phase, cadets focus on core components in a quasi-military environment. The program is scheduled to start this week with 100 cadets.