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College and Guard's Youth Program to sign MOU

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MINDEN, La., (KNOE 8 News) – The Louisiana National Guard's Youth Challenge Program and Bossier Parish Community College will sign a Memorandum of Understanding at Camp Minden, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m.

The Memorandum of Understanding will allow cadets passing the GED test to take course assessments with the potential to earn up to 15 college credits at BPCC. This will be a statewide initiative providing college access to YCP students at all three locations – Camp Minden, Camp Beauregard in Pineville, and Gillis W. Long Center in Carville.

The Louisiana National Guard YCP is a program which offers at-risk adolescents an opportunity to change their future in many ways, including the opportunity to earn a GED. The Louisiana program achieves an 83% GED pass rate and an average grade increase of three grade levels.

The Youth Challenge Program is a disciplined, military-style training program for 16-18 year old high school drop-outs who volunteer to attend a 22-week residential phase and a 12-month post-residential phase. The program graduates more than 1,400 students annually and has graduated more than 19,843 students since its inception in 1994.

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