Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy

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A program that helps at-risk teens could get its state funding extended. The Joint Transportation, Highways, and Military Affairs Committee has drafted a bill that will extend state financial support for the Wyoming Cowboy ChalleNGe Academy.

The academy is part of a National Guard initiative that recruits at-risk teens who have either dropped out of school or are thinking of dropping out of school. At the Cowboy ChalleNGe Academy in Guernsey, about 250 cadets attend the military-style program and earn a high-school equivalency certificate each year.

Wyoming Cowboy ChalleNGe Academy

Nearly 1 in 5 Wyoming high school students drop out every year. Today, we take a look at a program that aims to find dropouts and get them back on track before it’s too late. And as Aaron Schrank reports, it’s run not by the state’s Education Department, but it’s Military Department.

SCHRANK: When Francisco Jovel dropped out of Pinedale High School last year, he was three years behind on class credits. He’d been in and out of the Wyoming Boys’ School in Worland for breaking and entering and theft. He was running out of options.