Western, Challenge Academy Formalize Partnership

Western Technical College and the Wisconsin Challenge Academy announced today a new educational partnership, providing college credit upon completion of the Challenge program.

The Wisconsin Challenge Academy is an alternative education program designed for at-risk youth to provide values, skills, education and self-discipline necessary to succeed as adults. Students enrolled at the Challenge Academy will now have the opportunity to earn three credits after successfully completing the 22-week program at Ft. McCoy. The agreement is possible through Credit for Prior Learning, where students earn educational credit for real-life experiences.

“We discovered the Challenge Academy’s curriculum satisfies the requirements of Western’s Professionalism and Success course,” said Tracy Noyes, Credit for Prior Learning specialist at Western. “These students will now not only earn their GED through the Academy, but three credits towards a degree. We hope this opportunity will encourage cadets to continue post secondary education.”

“Each year, hundreds of Wisconsin’s youth who are at-risk of not graduating high school make the choice to enroll in the Challenge Academy,” said Peter Blum, deputy director of Admissions, Recruitment, and Community Relations for the Challenge Academy. “We are thrilled to see Western offer our Cadets the opportunity to earn college credits while enrolled in the program.”

What an awesome partnership!