Harlan County, KY. – The Appalachian Challenge Academy (ACA) opened its doors to its first class in the summer of 2012. This past Sunday, they welcomed class number 17.
The Academy is part of a nation-wide program operated by the National Guard Bureau and is located in Harlan County. By implementing a quasi-military environment, the ACA works to mold and shape the youth in its ranks. It is their goal to provide cadets with the tools that will allow them to be successful and engaged citizens later in life.
Along with the excitement of welcoming a new class of cadets, the COVID-19 crisis created some extra challenges for staff members at the Academy.
“We’ve made a vast list of modifications to our program to fit the new normal and still maintain our program integrity,” said ACA Assistant Director Colby French.
During intake on Sunday, all cadets and staff members were tested for COVID-19 with a rapid test.
Out of the 116 people tested, each test was negative for COVID-19.
The Academy’s top priority is keeping cadets and staff safe.
Social distancing is practiced throughout the building.
To learn more about the new safety regulations the ACA is implementing check out this story from our partners at WYMT.
For more information about the Appalachian Challenge Academy visit their website.