This Week at Challenge, Week 15
Week 15 saw the cadets hitting their stride, working harder and anticipating graduation. Testing has been a big theme the past couple of weeks, as well as physical training, drill and ceremony and service to community. Only four weeks until second break, the cadets are already talking about seeing their families again, and showing off all they have learned.
The cadets take a lot of tests while they are at OYCP, and all of the tests have long answer sheets. The TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) is used to monitor the progress of the cadets. It is given during week 2 and again in week 18. Some of our cadets will be taking the NCRC Test. The National Career Readiness Certificate examination assesses an individual’s skill level in three areas deemed critical for employability: Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information. For some students, a high score on this test may count as meeting state requirements for graduation. The test shows how much the cadets have improved in reading, English and math. Cadets have also taken the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), a basic skills test, and some will take the GED. This is all on top of the 10 math and 10 English tests that we require. Sometimes it is amazing that the cadets have time to do anything else.
School this week was centered on writing. Students wrote an essay for social studies on the Elections and Parties, while in careers they are working on an essay describing their three main job skills. In health they stayed a little closer to home studying nutrition and calories.
Last Thursday, the cadets all received their individual awards. With ribbons available in everything from Academics to Physical Training, the cadets were very excited to see where they are excelling. Along with rewards, new Cadet Platoon Leaders were assigned, giving a new cadet the chance to learn about Leadership/Followership. With so much going on, the cadets are buzzing around the facility doing their assigned jobs and preparing for the final portion of the program.
With only six weeks to go, parental support is needed more than ever. Many cadets are getting anxious as they can sense the end goal is near. Your children need your help in finishing the program and taking that first step towards a better and brighter future. Now is the time to start making plans with your cadet for the upcoming break. Get their input on some fun family activities so that you and your cadet can spend some time re-connecting. Please continue to write to them and show your cadet, not only how proud you are of them, but also how succeeding in the present can only lead to better things in their future.