Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy

Cadets enrolled in the Mountaineer Challenge Academy are experiencing a fresh start in a new school complex complete with State of the art classrooms, computer labs, and gymnasium and fitness room. In 2012, the GED success rate for the 202 program graduates
was 76%. This program works! ChalleNGe helps reclaim teens who have given up on the traditional education system.

The mission of the ChalleNGe Academy
is to train and mentor selected at-risk youth using the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program’s 8 core components in a quasi-military environment during a 22 week residential and one year follow-up program. The ChalleNGe Academy’s “whole person” concept has helped graduate 2559 West Virginia teens since opening in 1993.

With graduates from all 55 counties, the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy offers a safe, secure, structured training environment for volunteer youth who strive to improve their life, enhance their future, and who are ultimately better for having the ChalleNGe experience.

The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy continues to look for networking opportunities with county and community organizations across the State to increase public awareness, attract potential Cadets and train future Mentors. Applications are accepted year round for classes which begin in January and July. Download
an application and see the latest Academy information on the web or

ChalleNGe Statistics
31 percent enter the workforce

9 percent join the Armed Forces
22 percent attend vocational training
24 percent return to high school
14 percent attend college

Our Programs...


    The Joint Interagency Training and Education Center is the Guard's leader in Weapons of Mass Destruction training and education.

  • Civil Support Team

    The CST identifies Weapons of Mass Destruction threats and assists state and federal authorities in developing an appropriate response.

  • National Maintenance Program

    Our National Maintenance Programs and Special Repair Activities have helped the WVNG to win two Army Community of Excellence competitions.

  • Advanced Mobility Training Area

    The Advanced Mobility Training Area provides service members with skills to operate safely in challenging environments

  • State Partnership Program

    Since 1996, our State Partnership Program has helped bridge military, educational and cultural gaps with our partners in Peru.


    STARBASE is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) enrichment program
that seeks to spark students’ interest in science.

  • ChalleNGe Academy

    ChalleNGe Academy trains and mentors selected at-risk youth using the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program in a quasi-military environment.

  • Safety Program

    Our Safety Office conducts Occupational Safety and Health Administrative training for service members to include Motorcycle ATV Safety courses.