ChalleNGe Program Approaches

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The quasi-military model focuses on learning through experience.

The quasi-military model is at the core of the ChalleNGe experience and is a significant part of what makes the program unique. Cadets are progressively given empowerment opportunities based on performance. Cadre accordingly adjust their approach – transitioning from an adversarial role to a coaching role to finally a supportive role – as cadets are increasingly empowered. A wide variety of experiences are developed and provided to cadets based on the eight core components.

Some programs more closely follow the military basic training model.

Some programs place greater emphasis on the aspects of the ChalleNGe experience that are closely borrowed from the military. In these types of programs, cadre maintain tight control of the cadet company throughout the Residential Phase. Standards are clearly communicated and compliance is measured against these standards. Discipline is administered using physical training and cadet empowerment is typically only minimally allowed late in the Residential Phase.

Some state programs place greater value on academic performance.

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There are some state programs that place greater emphasis on the education element of the program. All staff manage cadets primarily to support the academic environment. While the other core components are addressed, education is highly valued. Additional academic opportunities and methods are incorporated to facilitate and maximize learning.