EAGLE LAKE, Texas – For two weeks, cadets were taken out of their comfort zones and thrown into a new reality – the Texas ChalleNGe Academy’s 17-month program.
From early morning physical training to mid-day marching and learning the ropes of the military-style education program, nearly 100 students transitioned from TCA-E candidate to cadet July 29, 2016, at the TCA-E campus in Eagle Lake, earning a set of dog tags and their official...
By 1st Lt. Alicia Lacy
Texas Joint Counterdrug Taskforce Public Affairs
HOUSTON – They constructed birdhouses and tested its strength, they designed their own unmanned aerial vehicles, they sent rockets flying through a tube in the classroom, they discovered the properties of materials created with nanotechnology and assessed the solubility of different materials and learned how global positioning systems worked.
For 22 weeks, they were challenged – by staff, by mentors, by each other and themselves. They endured early mornings of physical training, long days of schoolwork and military-style living, and nights of homework, chores and extracurricular activities. But they made it.
Fifty-seven young men successfully completed the residential phase of the Texas ChalleNGe Academy-West campus, and with recovered credits, GEDs and high school diplomas in...