CHEYENNE, Wyo The Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy is a free institution that helps shape young men and women of Wyoming to being effective members of society.
The academy is based out of Guernsey, Wyoming on camp Guernsey a national guard training camp.
The WCCA is a five-and-a-half-month long residential academy designed to provide structure, instill discipline and help young men and women recognize/achieve their potentials.
Deputy Director, David Salazar states that the academy isn't just for young men and women who are troublemakers. It can be for anyone who find a traditional education not being fully suitable for them. He states, “Some kids who are from broken homes and are going through tough times at home.. Mom and dad are present, but maybe there was a death in the family. Maybe there was something else that got them off track. Sometimes, they just lack the support and the resources fully invest themselves in their children.”
The academy is a quasi-military training environment. The academy is fully accredited by AdvancED and the Wyoming Department of Education.
The WCCA is also a state agency operated under the oversight of the Wyoming Military Department. It is 75 percent funded federally and 25 percent funded by the state of Wyoming.
Since the opening of the WCCA back in January 2006 they have graduated more than 1,000 young men and women.
The WCCA operates two classes per year: one begins in January, the other in July of each year.
The WCCA as mentioned before is entirely free. They will be holding a open community engagement event in Cheyenne at the Laramie County Library in the willow room on February 28th and 29th.