Maryland Freestate ChalleNGe Academy Graduation 2015

The Maryland Freestate ChalleNGe Academy is a military-based program for youth to help them learn discipline and the skills necessary to be successful in the real-world.  In order to enhance the program’s positive impact, a select group of 40 cadets were sent to NCIA to receive hands-on vocational training classes in Culinary Arts, Automotive or Barbering.

Culinary Cadets

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Culinary Cadets

Automotive Cadets

automotive group

Automotive Cadets

Barbering Cadets

barbering group

Barbering Cadets

Each of the students gained valuable experience and knowledge that will allow them to enhance their resumes and pursue a career in any of those three fields.  Amongst this group lie our future Culinary Chefs, Barbers and Automotive Mechanics!  Here is what some of the cadets had to say about what they learned:

Joselyn, Culinary Arts: “Here at culinary arts I learned how to cook different kinds of pastries, how to use different knives and how to work as a team and to get things done by a certain time. It was really fun and I had a really good experience here.”

Eugene, Barbering: “In the Barbering Program we learned how to cut and fade hair. Not only that, it teaches you about things you can use in the real world, like professionalism that can help you better yourself if you do want to get your own business.”

John, Automotive: “I’ve learned how to change oil, oil filters, wheel bearings, transmission and how to rebuild a motor. This program is really helpful”.

We are proud to say that upon completion of the training program on June 10, 2015, all 40 cadets graduated and received a Certificate of Achievement signifying their hard work and dedication.

Congratulations to all the Maryland Freestate ChalleNGe Academy cadets. NCIA wishes you the BEST of luck in all your future endeavors.

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