JGROTC at TCCHS
Todd County Central High School is proud to announce the implementation of a Junior Guard ROTC program as part of the class offerings for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. Superintendent Wayne Benningfield, Assistant Superintendent Ed Oyler, and Principal Jennifer Pope have been working on bringing a program to Todd Central over the course of the past two years. Todd County School Board approved establishment of the program in February 2016, and Todd Central was recently granted an instructor to establish the program for the upcoming school year. JGROTC will be offered during the upcoming school year at TCCHS to incoming freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Four seniors will serve as officers in the program, working with instructor Sargent Maria Amaro, to establish guidelines and principles for the program as it develops at TCCHS. Principal Jennifer Pope said students who are interested in the program will have to rework schedules, but that is normal procedure during the beginning of the school year and it will not be a problem. The school’s site base board and Todd County School Board have approved the program and given TCCHS authority to move forward.
The Kentucky Junior Guard Program was established as an accredited high school program at Lincoln County High School in 2009. Currently five Kentucky High Schools run successful Junior Guard programs: Bullitt East, Lincoln County, Oldham County, Adair County and Todd County. The program exists to increase community awareness of the US Military, build enduring relationships between the Kentucky School system and the US Military, and provide a viable pathway for career readiness.
The Kentucky National Guard recognizes the value of the Junior Guard as part of the community. This program is funded by the local boards of education and is staffed with personnel formally of the US Military, or traditional Guardsman/Reservists in their civilian capacities who desire to mentor, coach, and mold students into highly effective and contributing members of society. Participating schools benefit in increased graduation rates, higher GPA’s of program participants and add a sequence of courses that lead to career readiness.
Curriculum elements include leadership, nutrition, fitness, standardized test preparation, character education, and resiliency skills. Incorporated peer mentoring refines students’ academic and leadership skills and provides them with the tools needed to succeed in post high school pursuits. These are necessary elements required to strengthen today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders.
For more information contact JGROTC Instructor Sergeant Maria Amaro or TCCHS Guidance Counselor Tiffany Wood.