SPRINGFIELD — Graduation for Lincoln's Challenge Academy Class No. 38 is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.
A total of 315 cadets will graduate out of 535 cadets who started the program Jan. 16. Of that total, 229 will receive a GED.
Lincoln's Challenge Academy, Rantoul, is a program administered by the Illinois National Guard. Illinois operates the largest single site youth challenge academy in the U.S.
Lincoln's Challenge Academy has graduated more than 12,000 students since its launch in 1993, which exceeds any other program nationwide.
The academy is structured into a 22-week residential phase conducted in a quasi-military environment. This phase is followed by a 12-month post-resident phase when graduates return to their communities and are paired with mentors who provide support.