William Carey University continues to invest in the Mississippi Youth ChalleNGe Academy at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.
The Academy's goal is to help at-risk teenagers and high school dropouts achieve their full potential in order to become productive members of society. University personnel have provided college-credit classes for the Academy since 1999, started by a collaboration between Dr. Tommy King, now the president of the university, and the late Brig. Gen. Dr. William Crowson, founding director of the Academy.
“The Academy was the first program in the U.S. to offer college credit,” said Dr. King. “Now, most of them do.”
Dr. King’s interest in Youth ChalleNGe stemmed from his days in public education and from his friendship with Dr. Crowson. Their partnership resulted in the university offering college credit to cadets in the Academy who passed the General Educational Development, or GED, test.