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California Job Challenge officially opens new building

May 25, 2022

Program has a place to call home three years after inaugural class

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. – Years of renovation work were marked complete, May 2, as California Job Challenge held a ribbon cutting ceremony to open its facility on Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos.

As an in-residence career technical education program for graduates of other National Guard Youth Challenge Programs in California, the California Job Challenge building includes male and female dormitories capable of housing 40 students each, laundry facilities, a computer lab, recreation area, and classroom for students completing their high school educations through dual-enrollment at Long Beach City College and the Orange County Department of Education’s College and Career Preparatory Academy.

“To see this is truly a miracle,“ said California State Guard Brig. Gen. Peter Cross, who commands the California Military Department’s Task Force Torch for youth and community programs.

The renovation project started five years ago when California Job Challenge was in the planning phase and existed only on paper. Construction was underway when the academy officially began in July 2019 and hired its first wave of staff members...

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