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Michigan Job Challenge Program

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Michigan Youth Challenge Academy

Michigan Job Challenge Program

Michigan Job Challenge is only open to MI Youth Challenge Program Graduates.

  • The Michigan Job Challenge Program (MJCP) is an extension program of the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy. The focus of the MJCP program is to teach MYCA graduates workplace essentials, provide skilled trades training (base-level instruction and in some cases, certifications) and aid in job placement. A variety of pathways are typically offered, including (but not guaranteed):

    • Construction
    • Maintenance Technician
    • Drone
    • Pipefitting
    • Electrical
    • Restaurant Management
    • Emergency Medical Technician
    • Robotics
    • Forklift Certification
    • Robotic Maintenance
    • HVAC-R
    • Welding
    • Machining


    The optional five-month residential program is only available to MYCA graduates and is FREE of cost to participants and their families. Each class has 60 spots available, with 50 allocated to the most recent MYCA graduates. Current cadets and parents/guardians will be provided information and the opportunity to apply while in-cycle at MYCA. Applicants who have not yet completed their high school diploma or GED may participate in the MJCP program while they are finishing their high school credential.

    The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Labor. Additional information is available from this article in the Reserve & National Guard Magazine (February 2, 2021).


  • Young adults applying to the Michigan Job Challenge Program must meet the following general eligibility requirements:

    • Graduate of the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy.

    • Ages 16-1/2 through 20 years old, must turn 17 while in the program. Youth may turn 21 while at MYCA, as long as they are age 20 on day one.

    • U.S. citizen or legally present and a Michigan resident

  • Deputy Director

    Jill Pugh


    Case Manager/Recruiter

    Jennifer Stowell



    Case Manager/Recruiter

    Larry Getman



    Placement Coordinator

    Ernest Drake




    Jamela Bradley



    Operations Coordinator

    Julie Deboer-Harrison



    Education Coordinator

    Robert Schuette



    Master Sergeant

    Courtney Butts


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Michigan Job Challenge
2501 26th St, Building 2900
Augusta, MI 49012