New Mountaineer Challenge Academy in Montgomery looking to fill 35 positions as they host first job fair

MONTGOMERY, WV (WOAY) – The new Mountaineer Challenge Academy South is set to open in Montgomery at the old West Virginia Tech campus on October 11, and they are looking to fill about 35 positions.

On Thursday, they held a job fair in the library building to attract local people to apply for positions ranging from trade specialist to counselor.

The academy will be modeled after the one in Preston County that exists already and will guide teens in a 22-week program aged 16 to 18 who are considered at-risk for not finishing school.

Paul Perdue is the new director of the south campus and is excited about not only what this will do for the cadets who participate but what it will do for the area as well.

“I think it does give that little shot in the arm, that little boost to the Upper Kanahwa Valley that it needs right now,” he said. “Just our presence here and soon they’re going to be hearing cadets marching up and down the street singing cadences. It’s going to be a positive thing here for the community.”

If you could not make it out to the job fair on Thursday, you can head over to the Mountaineer Challenge Academy’s website to directly online.

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Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.