Coatesville OKs curriculum for Joint Service Military Corps

Posted: January 30, 2014

COATESVILLE The Coatesville Area school board approved a curriculum Tuesday for the Joint Service Military Corps, which means cadets in the new unit will receive course credit as they used to in the Junior ROTC program, shuttered because of a lack of district funds.

When parents and students started forming the after-school club in September, one of their goals was for cadets to continue earning the elective credit that will help them secure a higher rank if they choose to enter the military. That goal was realized when the board voted to approve the curriculum as part of a bundle of housekeeping agenda items.

"Tonight, one journey ends and another journey begins," said Coleen Beckershoff, a club parent adviser.

The Joint Service Military Corps, thought to be the only privately organized and funded school club of its kind in the country, teaches aspects of all five military branches and meets twice a week. Students will earn one elective credit per year when they complete the newly approved curriculum, which focuses on teaching leadership, citizenship, and effective communication skills.

The cadets started the academic year without the school's 36-year-old Air Force Junior ROTC program. Parents, members of the military, and school administrators helped shape the curriculum based on training materials gathered from the various military branches.


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