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February 9--  High school students in this area have the chance to take Junior ROTC starting next year.

The instruction will be on the campus of Vidalia High School under the auspices of the Southeastern Early College and Career Academy (SECCA) at Southeastern Tech, according to Dr. Ryan Flowers, Director of High School Instruction at SECCA.

"Next year we will have an Army JROTC program open at Vidalia High School, but it's actually a Career Academy program and students will be bussed here from Montgomery County, Treutlen County and Toombs County High School to be a part of that here on the Vidalia High School campus," Flowers says.

Dr. Flowers says he is finding a lot of interest in the program among students.

"There's a lot of interest here.  Kids are excited about opportunities in the military.  It's not for everybody, but it's something kids are interested in and would like to explore.  A lot of our students choose the military directly out of high school and it just seems like a no-brainer to me to open it up," he notes.

School officials believe the JROTC is a good example of how school systems can pool resources to offer something special to students.

"The first year really focuses on leadership and building self-confidence, and it just kind of builds the student up from there.  That's really the focus of what we are doing with the charter school.  It's to bring real programs like this to our youth and prepare them for the opportunities which are out there," Dr. Flowers says.

You can get more information on the JROTC program on the SECCA webpage at