Local scholarships available for Cal Cadet Academy

Local scholarships available for Cal Cadet Academy

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Spaces are available for Latino students in St. Helena to attend the California Cadet Academy, a residential summer camp for high school-aged students who are interested in becoming firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians.

The academy will be held July 6-10 in the city of American Canyon. According to Tony Heuschel, CEO of the academy, a sponsor has donated funds to sponsor local, primarily Latino, students who need financial assistance.

The California Cadet Academy is a residential summer camp for high school-aged students who are interested in becoming firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians.

Cadets who attend the academy are trained in fire science, law enforcement and basic first aid (CPR certificate issued). The cadets are exposed to interactive scenarios that allow them to safely experience what firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians do on a daily basis.

Heuschel said the program is designed to motivate an interest in education and develop vocational skills as a guide to the future. The academy is a paramilitary environment with a high level of discipline. Cadets wear uniforms, follow a strict code of conduct and become part of a team.

The academy instructors are currently employed and/or retired firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians. The instructors and staff are dedicated to mentoring the cadets and guiding them toward a successful future. The cost of the weeklong academy is $525, according to the academy’s website, CalCadet.com. To reach Heuschel, email theuschel@calcadet.com.

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