U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan has secured a commitment that ensures the Coatesville Area School District’s Air Force JROTC program will remain open, according to a report from the Daily Local News.
The program was scheduled to be decommissioned at the end of the current academic year. However, Houlahan’s advocacy has led the Air Force to reverse this decision and keep the program open.
Houlahan, who is a former Air Force Officer, also helped start a conversation with the Air Force about the possibility of expanding the program to three neighboring school districts.
“Seeing young people interested in serving their country is always an inspiration, which is why I’m so proud to have been able to help save this crucial program and begin the conversation about expanding it to nearby school districts in our community,” she said.
Coatesville Superintendent Dr. Rick Dunlap thanked Houlahan for her efforts.
“This program provides the opportunity for the youth in our area to learn core values of service to community, commonwealth, and country,” said Dunlap.
Read more about the JROTC program in the Daily Local News here.