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Class 54 Updates and Class 55 Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions put in place by the
State and more importantly, the need to bring youth into the safest
and most healthy environment possible, Class 55 will not be
starting in July 2020, as scheduled. Our projected next class will
begin January 2021. It is expected that the capacity of the next few
classes will be reduced due to social distancing guidelines. We
recommend completing your application NOW, so that you can be
prepared and considered for admission to any of the upcoming

If you have already started your enrollment process, you DO NOT
need to reapply. Please continue to gather necessary and required
documentation. If you have specific questions, please don’t
hesitate to contact us at

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