Peninsula High School has been approved by the Secretary of the Navy to provide the Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) program.
Located at Peninsula High School, the program will be available to all high school students ages 14 and older throughout the district. Planning will begin immediately with a goal of starting the program in 2021.
The NNDCC program structure provides the same curriculum, training and competition opportunities for students as the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) program. All JROTC programs currently have waitlists, so we applied to host an NNDCC site in an effort to provide the important pathway option for students.
Peninsula High School was awarded a unit by the Navy after a rigorous evaluation process.
School Board Director Natalie Wimberley has been a key member of the team that has worked to bring the NNDCC program to Peninsula School District and shared the following remarks.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to begin a Cadet Corps program in Peninsula Schools and am thankful for the team of staff and volunteers working together to this end over the past several years,” Wimberley said. “This inclusive program engages students of all abilities, defying racial, cultural, and socio-economic barriers. Our students will learn invaluable leadership skills, build confidence, and develop deep and meaningful friendships, while participating in activities that prioritize physical health, self-discipline, patriotism, and civic engagement.
“The Cadet Corps will provide our students with opportunities to lead our community through a variety of ceremonial and volunteer events, exemplifying the values of service and belonging to something greater than the sum of its parts.”
More information about NNDCC is available on the program’s FAQ page.