The Viking Cadets program prepares individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to national service, national defense, public administration, and emergency services.

The Cadet Core military program is based in Kentucky, formed by prior-service military professionals to give students a program of civic and national service within a military context.  It styles itself a Cadet Core program, rather than a corps of cadets, as a direct reference to the Common Core standards and their basis for much of the project and performance-based learning in the program.

The Cadet Core program is not a JROTC, or other federal military program.  It is not directly sponsored by any military branch.  Instead, it is a leadership, civics, and military science program taught within a military context.  That context allows the program to be tailored for private and independent schools.  The curriculum seems to be a fully articulated, four-year experience that is based in the CCSS, and national standards for other content areas (health, social sciences, history, etc).


The Lyndon Institute Cadet Military Program (“Viking Cadets”) offers a leadership experience based on military fundamentals and civic ethos while also focusing on history, fitness, and health that are fundamental to a successful life during and after high school.

All students in Viking Cadets will be proficient in Program Competencies and the Common Career Technical Core.

Industry Recognized Credential

Students in Viking Cadets courses can expect the chance to earn the following credentials before leaving Lyndon Institute:
• HeartSaver First Aid, CPR and AED
• OSHA 10 Hour Training

Career Technical Student Organizations

Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) complement and enrich career technical education programs. They are designed to offer students experience in leadership, citizenship, and occupational skills. Students in CTE at Lyndon Institute may participate in:

  • SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. 
  • National Technical Honor Society: NTHS honors the achievements of top CTE students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce.
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Students who qualify may participate in job shadows, internships, and cooperative learning at area Viking Cadets agencies, early childhood education centers, and other agencies.

Next Steps

After leaving the Viking Cadets, students could pursue any number of opportunities including:

  • A four-year degree in national or public administration, government, or leadership
  • Military, law enforcement, or security careers


Earn college credit!
Students can also earn dual-enrollment college credit in selected classes:

Early Childhood Education

  • Intro to Early Childhood Education
    3 credits
  • Communication in Early Childhood and After School Workplace
    3 credits
  • Infant and Toddler Development
    3 credits
  • Fostering Creativity
    3 credits

Allied Health 

  • Medical Terminology
    3 credits
  • Human Biology
    3 credits

Precision Machining

  • Intro to Lathes
    2 credits
  • Intro to Milling & Grinding
    2 credits