NPC program offers high school equivalency diplomas

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK, March 20, 2014

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Nowadays getting a good education seems like second nature in someone's life, and for some it may not have been easy to obtain.

But there is still a chance to get the education needed to help one further their skills because Northern Pioneer College offers free General Education Development preparation courses that help people earn their high school equivalency diploma.

NPC is a community college with four campuses and five centers throughout Navajo and Apache counties in Arizona.

Rickey Jackson, director of developmental services & education at NPC, said offering GED courses "provides the community with the opportunity of learning so they can improve their lives. Either by getting a better job or just so they can show the next generation that getting an education is important. I think education has a way to transform individual's lives more than anything else."

Jackson said NPC is able to offer GED courses through the Adult Basic Education program as part of a grant from the Department of Education, and through this grant they help students move toward earning their GED.

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