In fall 1972, the Navajo County Community College District was formed to serve the higher education needs of residents in a region covering the approximate size of West Virginia.
The district oversees Northland Pioneer College, which began offering college classes in fall 1974. More than 2,000 students enrolled that first year, double the anticipated number. Classes were held in an abandoned school, an abandoned hospital and a variety of public school classrooms and community buildings. The first graduating class, in spring 1975, included nine students.
- Learn more about NPC's history here.