Set in the heart of the American Southwest of northeastern Arizona, the Northland Pioneer College enjoys picturesque lake and mountain landscapes enveloping its four campuses and six learning centers across Navajo and Apache counties. Tribal homelands of the Navajo, Hopi, and Apache peoples are included in the HPC service area. This publically supported comprehensive community college first opened its doors in 1974 to 2,000 students. Today NPC serves more than 13,000 students each year, and offers more than 8,000 courses during the academic year and 2,000 during the summer term. Students may also elect to participate in online courses. Campus locations include Holbrook, Show Low, Snowflake/Taylor, and Winslow. Centers are located in Heber, Hopi, Kayenta, Springerville/Eagar, St. Johns, and Whiteriver. Students and community members will find the district office in Holbrook.
Supported by taxes, the Navajo County Community College District, otherwise known as NPC, was created by voters in 1972. Current college operations are divided into administrative services, learning services, student services, and information services. One of the proud points of the NPC system is the Performing Arts Center at the Silver Creek Campus in Snowflake. Students may participate in music, theatre, dance, performances, concerts and other arts and entertainment programs at the Performing Arts Center, which seats around 300 guests. Participating organizations include the Northland Master Chorale, and the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra.
Students at NPC may enter academic programs awarding associate degrees, NPC transfer degrees, and certificates, as well as training and short courses. Also offered are adult education and GED programs. NPC prides itself on maintaining small class sizes, thereby giving students ample opportunity for individualized academic attention. Associate degrees are offered in arts, arts in elementary education, business, science, applied science, general studies, and AGS early childhood. Certificates can be earned in applied science and proficiency, and training programs are offered in business and industry, small business development, and personal/skill enrichment classes. Business and industry training programs are often customized, and the small business center provides support, advice, and services not only to NPC students but to local communities. The Learning Cornerstone program at NPC encompasses the adult education and GED programs, including instruction in basic reading, writing and mathematics skills, as well as GED Prep and testing.
Traditionally Northland Pioneer College was regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. NPC began undergoing the re-accreditation process by the HLC in October of 2009.