High school dropout from Chinle receives GED, studying to be EMT – Navajo-Hopi Observer
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Some would call this a story of redemption. Some might call his a story of the American dream. Maybe it’s a little of both, or maybe it’s something entirely different.
But one thing’s for sure, Kyle Nez is just trying to do what is best for his family, and what is best for him.
Unfortunately, Nez dropped out of high school seven years ago when he was in the ninth grade. He was 15 and just had a baby.
Originally from Chinle, Ariz., Nez moved to Phoenix at the age of 16 with his former father-inlaw but could only manage to find minimum wage jobs to support himself and his family. When things didn’t work out between him and the mother of his daughter, his ex-wife moved to Denver.
“January of this year, I was sitting back home in Chinle, and I wasn’t doing anything,” said Nez. “I woke up one day and was just tired of living that same lifestyle for so long.”
Nez began searching the Internet for possible options that could help improve his situation. Then he remembered a newspaper he picked up in Phoenix that ran an advertisement for an organization that claimed it would pay for students to receive a GED.
This organization was CollegeAmerica. Nez called CollegeAmerica’s offices and found out the school offered a six-week program in Flagstaff for individuals interested in High school dropout from Chinle receives GED, studying to be EMT receiving a GED. Last year, CollegeAmerica launched what it calls the Good Neighbor Initiative. The program offers free GED test preparation and even pays for students to take the test.