Good Neighbor Initiative Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary
More Than 22,000 Residents Benefited from the Service in its First YearSalt Lake City (May 14, 2013) —
The Center for Excellence in Higher Education, which operates Stevens-Henager College, CollegeAmerica, Independence University and California College San Diego, celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Good Neighbor Initiative (GNI). In its first year, the GNI helped more than 22,000 community members improve their lives through a number of free courses and workshops offered at local campuses.
The GNI is a community outreach service that provides classes, workshops and education at no cost to participants, including covering the costs of exam fees such as the GED® exam. The GNI offers training and further educational opportunities at each of its campuses in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, California, Colorado and Wyoming.
"The success of the Good Neighbor Initiative is indicative of the need our communities have for this type of service," said Eric Juhlin, CEO of CEHE. "The Center for Excellence in Higher Education actively seeks and promotes educational opportunities that support communities and families. Many of our GNI students have gone on to pursue additional higher-education opportunities within their communities, strengthening their local economies and providing more stability for their families."
More than half of the participants took advantage of the service's free GED preparation classes. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that by 2014, 80 percent of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States will require some level of postsecondary training or education (1). Individuals with a GED credential benefit from a personal income nearly 30 percent higher than those with less than a high school diploma (2). Those with higher education are also more likely to live healthier, balanced lives and make greater contributions to their communities and economies (2).
By offering a free GED preparatory course and even paying for students to take the GED exam, the Good Neighbor Initiative supports workers in their first step toward obtaining these opportunities. It is the only service of its kind that pays for the certification exam fees in addition to all preparatory courses.
The availability of specialized GNI courses varies by campus depending on the needs of the community, but all on-ground campuses offer free GED preparation classes. Some of the more specialized offerings include CPR, computer skills, employment workshops, and more. To find out which GNI offerings are available in their area, community members should contact the campus closest to them.
Established in 1964, CollegeAmerica provides career-focused higher education to students in Colorado, Wyoming and Arizona. Offering undergraduate degree programs in healthcare, business, graphic arts and computer science, CollegeAmerica is committed to preparing professionals for meaningful careers and an increased sense of satisfaction. Dedicated to advancing higher education opportunities in its communities, CollegeAmerica also provides free GED® preparation and other courses through its Good Neighbor Initiative.* CollegeAmerica has two main campuses in Denver and Flagstaff, and branch campus locations in Fort Collins, Colorado Springs (with an additional satellite campus in South Colorado Springs), Cheyenne, and Phoenix. For more information, please call 801-312-0079. CollegeAmerica is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).