Who We Are...

the Golden Eagle is the mascot for Northland Pioneer College

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A brief history...

Even before the doors of Northland Pioneer College first opened to students in the fall of 1974, there were more than fifteen years of effort by several hundred Navajo County residents to secure establishment of the school. Others at the time had questioned the need for and possible success of a community college located in this vast expanse of Arizona with its scattered and sparse population.

Yet the school enrolled 2,000 students that first fall, more than double the anticipated number. Classes were held in an abandoned school, an abandoned hospital and a variety of public school classrooms and community buildings. Nine students made up the first graduating class the following spring.

Today the college serves about 8,000 students annually in both Navajo and Apache counties, an area of 21,158 square miles, roughly the size of the state of West Virginia. The most recent census figures show the area with a permanent population estimated at 187,985. The Navajo, Hopi and White Mountain Apache Indian Reservations occupy more than sixty percent of the total land in the district service area, and also account for sixty percent of the population. Handsome campuses are located in four of the largest Navajo County communities: Holbrook, Show Low, Snowflake/Taylor, and Winslow. Five convenient centers are located in Hopi, Kayenta, Springerville/Eagar, St. Johns, and Whiteriver. Additional educational sites are established as need and opportunities arise. Primary District Offices are located on the Holbrook Campus.

While a 40-year history may seem short to some, here it can be viewed as an enduring tribute to the quest for learning and the power of education that Northland Pioneer College has nurtured in northeastern Arizona during this time. The growth and success of NPC reflect not only the need for its invaluable services, but also the continuing resolve and commitment of faculty and staff dedicated to the college mission of improving lives through opportunities for lifelong learning.

NPC Mascot Ernie Eagle

Mascot and Colors

In 1976, Northland Pioneer College students selected the golden eagle as the college mascot and gold, sky blue and red as the college colors. (The red was later dropped.) Royal blue and gold are now the official college colors. Ernie Eagle, pictured above, is the name of the character who represents NPC.


Northland Pioneer College is regionally-accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 South LaSalle, St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (800) 621-7440 or online at www.ncahlc.org.

Northland Pioneer College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, veteran status, religion, marital status, gender, age or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its educational programs or activities. District grievance procedures will be followed for compliance with Title IX and Section 504 requirements. The Affirmative Action Compliance Officer is the Director of Human Resources, 2251 E. Navajo Blvd., Holbrook, AZ 86025, (928) 524-7471. The Section 504 Compliance Officer is the Coordinator of Disability Resource and Access, 1001 W. Deuce of Clubs, Show Low, AZ 85901, (800) 266-7845. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in vocational education programs.