Good Neighbor Initiative Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

By Staff Writer Published on May 14, 2013

More Than 22,000 Residents Benefited from the Service in its First Year

Salt 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.

For more information about the Good Neighbor Initiative, visit For more information about the Center for Excellence in Higher Education, visit

About California College San Diego
Educating professionals for more than 30 years, California College San Diego (CCSD) provides career-focused higher education to students in Southern California. Offering undergraduate degree programs in healthcare, business, graphic arts and computer science, and graduate degree programs in healthcare and business, California College San Diego is committed to preparing professionals for meaningful careers and an increased sense of satisfaction. Dedicated to advancing higher education opportunities in its communities, CCSD also provides free GED® preparation and other courses through its through its Good Neighbor Initiative.* California College San Diego has a main campus in San Diego, a branch campus in San Marcos and a satellite campus in National City. For more information, please call 801-312-0079. California College San Diego is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).