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Hoop of Learning

Earn college credits while you’re still in high school! Hoop of Learning is an early high school to college bridge program designed to empower American Indian students to complete high school and transition successfully to higher education. 

Based on a traditional American Indian worldview of a circle, or hoop, of lifelong development, Hoop of Learning offers support, friendship, and help with academic questions and needs. And taking classes through Hoop builds your college resume while providing new experiences and connections to other American Indian students. 

Since 2012, 13 Hoop of Learning students have received their Associate of Arts degrees in the same month that they earned their high school diplomas.

Hoop of Learning Student Callout


Students must be:

  • An enrolled member of a federal/state recognized American Indian tribe (or in the process of obtaining a census number)
  • Self-motivated and demonstrate excellent attendance
  • Currently enrolled in high school and able to provide a current copy of their high school transcript
  • At a GPA of 2.0 or higher

Application process:

Submit your Hoop of Learning application with the CGCC Hoop of Learning office, located at the CGCC Pecos Campus on the first floor of the Coyote Center.

All potential students are required to take the CGCC college placement test in English and Reading before starting classes. Testing takes place in the CGCC Testing Center, 480-732-7159.

If you’re accepted into the program, you and your parents or guardian will receive an invitation to participate in a required Hoop of Learning Program New Student Orientation.