The Pandemic Knocked Many Native Students Off the College Track
Photo: Randy Curley
Charlotte West, The Hechinger Report
Guila Curley, who is Navajo, serves as the college and career readiness coordinator at Newcomb High School. When education went online, she struggled to get in contact with students and help them meet college application and financial aid deadlines. Everyone was just trying to survive, she says.
But while the pandemic exacerbated the barriers that Native American students already faced in getting through high school and into college, it also demonstrated the lengths that some students, and their teachers, will go to improve their lives and those of their families.