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“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”

Charles “Tremendous” Jones, business star, author, and public speaker

Welcome to the GBC “Challenges and Triumphs” website, created to encourage new, prospective, or struggling students who grapple with the challenges of higher education, particularly students who can be termed "First Generation" -- those courageous pioneers who are first in their families to attend college.

At Great Basin College you will meet plenty of others like yourself who have struggled and sacrificed to achieve their own educational goals. College has not been easy for any of us, so many of us here can identify with your own educational fears and frustrations. More important, these stories suggest the rewards that await you -- among them life long friendships and improved ongoing prospects for employment and advancement. Nevada is 46th in the nation in numbers of college graduates and first in the nation in the growth of jobs requiring a college education.

We hope that you might someday meet many of the authors in person as you walk the halls and pathways of GBC's campuses. In the meantime, we invite you now to see, hear, read, and be a little bit changed by GBC’s people and their own stories of challenge and triumph.