Once again, the Navajo County Community College District (dba Northland Pioneer College or NPC) has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). This marks the sixth year in a row the college has received the honor for their annual financial report (CAFR), this time for fiscal year ending June 2019.
An impartial panel judged Northland Pioneer College’s CAFR against the highest standards for governmental accounting, including demonstration of a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.
The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and represents a significant accomplishment by a governmental agency and its management. “We hope that your example will encourage other government officials in their efforts to achieve and maintain an appropriate standard of excellence in financial reporting,” the award letter from the GFOA states.
The CAFR provides more information than the college district’s annual audit report and covers not only the current year, but also the previous 10 years.
“We are deeply honored to have been recognized once again this year with this prestigious award,” states Maderia Ellison, NPC’s chief financial officer. “This reflects the culmination of a lot of hard work and the steadfast diligence of NPC’s financial services staff. It demonstrates to Navajo County taxpayers that our revenue and expenditures are handled correctly, with appropriate policies and oversight in place,” she continues. “The praise should rightfully go to every NPC employee, whose ingenuity, resourcefulness and conservative spending have placed NPC among the top financially stable community colleges districts in Arizona. The district is committed to transparency and takes our fiduciary responsibilities very seriously. NPC really is a great investment for the citizens of Navajo County. Hand-in-hand, the college is transforming lives of people in our community while improving Navajo County’s economic future.”
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals.
Northland Pioneer College serves the residents of Navajo and Apache counties through four regional campuses and five centers with a variety of educational options for academic, career and technical and personal enrichment. NPC supports each student’s educational goals through affordable tuition, small class sizes and caring, professional instructors. For more information about NPC programs and services, call (800) 266-7845.