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International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA) - GED Program

Listing Last Update: November 8, 2018


401 W Esperanza Ave
Ajo, AZ 85321

Primary Contact

Rodney Hopkins

(520) 387-3364

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To help my child learn
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer
  • TV
  • Family literacy program

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Program Overview

ISDA provides a GED and Life Skills program for out-of-school youth in the Ajo area which includes the western villages of the Tohono O'odham Nation. The program's excellent instructor orchestrates a series of group learning exercises in all GED subjects, works one-on-one with students to set goals and assess progress, and manages individual self-paced computer learning. Currently there is no way to take the tests in Ajo. ISDA works with Tohono O'odham Community College to accommodate our students at their test site in Sells, AZ, about an hour and a half from Ajo. There are no other GED programs available to out-of-school students in the Ajo region, so the ISDA program is truly a life-line for these young people. ISDA also holds regular evening classes and encourages older people to attend these, to best serve families and individuals, the whole community. The day program for younger students includes important field trips to visit colleges in Tucson and Phoenix and cultural institutions, all of which are completely new experiences for our program participants.

Mission Statement


Our vision is to establish the region as a showcase for environmental excellence and an international center for arts and culture with a prosperous and sustainable economy offering opportunities for all its residents.
At the International Sonoran Desert Alliance, we design and implement environmental, cultural, real estate and business development projects intended to preserve and enrich the environment, culture and economy of the Sonoran Desert.
We are committed to fostering communication, understanding and cooperation among the diverse cultures residing in the area.

Hours of operation: M-Th: 10 am-3 pm; M, Tu &Wed: 5pm-9pm

Cost info: All instruction at the Learning Center is provided free-of-charge. Fees for GED Ready tests and GED tests are paid by ISDA for students who reside in Pima County, Arizona

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