1. Northeast Iowa Community College 9. Eastern Iowa Community College Destrict
2. North Iowa Area Community College 10. Kirkwood Community College
3. Iowa Lakes Community College 11. Des Moines Area Community College
4. Northwestern Iowa Community College 12. Western Iowa Tech Community College
5. Iowa Central Community College 13. Iowa Western Community College
6. Iowa Valley Community College District 14. Southwestern Community College
7. Hawkeye Community College 15. Indian Hills Community College
16. Southeastern Community College


Ted Stilwill, director; Iowa State Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines 50319; 515/281-3436; Website:

The Iowa 61st General Assembly in 1965 approved legislation permitting the development of a statewide system of post-secondary educational institutions, identified as merged area schools, operated under the direction of the State Board of Education. The boards of education of county school systems were authorized to plan for the merger of county school systems, or parts thereof, to develop a merged area. Each merged area was required to have a minimum of 4,000 public and private pupils in grades nine through twelve. The merged areas were authorized to develop area schools as either area colleges or area vocational schools.

The legislation permitting the development of the two-year colleges provided a procedure whereby the public junior colleges operated by local public school districts could be integrated into the community colleges. There were 16 public junior colleges operating in Iowa at the time the community colleges were organized. The first public junior college in Iowa, Mason City Junior College, was organized in 1918. All 16 public junior colleges merged with these new institutions.

The Department of Education was to direct the operations of the development of merged area schools as either community colleges or area vocational schools (Chapter 260C of the Code of Iowa). A number of these merged area schools were formed from or later combined with existing public junior colleges. Merged area schools were also referred to as "area vocational or technical schools"" or "community colleges," depending on their primary mission.

The statement of policy contained in the original enabling legislation and amended in 1967, 1985, 1990, and 1993 identifies the following categories as appropriate educational opportunities and services to be provided:

1. The first two years of college work including pre-professional education.
2. Vocational and technical training.
3. Programs for in-service training and retraining of workers.
4. Programs for high school completion for students of post-high school age.
5. Programs for all students of high school age who may best serve themselves by enrolling for vocational and technical training while also enrolled in a local high school, public or private.
6. Programs for students of high school age to provide advanced college placement courses not taught in a student's high school.
7. Student personnel services.
8. Community services.
9. Vocational education for persons who have academic, socio-economic or handicaps which prevent succeeding in regular vocational education programs.
10. Training, retraining, and all necessary preparation for productive employment of all citizens.
11. Vocational and training for persons who are not enrolled in a high school and who have not completed high school.
12. Developmental education for persons who are academically or personally under-prepared to succeed in their program or study.

Standards were developed in 1965 to facilitate the development of these post-secondary institutions. A new state accreditation process based on evaluation criteria were developed and approved by the Iowa State Board of Education in 1994.

The provision for funding of area schools was provided through a combination of federal, state, and local funds, and students' tuition. Funding includes a local tax of 20 1/4 cents per $1,000 of assessed value on property within the merged area for operational funds and an additional tax not exceeding 20 1/4 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for the purchase of sites and construction of buildings. The levy for sites and construction must be approved by the voters in the merged area for a period not to exceed 10 years. General state aid was distributed to community colleges on the basis of line item appropriations by the General Assembly until 1986 when a state foundation aid formula was approved by the General Assembly. The individual community colleges have the authority to establish tuition. Tuition for residents of Iowa, however, is not to exceed the lowest tuition rate per semester, or the equivalent, charged by the three state universities.

There are currently 15 comprehensive community colleges serving the 15 merged areas, including all of the 99 counties in Iowa. All 15 community colleges are approved currently by the State Board of Education. The 73rd General Assembly in 1990 changed the name - merged area schools to community colleges and a statutory council to the State Board of Education, the Community College Council, was established to advise the board on significant community college issues.

Ten of the community colleges have developed multi-campus institutions. A total of 30 major campuses are now operated by community colleges with additional programs located on numerous smaller, satellite attendance centers through the merged areas.

Community colleges offer a wide variety of instructional services depending on local needs in the individual merged area. The services are offered through the three major instructional divisions of adult education, vocational-technical education, and arts and sciences education. The adult education division includes adult basic education, high school completion courses for adults, and continuing and general education courses of interest to adults. Vocational education programs include supplementary courses for employed individuals who are in need of occupational upgrading and preparatory programs to prepare individuals for immediate employment or for further education. Arts and sciences programs are the equivalent of the first two years of a four-year college program. In addition, specialized programs, services, and activities are provided for special populations, for the handicapped and disadvantaged, and customized training is provided for business and industry.

Credit enrollment for all community colleges for fiscal year 1998 was 96,877 (excluding adult education and secondary programs operated at local high schools). Arts and sciences end of year credit enrollment was 64,034 and vocational end of year credit enrollment was 32,843. Adult and continuing education enrollment for the 1997-1998 school year was 724,673. (This enrollment is subject to duplication).



Robert J. Denson, president; Calmar 52132; Peosta 52068; 319/562-3263

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) serves the transfer, technical, and vocational education needs of residents, businesses, and industries in the area. Fall 1998 enrollment in credit courses was 2,982. Over 52,000 registrations are recorded in continuing education each year. With campuses at Calmer and Peosta and centers in downtown Dubuque, Oelwein and Manchester, NICC offers over 50 programs leading to Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Science/Career Option, or Associate in Applied Science degrees, and diplomas. Students may choose from a wide variety of business, health, industrial technology, general education or agriculture fields. Unique majors such as Nondestructive Testing John Deere Ag Tech, Dairy Operator and Arboriculture are available. Employers have indicated that they are pleased with the quality education that students receive at NICC. Short-term training and relicensure programs are offered. Economic development activities contribute to the vitality and growth of businesses and industries in the area. Services are provided on campus or on the employer's site and may be customized for the industry. NICC is fully accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


David L. Buettner, Ph.D., president; Mason City 50401; 515/423-1264;

North Iowa Area Community College has served North Iowa for nearly 80 years. The college, which began as Mason City Junior College in 1918, was the first public two-year college in Iowa. The college has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1919. The countryside campus encompasses over 500 acres of land, including contemporary facilities, an agriculture technology lab, athletic fields, and lake side student housing. NIACC also operates community education centers in Charles City, Hampton, Lake Mills, Garner and Osage. The college offers the first two years toward a bachelor's degree in most fields, over 30 technical career programs, and an array of continuing education offerings. Degrees offered include the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in General Studies, and Associate in Applied Science. Nearly 65,000 enrollments are recorded by the Continuing Education Division each year, and credit students number over 2,700.


James E. Billings, president; Estherville 51334; 712/362-0434

Iowa Lakes Community College was organized on January 12, 1967, and merged with the former Estherville Junior College on July 1, 1968, and with Emmetsburg Community College on July 1, 1970. The college offers a two-year, college parallel program; pre-professional programs; 16 career-option programs that lead directly into employment or to higher education; 25 vocational-technical programs of from one to two years in length; part-time educational programs for adults; high school completion and high school equivalency programs; secondary exploratory programs; and evening/weekend programs. Programs are conducted at centers located throughout the five-county area. The college has two principal campuses - at Emmetsburg and Estherville - with centers at Spencer, Algona, and Spirit Lake. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Graduates receive an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree upon completion of technical programs, and diplomas upon completion of vocational-programs. Total enrollment for the 1998 fall term was 3,106, and the full-time staff numbered 224.


Carl H. Rolf, Ph.D., president; Sheldon 51201; 712/324-5061; 1/800/352-4907

Northwest Iowa Community College was organized April 27, 1966. The college is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. NCC offers over 24 career education program options, as well as college parallel curricula that is equivalent to the first two years of a baccalaureate degree. Graduates from college parallel receive an Associate in Arts degree, while those from career-option programs receive an Associate in Science degree. Students who complete vocational/technical programs receive an Associate in Applied Science degree, diploma, or certificate. Enrollment in credit programs is approximately 1,300. Additionally, NCC's noncredit enrollment annually exceeds 28,000 in career supplemental, preparatory continuing, and high school completion which includes both GED and high school diploma. The college's economic development programs provide extensive training services to area businesses and industries. The college is located on a 146 acre campus one mile west of Sheldon with an adjacent 117 acres of farmland.


Robert A. Paxton, Ed. D., president; Fort Dodge 50501; 515/576-7201

Iowa Central Community College, which was organized in April 1966, merged the former public junior colleges in Eagle Grove, Fort Dodge, and Webster City. There are also college centers in Storm Lake, Jefferson and Sac City. The college serves a nine-county area consisting of: Buena Vista, Calhoun, Greene, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahantas, Sac, Webster, and Wright. Iowa Central has received accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The college offers a variety of programs -college parallel programs as well as 7 career option programs, and 18 programs in applied sciences and technologies. There are 13 secondary career programs offered in cooperation with local high schools. ICTN and ITFS are the college's telecommunication system serving the major population centers and all school districts of Area V. Cooperative agreements with 32 schools in the nine-county area provide part-time educational programs for many adults. The college has an academic building at the Eagle Grove and Storm Lake centers, a center on the 114-acre site in Fort Dodge where residence hall facilities are available, and buildings on a 15-acre site in Webster City. Graduates receive an Associate in Science degree from one of the seven career-option programs; an Associate in Applied Science degree upon graduation from a program of two or more years in the applied sciences and technologies area; and a certification of graduation upon completion of an applied science and technology program of less than two years. The enrollment for the 1998 fall term was 3,467. More than 42,795 persons were enrolled in adult education programs and activities during 1997-1998. The professional staff numbered 196.


Paul A. Tambrino, Ed. D., president; Marshalltown 50158; 515/752-4643

As one of 15 community college districts in Iowa, Iowa Valley Community College District is the administrative headquarters for Marshalltown Community College, Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, and Iowa Valley Continuing Education. The District serves more than 97,500 residents who live within its geographic boundaries, as well as students who live outside our area but choose to enroll in our programs.

IVCCD is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of colleges and Schools, and is approved by the Iowa Department of Education. MCC and ECC offer one-year certificate and diploma programs and two-year Associate degree programs in a variety of college parallel, pre-professional, and career option curricula. In addition, both colleges provide a wide array of student activities and athletic programs. The non-credit programs and services provided by Iowa Valley Continuing Education are too numerous to mention, but the annual head count of about 40,000 is indicative of the scope and popularity of the IVCE offerings.

The IVCCD administrative office and the Iowa Valley Continuing Education Center are located in Marshalltown at the south end of the campus shred with Marshalltown Community College. In addition to the Ellsworth campus in Iowa Falls, we operate the IVCCD Grinnell Center in Grinnell and the Workforce Development Center (locate across the highway and just north of MCC) in Marshalltown. Because we are committed to meeting the needs of all communities within our geographic area, many of our programs and services are offered at other locations in cooperation with a variety of agencies and organizations.

IVCCD takes pride in the many partnerships it has established with area businesses, industries, and organizations. The partnership for which we're best known involves our economic development efforts in support of area businesses and industries. IVCCD works with businesses and industries to secure Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training Agreements, which proved state funding for companies expanding and adding jobs to the local economy. It's a win-win situation for the District (which also often provides the training necessary for new or retrained industrial employees), the businesses and industries which receive state support, and the communities in which the growth takes place.



William J. Hierstein, Ph.D., president; Waterloo 50704; 319/296-2320

Hawkeye Community College was organized May 25, 1966, under the name Hawkeye Institute of Technology. As of July 1, 1993, the institution was officially named Hawkeye Community College. The comprehensive community college offers 47 applied science and technology programs, generally one semester to two years in length, arts and sciences transfer courses of study, and more than 2,900 continuing education courses for adults through the Open Campus. From pre-enrollment through graduation, students receive a broad range of personal, academic, and placement support services through the Student Development Center.

Graduates are awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree, Associate in Applied Arts degree, Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science degree, Associate in General Studies degree, diploma, or certificate depending upon their program or major. The credit enrollment for fiscal 1998 was 5,596 full time and part-time students, with continuing education enrollment at approximately 50,000. The main campus is located on a 320 acre site south of Waterloo with eight classroom buildings and two administrative/support services buildings. The Metro Campus is located at 844 West Fourth Street in Waterloo and houses Adult Basic Education, GED programming, Iowa New Choices, Senior Companion, credit programming and other specialized services. The Business and Industry Center, located in the Cedar Falls Industrial Park, features Open Campus training and development programs for area business and industry.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, 515 Beech Street, Waterloo, provides credit and non-credit programs and a full array of student services. The Open Campus also operates programs in cooperation with many of the public school districts in Area VII, with classes at sites throughout the area. The college manages an interactive telecommunications system networking training programs across 10 Iowa counties, the state, the nation and the world. Hawkeye is the administrative body for the Jobs Training Partnership Act (JTPA) in Area VII. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and numerous specialized professional accrediting bodies, and is approved by the Iowa Department of Education. The full-time staff includes 119 faculty, 36 JTPA employees, 102 classified employees, 75 administrators and other professionals, for a total of 332.


John T. Blong, chancellor; Davenport 52801; 319/322-5015

Eastern Iowa Community College District includes Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges and hods full 10-year accreditation form the North Central Association. The colleges serve the area's 270,000 residents from the main campuses in Clinton, Muscatine and Bettendorf, the Kahl Educational Center, Career Assistance Center and Urban Center in Davenport, the Graphic Arts Technology Center of Iowa in clinton, and the Maquoketa Community Center, as well as from numerous outreach locations. EICCD offers a two-year Associate in Arts or Associate in Science college transfer program, 40 certificate, diploma and Associate in Applied Science vocational-technical degree programs, and more than 120 continuing education offerings each year. Articulation agreements with area secondary schools and regional four-year colleges and universities provide students with many educational options. The District was organized on March 16, 1966, merging the former public junior colleges in Clinton and Muscatine and the vocational-technical programs sponsored by the Davenport Community School District. In 1979, the District acquired Palmer Junior College, making Scott Community College a comprehensive institution. Enrollment for fiscal 1998 was 9,032 credit students and 46,701 continuing education participants. The district employs 450 people.



Norm Nielsen, Ph.D., president; Cedar Rapids 52406; 319/398-5411

Kirkwood is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It provides a comprehensive range of programs within Applied Science and Technology, Arts and Sciences, and Community/Continuing Education divisions. The college offers 62 programs in Applied Science and Technology division, 50 Arts and Sciences major transfer areas, and 12 Career Option programs. In addition, the Community/Continuing Education division offers extensive programming and contracted training services. Kirkwood learning centers are located in each of the seven counties in the service area, linked by the Kirkwood Telecommunications System (KTS), an interactive television teaching system, and the Iowa Communications Network (ICN). Kirkwood graduates receive an Associate of Arts or Science degree upon graduation from the college transfer programs. Students in the Applied Science and Technology division receive an Associate in Applied Science degree, or a certificate or diploma, depending on the program in which they are enrolled. The college enrolled 11,117 students for the 1998 fall semester. Kirkwood employs a full-time work force of 611.



Joseph A. Borgen, Ph.D., president; Ankeny 50021; 515/964-6260

Des Moines Area Community College is a publicly supported two- year institution serving the Des Moines metropolitan area and surrounding 11 counties. It is the mission of the college to offer quality programs and courses to meet the different community interests, student abilities and personal objectives of citizens of all ages and levels of education, for the purpose of improving the quality of life, the economic conditions, and the public welfare of our state.

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) was officially created March 18, 1966. The college is a multi-campus operation with the campuses located in Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, downtown Des Moines, and Newton.

The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. DMACC offers more than 70 career programs, a college parallel program equal to the first two years of a baccalaureate degree and developmental courses to brush up on basic skills. Programs are offered on both a full-time and part-time basis. The enrollment averages over 11,000 students per year.

Graduates may receive an Associate of Arts or Associate in Science degree upon completing the two year college parallel program. Graduates of the two year career education programs receive an Associate of Applied Science degree, and graduates

the one year programs receive a diploma. Short term certificate programs are also available.

DMACC also offers a variety of continuing education courses to assist workers in upgrading their job skills. The Economic Development Group works extensively with business and industry to provide quality training to new or existing employers. The Advanced Technology Center offers state-of-the-market technical assistance and training to the manufacturers in central Iowa.



Robert E. Dunker, Ph.D., president; Sioux City 51106; 712/274-6400

Western Iowa Tech Community College is a publicly supported comprehensive community college serving the Iowa counties of Cherokee, Crawford, Ida, Monona, Plymouth and Woodbury, with a combined population of about 170,000. The college's mission is to provide quality education and to economically enhance the communities WITCC serves. By providing a stimulating academic environment, responsive to technological, economic, and social change, the college prepares students for lifelong roles as effective citizens in our democratic and multi-cultural society. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, WITCC was organized on December 8, 1966, and offered its first classes on January 27, 1967. The college serves Merged Area XII from its main campus in Sioux City, and satellite campuses in Cherokee and Denison. Learning Centers in Ida Grove, Le Mars, Mapleton, and the Southern Hills Mall in Sioux City also offer educational opportunities to area residents.

WITCC offers more than 60 career and transfer education programs and a full range of community and continuing education courses. Its Center for Business Services provides customized training and economic development services to the business community.

Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees, diplomas and certificates are awarded to its graduates. Credit enrollment for the 1998 fall semester reached a new high of 4,096 and the college's graduate placement rate for 1998 was 99.7 percent. Noncredit enrollments average 30,000 registrations per year.



Dan Kinney, Ph.D., president; Council Bluffs 51502; 712/325-3201

Iowa Western Community College, organized May 26, 1966, merged with the former public junior college at Clarinda on July 1, 1966. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The college offers two-year college transfer programs, including an innovative evening and weekend college program for employed adults, and 80 career programs ranging in length from one to four semesters. In addition, Iowa Western offers arts and sciences and vocational programs for high school students. The college also offers part-time educational programs for adults in its seven-county merged area. Main attendance centers are located at Council Bluffs and Clarinda with other centers situated at Atlantic, Harlan, and Shenandoah. Degrees granted include the Associate in Arts, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Science. A diploma or certificate is granted upon the completion of selected programs. Full-time equivalent enrollment in 1997-1998 was 3,881. Adult and continuing education enrollments exceeded 40,000 during the same period. The college employs 300 full-time professional staff.



Dr. Barbara J. Crittenden, president; Creston 50801; 515/782-7081; 1/800/247-4023

Southwestern Community College began operation as part of Iowa's community college system on July 1, 1966. It is a comprehensive two-year public institution approved by the Iowa Department of Education and fully accredited by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. The Associate of Arts Degree is granted to students who complete the college parallel program; the Associate of Science degree is granted to students who complete programs which have the option of being terminal or transfer; and diplomas are granted to students who complete all courses of career education programs. Adult education programs are held throughout the eight-county merged area. Enrollment for the 1998 fall semester was 1,100. Full-time professional staff number is 70. The college is located on a 400-acre site in Creston with dormitories for both men and women.


Lyle Hellyer, Ph.D., president; Ottumwa 52501; 515/683-5111; 1/800/726-2585

Indian Hills Community College is a proven leader in providing students with a high quality, state-of-the-art education in the technologies, the arts and sciences college transfer program and continuing education programs.

Graduates of the college's technical programs enjoy high job placement and earn top salaries in their chosen fields. Students completing the arts and sciences curriculum continue to excel in the classroom as they transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Indian Hills' continuing education division annually offers hundreds of nontraditional education alternatives including relicensure education, adult basic education, and high school equivalency programs as well as short term preparatory, hobby, and recreational classes.

Indian Hills' two main campuses are in Ottumwa and Centerville and there are IHCC education center in Van Buren, Lucas, Jefferson, Keokuk, Monroe, Davis, Wayne and Mahaska counties.

Indian Hills' commitment to excellence is visible through the extensive building program that has occurred on the Ottumwa campus. The learning resources center and art gallery were completed in 1984. The Hellyer Student Life Center, home to the two-time national champion Warriors basketball team and Efner Academic Hall were opened in 1985. The Bennet Regional Training Center and computer center were finished in 1987. Instruction in the 6.5 million dollar Advanced Technology Center began in the fall of 1990. Trustee Hall, a five-floor residence hall and college bookstore, was occupied in the fall of 1992. The Early Childhood Development and Daycare Center was completed in the spring of 1994. The video conference and training center was finished in the summer of 1996 and the Tom Arnold Net Center, home to the Warriors volleyball team, opened in January of 1997.

On the Centerville campus a new administration building was opened in the spring of 1990 and a Centerville daycare center was built and opened in 1997. Remolding was done on the multipurpose building and new exteriors were added to all the buildings in 1998.

In addition, Indian Hills has education service centers located in the county seats served by the college, except for Ottumwa and Centerville. The centers access to the state's fiber-optics network that allow students to take courses and possibly earn degrees without having to travel to one of the college's tow campuses. In addition, government entities can use the fiber-optics link to hold meetings, eliminating travel time. These sites could also include other agencies, such as JTPA, Job Service and more. The centers also include on-site instruction and opportunities for updating professional licenses.



Daniel Phelan Ph.D, president; West Burlington 52655-0605; 319/752-2731

Southeastern Community College, a comprehensive multi-campus institution, was founded in July, 1966. On July 1, 1967, it merged with the former public junior colleges in Burlington and Keokuk. The college now has two major campuses located in West Burlington and Keokuk, as well as attendance centers in Fort Madison and Mt. Pleasant. The college also serves inmates of the Iowa State Penitentiary and the John Bennett Correctional Center in Fort Madison, and in Mount Pleasant, which serves inmates of the Medium Correctional Facility. Curricular offerings are comprehensive in nature, with two-year, college parallel programs being offered at both major campuses and the two open attendance sites. Thirty-five vocational-technical preparatory programs and a wide variety of noncredit adult education courses are offered at various sites throughout the area. Graduates of the college receive either Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees upon completion of the college parallel program, Associate in applied Science degrees upon completion of a technical program, and diplomas upon completion of a vocational program. Nontraditional students are served through an area-wide adult education program, as well as an independent learning center at both major campuses. The full-time enrollment for the fall of 1998 in credit courses was 1,525 and part-time was 1,050. Enrollment figures include both campuses.