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Northeast Iowa Community College

Make An Investment. Financial Aid Resources. We have been in your shoes! Adult students tell their stories.

Programs of Study

How to get the job you want!

student focused


Susie Health Information Technology Calmar Campus

Stop making excuses.

What if I have not been in school for awhile? We are here for you. Can I attend college while raising my family? Of course, we are flexible. How am I going to afford it? We are here to help you along the way. Will I be the oldest student ever? It doesn’t matter, education is for everyone!

Will I fit in? Our small class sizes and convenient campus locations are welcoming and supportive. You will discover you are not so different from other students, and will quickly join a group of learners who are interested in teaching and supporting each other – a community! With two main campuses and seven regional centers throughout northeast Iowa, we make it convenient to get your education close to home.

What are you waiting for? You are not alone, we will help you set goals, take practical steps to achieve them and cheer you on along the way. You can do this!

Student Resources and Services We are here for you.


Programs of Study


Financial Resources p.6

Career Planning and p.12 Job Search Step by Step:

An Admission Checklist p.14 2

Fast Facts


Student Support Services


Programs of Study


Degree Descriptions

12 Career Planning


Financial Aid


Student Life

14 Admission Checklist

10 Education on Your Terms

15 Apply Today


Fast Facts Enrollment:

5,147 students total 2,269 Calmar 2,878 Peosta 69% Full-time 32% Part-time 64% Female

Student/Faculty Ratio

17:1 ratio

37% Male


61% First Generation College Students

281 (over 64% of courses are taught by full-time faculty)

36% Arts & Science Transfer

Average Faculty Tenure: 9 years

14% of students are currently taking 100% of their classes online.


College Mascot: Go Cougars!

Did you know:

NICC was named to top 10% nationally for student learning and success, by the Aspen Institute. 91% of NICC graduates are employed or continuing their education six months after graduation. The average age of the NICC student population is 26 years.* * Not including high school students taking college courses.

Support Services Stand out from the crowd. Students who utilize the support services available on our campuses and centers perform better in class, experience less stress and feel more confident in their decision to go to college. • Adult Transition – Walks you through the process of starting college, and assist with personal or academic needs. (Located at Calmar campus and Dubuque Center) • Learning Center and Tutoring – Provides academic assistance or tutoring for math, writing, science, computers and study skills. Services are available in group and individual settings. (Located at Calmar and Peosta campuses and Dubuque Center) • SMARTHINKING – Online tutoring and academic assistant for nearly all subject areas avaliable 24/7. • Writing Center – A personal writing coach will assist with writing projects from idea generation to final editing. (Located at Calmar and Peosta campuses and Dubuque Center) •

What every student should know. Whether you need help understanding financial aid or you

TRiO Student Support Services – A grant-funded

want one-on-one

federal program offering special support and assistance to students who meet income guidelines, have a documented disability or are first-generation college students.

tutoring, all our student

(Located at Peosta campus)

• Disability Services – Provides support to students with documented disabilities, including accommodations such as extra testing time, note-takers and adaptive technology. (Located at Calmar and Peosta campuses)

support services are available … at no additional cost!

• Counseling – Students who are dealing with personal and emotional issues will find someone who is willing to listen and provide guidance. (Located at Calmar and Peosta campuses)

Carolyn and Pat Learning Center Staff Calmar Campus


Programs of Study Associate in Arts General (C,P,O) Business Administration (C,P,O) Communication (C,P,O) Criminal Justice (C,P,O) Early Childhood (C,P) Education (C,P) Human Services (C,P) Law Enforcement (C,P,O) Legal Assistant/Paralegal (P) Management Information Systems (P) Psychology (C,P)

Associate in Science General (C,P,O) Agriculture (C) Animal Science (C) Companion Animal Science (C) Dairy Science (C) Industrial Technology Teacher Education (C) Pre-Veterinary Medicine (C)

Associate in Applied Science Accounting Specialist (C,P) Administrative Assistant (C,P) Agriculture Business (C,O) Agriculture Production (C) Associate Degree Nursing (C,P) Automotive Technology (C) Business Specialist (C,P,O) Chemical Technician (C) Computer Analyst* (P) • Business and Web Programming • Networking Administration and Tech Support Computer Technology (C) Construction Technology (P) Cosmetology (C) Dairy Science Technology (C) Electroneurodiagnostic Technology (C,P) Electronic Technology (P) Enology Specialist (C,P,O) Entrepreneurial Cosmetology (C,P,O) Firefighting Specialist (C,P)


Gas Utility Construction and Service (P) Graphic Design (P) Health Information Technology (C,P,O) Human Services Generalist (C,P) Industrial Electrician (C) John Deere TECH (C) #Large Animal Veterinary Technician (C) Marketing Management (P) Medical Laboratory Technician (C,P) Paramedic (P) Radiologic Technology (P) Respiratory Care (P) Surgical Technology (P) Viticulture Technology (C,P,O) Wind Turbine Repair Technician (C)

Diploma Accounting Clerk (O) Agriculture Production (C) • Applied Agriculture Studies Automotive Mechanics (P) Building Materials Management (C) Carpentry (C,P) Coding Specialist (P,O) Commercial/Residential Electrician (C) Computer Applications Technician (C) Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist Technician (P) Cosmetology (C) Dental Assisting (P) Diesel Mechanics (P) Early Childhood (P) Enology Specialist (C,P,O) Heating and Air Conditioning (P) Medical Transcriptionist (C,P,O) Office Technology* (C,P) • General (C) • Medical (P) Practical Nursing (C,P) Professional Massage Therapy (C) Surgical Technology (P) Viticulture Technology (C,P,O) Welding (P) Wind Turbine Repair Technician (C)

Certificate Agriculture Business* • Agriculture Manager and Marketing (C,O) • Agriculture Office Technician (C) • Agronomy Custom Application (C) • Animal Science (C,O) • Crop Advisor (C,O) • Dairy (C,O) • Precision Agriculture (C) CAD Specialist (P) Carpentry* (C,P) • Cabinet Making • Finishing Skills • Floor and Framing Skills • Foundation Skills Dairy Science Technology* (C) • Dairy Breeding Specialist • Dairy Feeding Specialist • Dairy Health Specialist Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic (P) Enology (C,P,O) Paraeducator (C,P,O°) Tourism (P) Viticulture (C,P,O) C = Calmar P = Peosta O = Online # Pending approval from the Department of Education * Choose one option from those listed below program ° Limited online offerings, refer to ed plan

Please Note: You must complete a basic skills assessment prior to acceptance into any program. Some programs also have minimum entrance requirements. Contact the NICC Admissions office for more information. The length of the program will depend upon your educational preparation and the course load you carry. The suggested length is based on a student meeting all the prerequisites and taking a full load of courses each term.

Degree Descriptions AA — Associate in Arts

The Associate in Arts degree is a broad program for transfer into a four-year college or university. The degree can also be earned by students who are undecided on their specific area of study. This degree will take about two years to complete as a full-time student. More specialized AA degrees such as AA Business Administration, AA Communication or AA Education allow students to focus more on courses related to a four-year degree in that specific area. AS — Associate in Science

The Associate in Science degree is for programs that are more math and science oriented. They are designed to transfer into a four-year college or university in areas specific to health, technical degrees, and some preprofessional programs. This degree will take about two years to complete as a full-time student. AAS — Associate in Applied Science

The Associate in Applied Science degree program will prepare students for immediate employment opportunities or for transfer credit to colleges on a parallel course evaluation basis. This degree consists of high quality technical courses with less general education courses. This degree will take about two years to complete as a full-time student. Diploma

Diploma programs prepare students for entry employment and are designed with the assistance of advisory committees to ensure that graduates meet employment requirements. While preparation for employment is a major objective, several programs provide students with the opportunity to complete an associate’s degree with one year of additional study. The diploma will take about one year (2-3 semesters) to complete as a full-time student. Certificate

Certificates are short programs that provide training for students who want to renew and enhance their skills for current employment, need to complete a condensed training because of a demanding work schedule, or those who seek new skills to enhance their employment marketability. The certificate completion will vary based on the major.

Questions... How do I … decide on an area of study... know which courses to take... register for class? Our advising staff will assist you in finding answers to these and many other questions. Calmar Campus 800.728.2256, ext. 376 Peosta Campus 800.728.7367, ext. 294

Where do I … find out if I qualify for financial aid... get scholarship and grant information? Our financial aid staff is here to assist in finding funding solutions that work for you. Calmar Campus 800.728.2256, ext. 376 Peosta Campus 800.728.7367, ext. 401

When do I … apply... visit campus... start classes? The admissions staff is here to answer all of your questions … even the ones you forget to ask! Give us a call, we are waiting for you! Calmar Campus 800.728.2256, ext. 376 Peosta Campus 800.728.7367, ext. 401


Grants, Loans and Scholarships, Making Sense of it All! Grants This is free money that is awarded to students, possibly based on specific criteria, that does not need to be repaid. Subsidized Stafford Loans The interest on these loans is paid by the federal government while students are enrolled at least half-time and during a six-month grace period. These funds must be repaid. Unsubsidized Stafford Loans Financial need is not required to borrow an unsubsidized loan. Students are responsible for the interest on these loans and must be enrolled at least half-time. These funds must be repaid. Scholarships Free Money! Funds awarded to students based on specific criteria that do not need to be repaid. Vocational Rehabilitation This federal and state sponsored program provides counseling, medical services, and vocational training to help persons with disabilities find employment. Workforce Investment Act (WIA) WIA can provide financial assistance to persons who are unemployed or underemployed and to ADC recipients who are in need of retraining to upgrade their skills. Applicants must meet WIA guidelines to be eligible.

State and Federal Grants Pell Grants


Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG)


Iowa Grant


Iowa Vocational-Technical Grant


All Iowa Opportunities/ All Iowa Foster Care Grant []

Varied funding

All monetary values are listed as annual maximum amounts per student. Amounts are accurate at the time of printing but are subject to change.


Veterans Assistance NICC educational programs are approved by the Veterans Educational Unit of the Iowa Department of Education for the training of eligible persons under current GI Bill programs. Employer Assistance Some employers cover educational costs as part of their commitment to staff development. Ask your employer about financial help that might be available. Tuition Payment Plan A monthly payment plan for tuition and course fees is provided through Nelnet. This online service allows automatic debits from a checking, savings or credit card account.

Financial Aid 101 Don’t Break the Bank. In 2010 over $25 million in financial aid was awarded to students just like you. You are probably wondering “How do I get some of that money?” That is why we are here…to walk you through the financial aid process step-by-step.

Show Me the Money. If you want scholarships, grants, loans or work-study, you need to complete the FAFSA [Free Application for Federal Student Aid.] Applications can be completed at and need to be submitted as soon as possible after January 1 each year. To have your FAFSA record sent to NICC you must include the school code for the campus you plan to attend. Calmar: 004587 Peosta: 012634

Additional Resources: (access code: NICCFL)

Practical. Which tuition bill would you prefer to pay? The numbers speak for themselves. It is common to equate expensive with excellence. NICC offers a quality education that is substantially less than the cost of Iowa’s four-year colleges and universities…we prefer to call this equation practical.

Do the Math. Need help managing your bills? Want to know what your loan payments might be? Get these questions answered and many more at Use the access code NICCFL to login. $22,751 Iowa private college/university tuition* $7,141 Iowa public university tuition* $4,500 NICC tuition* * Based on 30 credit hours at 2010-2011 tuition rates. Source: Iowa College Student Aid Commission Annual Student Budget Survey

Maria Nursing Program Peosta Campus


PersonalGrowth NICC students on a service project trip to the San Francisco area.

Clubs and Organizations Alpha Beta Gamma American Association of Respiratory Care and Iowa Society for Respiratory Care American Dental Assistants Association American Health Information Management Association American Massage Therapy Association American Society of Radiologic Technologists Business Professionals of America Associated Bodywork and Massage Therapists Cougar Choristers Dairy Science Club Dubuque District Dental Assistants Society Dubuque District Society of Radiologic Technologists

More than books ...

Gay Straight Alliance

NICC has a wide variety of

campus activities designed to enrich the college experience of its diverse student population. Become a leader of iMPACT, and

Health Occupation Students of America iMPACT (Student Senate) Iowa Association for Education of Young People Iowa Dental Assistants Association

represent students like you. Participate in a service trip helping

Iowa Society of Radiologic Technologists

flood victims rebuild or relax in the Cougar CafĂŠ with classmates.

National Student Nurses Association

NICC provides opportunities for you to expand more than just

NICC Student Nurses Association

your mind.

Nontrad Network Northeastern Press Phi Theta Kappa

Take a chance ...

Rodeo Club

Make valuable connections within

your field of study by joining a student club or organization. Networking with other students, instructors and professional leaders will give you that competitive edge when searching for employment after graduation.


STEP(Support Through the Encouragement of Peers) Some clubs and organizations are campus specific.

In their own words ... A Student’s Experience “Computers, a permanent layoff at work and a dyslexia diagnosis all contributed to my initial apprehension of starting college. Like many adult students, I didn’t know how I would do in class, since I have not been in school for such a long time. But, I decided to go for it! I get the individual attention I need and the Learning Center is helping with study skills. It is amazing the amount of support I receive as a student.” Lisa Hoffman - NICC Marketing Student

A Graduate’s Experience “I had always been interested in the medical field. With changes happening all of the time I knew there would be a demand for someone with my skills. NICC gave me the confidence to succeed in my work environment. I didn’t see `age gaps’ on campus between students or staff. At NICC, success is always the goal, no matter what your age.” Annete Rinken - NICC Graduate - Health Information Technology (HIT)

An Instructor’s Experience “I find community college students seem much more invested in their education than their four-year college or university peers. Our adult students bring a vast array of career experiences to the classroom and provide real world examples of the theory we teach. I truly enjoy the variety of learning styles and backgrounds at NICC, and our students achieve great things.” Gary Cross - NICC Computer Technology Instructor


Full-time Full-time students enroll in 12-18 credit hours each semester, which is 4-6 classes. Finding balance between personal obligations and your education is a priority. We understand this and strive to make your decision to attend NICC easier by offering convenient class times and locations.

Half-time Half-time students enroll in 3-9 credit hours each semester, which is 1-3 classes. Let’s admit it, whether you choose to enroll half-time because of time commitments or because you have been out of school for awhile, it’s scary. Our admissions and advising staff will work with you to ensure you take courses that fit your needs and develop a plan that will help you achieve your goals.

Transferring NICC provides an affordable alternative to starting your college education. With an Associate in Arts degree from NICC, your transfer options are limitless. We maintain formal articulation agreements with several colleges and universities which makes transferring seamless. NICC holds articulation agreements with the following colleges and universities; Clarke College, Iowa State University, Lakeland College, Loras College, Luther College, University of Dubuque, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Upper Iowa University and University of Wisconsin - Platteville. To view our articulation agreements visit


Education On Your Terms We know you are busy and have a life outside the classroom. That is why you have choices: full-time or part-time, online or face-to-face, day or evening.

I found the schedule of classes very compatible with my schedule. I am a mother and work full-time. My day is full, but I am making it happen.

Jennifer AA Education Peosta Campus



Distance Learning


Step on campus and


Online, hybrid* and

It is all about time.

feel the energy of

scheduled evening

ICN courses provide

Knowing your time is

other students like

classes, beginning

the same quality

valuable, NICC offers

yourself. Study in the

after 5 p.m., make

education but at a

the convenience

library, listen to a band

it easier for adult

time and place that

of weekend course

over lunch or release

students with a

meets your needs.

options in some of our

some tension and

full-time job or

stress by getting a

children to balance

back massage during

work, family

finals week.

and school.

program offerings.

*(a combination of online and face-to-face)


Career Planning Where do you go from here?

Career Services offers: • Career Planning • Career Assessments • Resume & Cover Letter Writing • Mock Interviewing

We know you want a great job after graduation - Career Services provides the tools and support needed to find your career

• Internships/Job Shadowing • Job Search Assistance • Professionalism Workshops

path, prepare for an interview or conduct a job search. With the

• Job Fairs

knowledge and experience gained through NICC’s hands-on

• Alumni Employment Data

approach to learning, you will have the skills employers need.


• Iowa Workforce Data

Joshua Industrial Electrician Calmar Campus

Where are the jobs? Information from alumni and Iowa Workforce Development can help you.

Hot Jobs in Northeast Iowa Include: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Medical and Health Services Managers Accountants and Auditors Personal Finance Advisors Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Dental Assistants Bill and Account Collectors Customer Service Reps Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers Security Guards Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders

(Sources: 2006-2016 Occupational Projects and 2007 Iowa Wage Survey, Iowa Workforce Development)

Top Skills Needed: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Active Listening Reading Comprehension Critical Thinking Speech Monitoring Mathematics Judgment and Decision Making Time Management Persuasion Writing Equipment Maintenance Troubleshooting Repairing Installation Coordination Social Perceptiveness

For career advice: Calmar Campus 800.728.2256, ext. 214 Peosta Campus 800.728.7367, ext. 297

Start your career search! 1. Search a full list of NICC programs of study:


Contact the Employment & Career Services office to take a career assessment or to make a career counseling appointment.

3. Stop in the Employment and Career Services

office and we will help you get your job search started. Our support continues even after graduation. Alumni are encouraged to utilize our services for employment or career assistance.

4. Explore other career websites: (occupational information)


Step by Step: An Admission Checklist Complete the NICC application for admission.

Let’s get acquainted … visit campus!

Take the ACCUPLACER admission assessment for course placement and prerequisite requirements. Assessment waivers are possible.

Complete the FAFSA and apply for financial aid.

Welcome Wednesdays are the perfect opportunity for you to visit our campus and get a feel for the college environment, but most importantly get your questions answered. Visiting campus it the best way to truly understand what NICC has to offer. This is your opportunity to meet faculty, speak with an advisor and have those tough financial aid questions answered.

Schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss your educational plan.

Find a visit day that works for you and reserve your spot at or call the campus you would like to visit:

Register for classes.

Get your class schedule and tuition bill electronically on Xpress (NICC portal).

Calmar 800.728.2256, ext. 376 Peosta 800.728.7367, ext. 259

2011-2012 Visit Days Morning Visits (begin at 10 a.m.) September 28, 2011 October 12, 2011

Pay your tuition bill. Calmar: Administration Building Peosta: Bookstore/Business Services

October 26, 2011 November 16, 2011 December 7, 2011 February 9, 2012

Bring your course schedule and purchase your books at the NICC bookstore.

February 29, 2012 March 7, 2012 March 28, 2012 April 25, 2012

When classes start, get your Student ID in the Student Life office.

July 18, 2012 Evening Visits (begin at 4 p.m.) November 9, 2011 April 11, 2012


Admission Apply TODAY! There is no fee and it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 …. There may be limited enrollment or waiting lists for our top programs.

1. You can choose to apply in

Calmar Campus: P.O. Box 400 Calmar, IA 52132-0400 Peosta Campus: 10250 Sundown Road Peosta, Iowa 52068-9703

one of three ways:

• Apply online: • Complete the application on the back of this page and mail to the campus you plan to attend.

Drop off your completed application at one of our convenient locations in Calmar, Peosta, Cresco, Dubuque, Manchester, Oelwein or Waukon.

2. Send all official college and

high school transcripts to the admissions office at the campus you plan to attend.

3. Complete the ACCUPLACER

admission assessment for acceptance to the college and placement in general education courses.

Calmar 800.728.2256, ext. 311 Peosta 800.728.7367, ext. 226



Calmar Campus | Peosta Campus

Personal Information Social Security No.

� Male

� Female

Complete Legal Name Last

Date of Birth Middle Initial


Former Last Name

Mailing Address - Number & Street

P.O. Box Zip Code

State or Country

City/Town Home Phone Number

Work/Cell Phone Number


Email Address Emergency Contact Phone

Emergency Contact Name

� Yes � No Ethnic/racial background: Are you Hispanic/Latino Select one or more races: � American Indian or Alaska Native � Asian

(This data is optional and is for compliance with regulations established by the U.S. Department of Education.)

� Black or African American

� Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

� White

Enrollment Information Prior application to NICC?

� Yes

Start term:

� Fall (August) 20_ _ _

� No

I plan to attend:

� Calmar Campus

� Peosta Campus

� Winterim (December) 20_ _ _

� Spring (January) 20_ _ _

� Summer (May) 20_ _ _

Program: (Choose one from the listing on back.) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Educational Objectives: (Reason for attending NICC.) � Transfer to another college/university [A] � Improve skills for present job [C] � Prepare to enter the job market [B] � Explore courses to decide on a career [D]

� Take courses for personal interest [E] � Improve basic skills/self-improvement [F]

Are you a citizen of the U.S.? � Yes � No What is your native language? Non-U.S. citizens, state your current visa status: ________________________________________ Are you an Iowa resident? Country of origin: ___________________________________________________________________________________ Highest level of education completed by either parent:

� Not a high school graduate � One or two-year degree

Will you be applying for financial aid?

Would you like career planning assistance?

� Yes

� No

� Prepare to change careers [G] � Meet certification/licensure requirement [H] � Undecided [I] � English � Other: _______________________ � Yes � No

� High school or GED graduate � Bachelor’s degree � Yes

� Some college-no degree � Higher than Bachelor’s degree

� No

Educational Information Are you:

� Currently in high school

Highest degree earned after high school: � Less than two-year degree

� High school graduate

� GED graduate

� Other

� Two-year degree

� Four-year degree

� Graduate degree

� N/A

High school or GED testing center where you graduated, or will be graduating: (Non-graduates list last high school attended) High School

City and State

Dates Attended


� Yes � No � Yes � No

Colleges/Universities Attended: (Transfer and Veteran students must submit official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities attended to receive credit or educational benefits.) College/University (including NICC)

City and State



Date Thank you for your application. If additional information is needed prior to acceptance the Admissions Office will contact you.

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Northeast Iowa Community College prohibits discrimination in educational programs, employment, and activities on the basis of age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, or disability as required by the 1964 Civil rights Act, titles VI and VII; the 1972 Education Amendments, Title IX; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1975 (ADEA); the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Title II; Titles I and V; the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and the Iowa Code, Chapter 216.

NICC is comprised of two main campuses and six outlying centers. The Calmar campus is located in the scenic upper Iowa River valley 10 miles

• Minneapolis

south of Decorah on Hwy. 150. The Peosta campus is located on Hwy. 20 just 10 miles west of the thriving, picturesque city of Dubuque on the mighty Mississippi river.

• Eau Claire • Rochester

major metropolitan areas of Chicago, Minneapolis


New Hampton

Peosta Campus

• Des Moines

Our campuses are just three hours from the

• LaCrosse

� � � �Calmar Campus • Madison Milwaukee • Oelwein� Manchester� � � Dubuque


• Iowa City • Quad Cities • Burlington

and Des Moines.

• St. Louis

Chicago •

Calmar Campus 1625 Hwy. 150 South Calmar, IA 52132-0400 563.562.3263 800.728.2256 Fax: 563.562.3719 Peosta Campus 10250 Sundown Rd. Peosta, IA 52068-9703 563.556.5110 800.728.7367 Fax: 563.556.5058 Online

College Viewbook 2011  

Northeast Iowa Community College nontraditional student viewbook 2011

College Viewbook 2011  

Northeast Iowa Community College nontraditional student viewbook 2011