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Upper Iowa University Upper Iowa University offers the right stuff for both boasts a state-of-the art “green” Liberal Arts Building. traditional and nontraditional students Other major capital improvement projects were recently completed, including two more suite-style What makes Upper Iowa University different? Just to residence halls and the renovation of Harms-Eischeid name one, it’s the way students take classes. Instead of Football Stadium. traditional semesters, UIU offers several eight-week terms during the academic year. Most students take just UIU has competitive tuition and an aggressive two courses at a time. That means they have more time approach to financial aid. Nearly every undergraduate to master each subject. It also means they have more student on campus who is eligible, as determined by the time to get involved in campus activities, student life, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and athletics. And most UIU students can still graduate receives financial assistance. UIU offers a variety of in the same time frame as college students who follow endowed, institutional and athletic scholarships and the traditional format. works to increase the amount of scholarship money available. The result of the University’s emphasis on A unique feature at Upper Iowa University is the increasing affordability is that most UIU students Honors Program for freshmen on the Fayette campus. graduate with less debt from the Fayette campus than The program addresses the academic needs of the most other students in Iowa. academically prepared students who enroll at Upper Iowa. Through the program, students take a common UIU isn’t just for traditional students. UIU also set of honors courses, working and studying together offers affordable non-traditional students several throughout their undergraduate years. This program is options for attending college – in community-based for students who have at least a 26 ACT score and at education centers, online, or through independent study least a 3.5 high school grade point average. As part of programs. In all, UIU provides accredited the Honors Program experience, UIU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more accommodations on an honors floor in one of the new than 6,200 students university-wide. UIU has 19 suite-style residence halls. education centers – including four in Iowa – as well as international centers. Ranked a top “military-friendly” UIU emphasizes academic quality with small class college, UIU is committed to serving the total military sizes (13:1 student/faculty ratio), personal attention, family with tuition discounts, education centers on and highly trained faculty members, most of whom military bases, and programs that serve active military have earned the highest degree possible in their field. wherever they are deployed. Founded in 1857, UIU UIU offers more than 40 majors. The only NCAA remains a private, not-for-profit university. UIU’s Division II athletic program in Iowa, UIU has 13 online bachelor’s program and master’s of business varsity athletic teams that compete in the Northern Sun administration program were recently ranked by U.S. Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). News & World Report as part of its “2013 Best Online Education Programs.” Upper Iowa students living at the residential campus in Fayette, Iowa, can choose from several living To learn more, visit the UIU website at options. Freshmen and sophomores can live in a traditional residential hall or a suite-style residence hall. Upper classmen may choose to live off campus. The Fayette campus also features a modern student center with expanded dining facilities. The campus 2G

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ECC Criminal Justice Professor/Police Office Teachers Real-life Experiences

IOWA FALLS – At Ellsworth Community College, Criminal Justice students get way more than just the textbook basics … they also learn through real-life examples and testimonials from their professor, parttime police officer Michael Emerson. Officer Emerson has been serving the Iowa Falls community for nearly 16 years; he began teaching at ECC two and a half years ago. Emerson started his education at Ellsworth before studying at Buena Vista University, and eventually Concordia University in Saint Paul, MN. After actively serving the Iowa Falls community for nine years, he was promoted to sergeant. Since taking on teaching full-time, he resumed police officer duties on a part-time basis. His experiences and professional connections as an officer have played exceedingly well into his curriculum, and his passion for both of his jobs is contagious to students studying to become future law enforcement professionals. “I really like interacting with the students, and I enjoy feeling like I am having some sort of impact on them,” says Emerson. “While they’re in my classroom, I have the opportunity to open their eyes to different options in the field.” Emerson’s specialties on the police force include interview and interrogation, crisis negotiation, D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), and teaching pepper spray tactics. Although he teaches crisis negotiation in his classroom, interview and interrogation tends to be the most popular subject matter among his students. “Getting someone to tell you things that they don’t want to tell you is not accomplished in the real world like it is in the movies or on TV … it isn’t aggressive or violent at all,” Emerson explains. He shares footage

from shows like Cops and The First 48, which feature actual officers who are dealing with real people, as part of his classroom training. Emerson says his field experiences have added more validity to his teaching: “I feel that there’s merit and definite value in my real-world examples of what has worked, and what hasn’t worked. Students like to see that kind of credibility in their studies.” One of Emerson’s sophomore students, Kayla Kruse of Monona, IA, is grateful for her experiences in and out of the classroom. “Studying at ECC is a unique experience. I feel very confident and like I could have a competitive edge because I’ve attended ECC. I know that criminal justice programs around the world do activities and fundraisers within their clubs, but a lot of them have advisors and professors who have been out of the system for a while. I have a professor who is up to date on training and who is currently working in the field. He is confident and very knowledgeable,” she said. Kruse would like to work in law enforcement after graduation and feels that earning her associate degree will give her a preview of what her training and work will entail. “It would be ideal to do county or bigger city federal work in the long run,” she said. Her advice to other students interested in Criminal Justice is: “Take as many classes offered as you can, and join clubs. Explore the field, make yourself marketable, and be versatile.” For more information about the Ellsworth Community College Criminal Justice program, contact Michael Emerson at or phone 641-648-8632. Information is also available online at

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Tips for Academic Success A few strategies will boost your chances of doing well in college, whether you're a senior or a freshman.

• Outline. Outlining the information will help you see how it all fits together and increase your understanding.

Attend Class Study Effectively It should be obvious that students who regularly go to class Try to study at least two hours outside of class for each hour get better grades. If you're in class, you: you spend in class. Some other suggestions include: • Get information straight from the professor. Along with inclass exercises and handouts that aren't available in the textbook. • Show the professor that you're willing to participate. • Might be able to find a mentor in one of your teachers. • May get participation or bonus points. • Have a chance to sit close to the front – studies show students up front get better grades. Get to Know Your Professor Every teacher has a different system and, of course, a different personality. If you know your professors, you can: • Adjust your style to suit theirs, which can mean better grades. • Let your professor know if you're having trouble. If you're struggling with the work or tests, schedule an appointment to get some help.

• Study early and often. Last-minute cramming rarely works. Break your study time into small segments so your mind can absorb the material. • Develop good study habits. The earlier you begin, the easier it will be to stick with them. • Find a system that works. Try different methods (and combinations of methods) until you find a system that's effective for you. You can: • Use flashcards. • Rewrite notes. • Study with one or more classmates. • Ask the professor for review sheets or guides. • Find the perfect location or setting. • Buddy up. Find someone who is doing well in the class and ask them for help, or ask your professor to help you find a tutor. • Make studying job one. Schoolwork is your top priority in school.

Take Good Notes Prepare Well for Tests Not just notes, but good notes. Effective notes will reflect Many times, test scores will make up a large part of your what will be on tests and what is needed for projects. grade. These tips can improve your test-taking ability. • Be an active listener. Learn how to listen in class instead of passing the time with text messaging or chatting. • Focus on the main ideas. Your professor may repeat the most important points or even tell you what will be on the midterm. • Rewrite your notes later, if that helps you learn the information. Rewriting notes has been shown to help students remember and understand better. Use Your Textbook Your professor chose this book to go along with the discussion points and to help you study for tests. •

Read all the assignments. Skim the headers, charts, graphics and callouts; then read the entire assignment. • Highlight. Take notes or use a highlighter to pick out the important points. This will help you find them later when you review.

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• Know what to expect. Learn the professor's test style by asking students who have already taken the class about the types of questions that are asked and what content will be covered. • Think it through. Read test directions carefully and come up with a plan. You may want to tackle essay questions first, for example, to make sure you don't run out of time and miss sections worth more points. • Set the pace. Your professor created a test that students who know the material can finish in the time allowed. Estimate where you should be halfway through the test period and aim for that. • Clarify during the test. If you have a question about a test item, ask. Don't wait until you get the exam back to find out you misinterpreted the question. • Keep going. If you find yourself really struggling with a question, try moving on. It may be easier to answer the challenging item when you've finished the rest. 5G

Dordt College: Find your place in God’s world Coming from Clara City, Minnesota, Briana Vander Woude knew she wanted to go to a smaller college, one where she could pursue both academic and athletic interests. “I’ve had at least as many opportunities at Dordt College as I would have had at a bigger school,� she says. Vander Woude has taken full advantage of Dordt’s offerings: she is majoring in education with emphases in mathematics and coaching. Along with studying and spending time with friends, she has set college records in track and field, earning All-American and NAIA Scholar-Athlete status multiple times.

music ensembles, intercollegiate sports and intramurals, theater productions, student publications, and more, the possibilities are endless. Named to the best colleges lists of U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Washington Monthly, and, Dordt College has a friendly and vibrant community of approximately 1,400 students, most of whom live on campus. A Dordt education is affordable, with 98% of students receiving financial aid, averaging $21,900 per student. On average, our students graduate with $21,900 in debt, lower than many private colleges and lower than the state’s public universities. And 96% of graduates are employed within six months of graduation.

Competing in the NAIA Indoor Nationals pentathlon each of her four years at Dordt College, Briana rose from 11th place as a freshman to fifth as a sophomore, If you’re looking for a comprehensive Christian runner-up as a junior, and finally first place as a senior. education that will encourage you to think, question, and prepare for your calling in God’s world, then check Dordt students, like Briana, find that Dordt College has out Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Visit many excellent opportunities to develop their interests to learn more or schedule a and talents. With more than 90 programs of study, 11 visit to campus. pre-professional programs, 30 clubs, mission trips,

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North Iowa Area Community College The Perfect Fit for You! Graduating from high school and leaving home is exciting, but it can also be a little frightening for many students. That’s what’s so great about choosing NIACC first. NIACC isn’t too big and it isn’t too small. NIACC is the perfect fit, no matter what you have planned for the future. When you come to NIACC, it’s like putting on your favorite pair of blue jeans. When you’re here, you become part of the NIACC family. You get to know your fellow students but you also get to know the staff and faculty. The class sizes are small enough that you really do know your instructors — and that’s important. We even have students transfer back to NIACC after they tried a larger school and decided it wasn’t for them. Transferring back to NIACC is easy! At NIACC, you will get a quality education at a price you can’t beat. And let’s face it, during these difficult economic times everyone is looking for a great deal. At NIACC, you’ll get the same great education at a fraction of the cost of attending a four-year university. Personalized Attention & Quality Faculty At NIACC, you won’t get lost in any crowds. You’ll feel comfortable asking your instructors for help, because you’ll know them. The college is big enough to give you plenty of opportunities, but small enough for personal attention. Plus, instructors at NIACC are outstanding! NIACC instructors know what they’re talking about and they help you when you need it. You’ll find helpful, caring staff and faculty at NIACC who want to see you succeed.

Transferring is Easy NIACC has transfer agreements with more than 40 four-year schools. That means NIACC keeps you on track with your future plans. It also means you can go to NIACC, get a great college education, experience college life and transfer to another quality school without missing a beat. If you plan to transfer, it’s important to stay at NIACC until you complete your degree. That way the entire degree transfers without question. Hundreds of NIACC graduates go to senior institutions to complete their bachelor’s degrees and beyond. You can even transfer to the Buena Vista University campus at NIACC, where you can complete a bachelor’s degree. The transition is seamless. Maybe you prefer a Career Program Once you’ve graduated from a career program at NIACC, you’re a hot commodity. NIACC graduates work in companies all over North Iowa and around the United States. NIACC gives you the education you need to go where you want to go, do what you want to do and be the best. Hundreds of NIACC students enter the workforce annually upon graduation from our one- and two-year career programs, with placement rates exceeding 95% year after year. Make Your Choice Please do your homework. Compare the cost of attending NIACC with other schools. We update a tuition comparison chart every year and post it on our web site: The best way to learn about NIACC is to visit our campus and see what we have to offer. Call the NIACC Admissions Office today: 641-422-4245 or toll free 1-888-GO-NIACC ext 4245. Visit us online at

North Iowa Area Community College is a great place to start your future, no matter what your age. We have a beautiful campus atmosphere, on-campus housing, recreation center, music and athletic programs, performing arts series and more. Consider these important points: • We offer a high quality education with small class sizes so students know their instructors. • Students who come to NIACC right after high school can save their families more than $7,000 by starting at NIACC — and their credits easily transfer to four-year schools. • 95% of NIACC career and technical graduates get jobs! Contact our Admissions Office today and schedule a campus visit!

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Campus Life Some students can't wait to move away from home and These tips will help you become aware of your surroundings immerse themselves in the vibrant campus society. Others find in campus housing. it a little intimidating to leave everything they've ever known • Elevators. Never get on an elevator if someone suspicious is either already on or about to get on with you. Stand near the and be expected to handle all life's details without the support controls so you can press the alarm button and the button for system that's always been there. the next floor if you feel threatened. Whether one of these, or something in between, describes • Isolated places. Be careful, especially late at night, in places like: your situation, social life on campus is a huge part of the college • Laundry rooms. experience. Finding your niche, or not finding it, can mean the • Stairwells. difference between loving college and hating it. And enjoying the social side too much can cause as many problems as • Dorm rooms. Keep your door locked at all times. If you live in a building where everyone leaves their doors open, at least avoiding the social scene altogether. lock up at bedtime. Don't remove safety gates and window jambs. They are there for your safety. To keep your social and academic lives balanced: • Get to know your roommate(s). This may be your first • Dorm buildings. Even in a locked dorm, you may be at risk. • Don't loan anyone your keys or tell anyone the door experience sharing space with someone other than family combination. members. Learn to respect your roommate's personality and • If you don't know someone, don't allow them in. Also needs. Creating a good relationship early on means it'll be make sure others follow this practice. Ask for ID from easier to study and live together. people who say they work for places like: • Keep in touch with home. Even if your parents didn't attend • Utility companies. college, they did learn to live on their own. Plus, they • Campus security. probably know you better than anyone else does. Your • Pest control. parents can provide great support. (And you'll be amazed • If you think your school's policy for dorm safety is not how much better you get along when neither of you is strict enough or not enforced: worried about your curfew!) • Mention it at your dorm meeting. • Make new friends. Reach out to your neighbor across the hall • Talk about it at a student government open forum. or strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to you • Write a letter or send a petition to the campus safety in class. office outlining specific problems and possible • Get involved in extracurricular activities. This is another solutions. great way to meet new people and find a place where you • Know your area. Note where emergency phones and security belong. stations are, and pay attention to places that might be • Set limits. Remember to balance your activities with work, particularly unsafe at night. academics and social relationships. • Be smart. Make informed decisions about dating, safety and • Show confidence. Walk with authority and look like you know exactly where you're going, even if it's only an act. new experiences. Know what your comfort level is and don't • Pay attention. to your surroundings and people who are go beyond it. walking behind, in front of and across from you. • Lighten your load. Carry as few bags and books as you can. Campus Safety If you do have a lot to cart around, think about a wheeled backpack. Being on a college campus is exciting because you have the chance to meet a lot of new people from different backgrounds. • Use the buddy system. Especially at night, avoid walking or running alone. Some campuses offer escort services; use You also have more freedom to make your own decisions and them. stretch your independence. Now that you're responsible for your own well-being, you need to take precautions to make sure you • Take a self-defense class. Many schools offer these programs. If yours doesn't, chances are good there is one in a nearby stay safe. community. If you live in campus or college housing, the school is responsible for your safety. How schools handle this duty varies • Keep your ears open. If you're running or walking alone, leave the headphones behind so you can hear what's going on from campus to campus and includes features like security around you. stations, safety officers, emergency phones and pass-code security systems. Find out what services your school offers and • Keep your cell phone handy. Program the number for campus safety or 911 into your speed dial, so you can dial quickly. how to use or contact them. 8G

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Money Management Even if you don't have the cash flow you might wish for – this is the real world, remember; only a few adults ever have the cash flow they wish for – now is the time to learn how to manage your money. As a college student, you already have a lot to think about when it comes to finances – financial aid, credit cards, tuition, fees, grocery money, part-time paychecks. To balance it all, you need to understand budgeting and know the benefits and pitfalls of financial tools like credit. It all takes time and practice to learn, but money management is one of the most important life skills. Build your abilities now so when your cash flow does increase, you know how to handle it

Borrowing Wisely for College

costs. • Calculate your loan payment. Figure out how much you want to borrow over your entire college education, and then calculate your projected payments. Will this be affordable? • Know your obligations. Understand how much you owe and when you need to start paying it back. Review your Master Promissory Notes (MPNs) or talk to your lender. • Keep in touch. Contact your loan holder if you have any questions about your student loans. Make sure your loan holder can reach you at your current address and phone number. • Reduce your debt. Make interest payments while you're in school and when you have some extra cash make an extra payment. These strategies will save you money in interest charges and cut your total repayment time.

Paying for college may be your first big financial purchase. Borrow Only What You Need It's not to be taken lightly. To help you with this huge investment, many types of Just because your award letter gives you a certain loan financial aid are available. While it may seem easier to worry amount, that doesn't mean you have to go out and get a loan about the details later, the best course is to make sure you for that much. Instead, consider: understand exactly what you're getting into so you don't get in over your head. • An in-school budget. • What are your actual expenses and income? Use a • Understand financial aid. Don't forget that the Free calculator to find out. Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) needs to be • Can you cut back on expenses? How about sharing filed each year you wish to receive financial aid. The expenses with roommates? FAFSA is a free form that may be completed without • Is there a way to increase your income? professional assistance via paper or electronic forms • Your actual expenses. provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Keep • Can your work earnings pay for some of the expenses searching for and using grants, scholarships and other calculated in the cost of attendance? sources of aid that don't need to be repaid before you take • Will your parents give you money to pay for part of your • Look for other options. Besides financial aid, you might expenses? have other ways to help you pay for college. • Are supplies, books and materials available more cheaply • Be loan savvy. Research the different types of loans and the online or at secondhand shops? terms associated with them. If you don't understand what a • Life after college. lender tells you, ask questions until you do. Remember, • Estimate the total amount you'll borrow before you you're the customer, and a lender needs to satisfy you to graduate and what the monthly payments will be once win your business. you start repayment. • Borrow only what you need. If you decide that borrowing • Will you be able to afford the monthly loan payments? is necessary, consider exactly what you need and create an • Starting salaries in your career field. in-school budget. • Will you be able to make your loan payments and have a • Use loans the right way. Student loans are meant to help good standard of living? you with college costs, not support a lifestyle. Since you must repay every dollar you borrow now with interest later, student loans should be used only for education-related

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Wayne State College Honors Program is committed to nurturing talent The Wayne State College Honors Program has no perks or privileges. Unless you count opportunities, the program has none of the trappings for honors students found at many institutions around the country.

Kimberly Garhart’s Honors project, supervised by WSC professor Dr. David Bohnert, was titled “Orchestral Works by Debussy and Respighi Transcribed for the Modern Wind Band.” The daughter of Rodney and Mary Garhart of York, Neb., Kimberly is a graduate of York High School and is majoring in Instrumental Music Education. “I felt that Wayne State was home,” Garhart said. “I pulled up to campus for my visit and knew instantly that I was a Wildcat. The band and the music professors helped me make my final decision.”

“We don’t have honors lounges with food and refreshments for honors students, honors classrooms, an honors building, honors computer labs, special honors social events, etc.,” said Dr. James O’Donnell, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and head of the WSC Honors Program. “We keep the program consonant with WSC’s mission of access and opportunity. The only true perk we provide is based on student action rather than Garhart found plenty more reasons to love Wayne State once she enrolled in the Honors Program after her first two years at the privilege.” college. What WSC’s Honors Program does have is a commitment to nurturing talent. One of the immediate rewards has been the “I have learned so much on how to score music for bands and it opportunity to represent Wayne State at the National Collegiate is something I really want to continue to do,” Garhart said. “I would love to go to graduate school for composition and I Honors Council (NCHC) annual convention. definitely believe that if it wasn’t for the Honors Program, I Wayne State College Honors students Michelle Anderson, Seth would have never found my passion of composing and Dallmann, Kimberly Garhart, and Jill Stara presented their arranging music for instrumental ensembles.” Honors projects at the 2012 NCHC convention held Nov. 14-18 in Boston, Mass. Anderson, Dallmann, Garhart, and Stara were Jill Stara’s Honors project, supervised by WSC professor Elise the only Nebraska Honors students presenting at the 2012 Hepworth, was titled “A Survey of Contemporary Disciplinary conference. In fact, for four of the past six years, WSC students Strategies to Meet the Needs of Differentiated Learned in the have been the only students from the state of Nebraska invited Music Classroom.” Jill is the daughter of Kevin and Betsy Stara of David City, Neb., and is majoring in K-12 Music Education. to present at the conference. With more than 300 students in the Honors Program from across nearly every discipline at the college, enrollment in the program has more than doubled since the 2004-05 academic year. O’Donnell began overseeing the program in 2004.

“With its reputation for producing great educators and after meeting the music faculty, I knew that Wayne State College was a place where I would be encouraged to reach my potential and excel in my studies,” she said.

Seth Dallmann’s Honors project, supervised by WSC professor Dr. David Peitz, was titled “Developing Methods to Study Magnetically Controlled Molecular Motors.” The son of Mike and Marti Dallmann of Wilber, Seth is a graduate of WilberClatonia High School and is majoring in pre-pharmacy with a chemistry health science concentration. Dallmann’s poster was Michelle Anderson’s Honors project, supervised by WSC among a small handful of honorees at the conference, through professor Dr. Elise Hepworth, was titled “What All Music being chosen as the winning poster nationally in the category of Educators Must Know Teaching Music to Students with Special Business, Engineering, and Computer Science. Needs: An Exploration of Instructional Strategies and Common Difficulties.” Anderson is the daughter of Keith and Debra Composed of approximately 900 institutional members, the Anderson of Villisca, Iowa, and graduated from Corning National Collegiate Honors Council is the primary organization Community High School. She is majoring in music education. supporting Honors programs at colleges and universities nationwide. The Honors Program at Wayne State College has “My decision on choosing Wayne was based on the location, been a member of the NCHC since 2005, seeking to provide size, cost, and the successful music program,” Anderson said. “I students an in-depth learning environment focusing on enjoy the honors program because it opens the door to more discussion, exploration, experimentation, and active learning. classes and furthering my education.” “Our honors students often serve as tutors and leaders in student government and our co-curricular organizations,” O’Donnell continued. “The work of our honors students is often recognized well beyond our region and state, bringing attention to Wayne State and the quality of education that is available here.”


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Iowa Central Community College Iowa Central Community College offers students a collegiate atmosphere, affordable costs and a wide range of educational opportunities. Students can choose from 40 transfer programs, five career option programs and 33 Applied Science and Technology programs. Iowa Central has expandable class offerings to meet the unfilled job needs of existing and new companies relocating to the area. The flexible course offerings will focus on industrial mechanics, biotechnology, welding, and accounting. Iowa Central has fifteen modern fully-equipped apartment-style residences and recently acquired additional housing south of campus, which will provide both dormitory-style and apartment-style housing. Both housing options are located close to classrooms, parking and activities. The resident life package also includes phone cable, wireless internet, an on-campus fitness center, and a 19-meal dining plan. New in 2010, the Student Resource Center has become the hub of the campus—the center houses the library, bookstore and a large student center equipped with a 70’ television, gaming centers, and pool and ping pong tables. The Triton Zone offers a relaxing space for quick dining. In Fall 2013, the 30,000 square-foot Triton Café will open. It’s a modern dining and convention facility offering five different food courts.

Iowa Central provides opportunities for students to get involved in theatre, music, athletics, and numerous other campus clubs. The music and theatre departments stage two major productions each year. Students are able to participate in all stages of the production from set design to house manager. Vocal and instrumental musicians showcase their talent in a wide variety of campus and community shows. Added this past fall, was athletic bands, which includes marching, drum line and pep band. There are 25 intercollegiate sports for men and women offered, plus dance line, rodeo, and cheer squad. Men and women’s bowling just concluded their 2012-2013 inaugural season. The Iowa Central athletic department has a rich tradition of academic excellence, and won its fourth consecutive all sports championship NATYCAA Cup in 2011-2012. Iowa Central Community College maintains a strong scholarship program, with low tuition, along with Federal financial aid (if you qualify) that makes Iowa Central an affordable choice for obtaining a quality education. To arrange for a campus visit or to get more information, call Iowa Central at 1-800-362-2793 or go to You can also follow us on Facebook at “Iowa Central Community College” and Twitter @IowaCentral.

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