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Northeast Iowa Community College

iNdex Student Resource Guide | 2014-2015

Welcome to Northeast Iowa Community College! It is my pleasure to welcome you to Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). Everyone at NICC has one common mission—YOUR success! Our goal is to provide you with an affordable, challenging education in a supportive learning environment. NICC provides countless support services that will assist you in reaching your goals, whether you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, gain employment in your chosen profession, or enhance skills for your current job. I hope you will take full advantage of all the College has to offer. Allow me to share with you four keys to success: 1. GET ENGAGED—be actively involved in the classroom and around campus. Talk to your instructors, join a club, and participate in student life events. 2. ASK QUESTIONS—let us help you successfully navigate the College policies, processes and jargon. 3. DREAM BIG—you have more ability than you realize. Aim high and do not put limits on yourself. 4. COMMIT TO COMPLETE—pledge to complete what you start and persist to graduation. You will never regret it!

Linda M. Peterson, Ph.D. Vice President for Student Services

I hope the time you spend with us brings new challenges and opportunities for you to grow and become the best you can be in college, in work and in life. Warm Regards,


Important Dates

2014 May May 5 �����������������������������������������������������������Summer 14 Tuition Due May 6 �����������������������������������������������������Summer 14 Books on Sale May 8 �����������������������������������������������������������������������Calmar Orientation May 9 ������������������������������������������������������������������������Peosta Orientation May 12 ���������������������������������������������������������������������Peosta Orientation May 13 ��������������������������������������������������������������������Calmar Orientation May 12-14 �����������������������������������������������������Spring 14 Final Exams May 13-14 �����������������������������������������������������������������������Book Buy Back May 14 �����������������������������������������������������Spring 14 Semester Ends

May 15 ��������������������������������������������������������������������Calmar Graduation May 16 ���������������������������������������������������������������������Peosta Graduation May 19 �������������������������������������������Summer 14 Semester Begins May 28 ���������������������������������������������������������������������Peosta Orientation

June June 20 ����������������������������������������������������Summer 14 Financial Aid Refunds Processed*


Important Dates



July 1................................State of Iowa Financial Aid Deadline July 3-4 �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������No Classes July 9 �������������������������������������������������������������������������Calmar Orientation July 23............................. Summer 14 Semester Withdrawal^

December 16-18...............................................Fall 14 Final Exams December 17-18........................................................Book Buy Back December 18...............................................Fall 14 Semester Ends




August 7 ������������������������������������������������������������������Fall 14 Tuition Due August 8 ���������������������������������������������������������������������������Book Buy Back August 12 ��������������������������������������������������������������Peosta Orientation August 13 �����������������������������������������Summer 14 Semester Ends ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Peosta Orientation August 14 �������������������������������������������������������������Calmar Orientation August 18 �������������������������������������������������������������Calmar Orientation ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Peosta Orientation August 21 ��������������������������������������������������Fall 14 Semester Begins

January 5 ��������������������������������������������������������Spring 15 Tuition Due January 6 ����������������������������������������������������������������Peosta Orientation January 7 �����������������������������������Peosta Orientation Snow Date January 8 ���������������������������������������������������������������Calmar Orientation January 12 ����������������������������������������Spring 15 Semester Begins



September 1 ���������������������������������������������������������������������������No Classes September 22 ��������������������������������������������������Fall 14 Financial Aid Refunds Processed*

October October 22 ����������������������������������������������������Spring 15 Continuing Student Registration ��������������������������������������������������������������������������Summer 15 Continuing Student Registration October 20-21 �����������������������������������������������������������������������No Classes October 23 ��������������������������Peosta Student Crisis Fundraiser October 24.................Fall 14 Graduation Applications Due October 30 �������������������������Calmar Student Crisis Fundraiser

November November 1...........Spring 15 NICC Scholarship Deadline November 5..............Spring 15 New Student Registration .......................................Summer 15 New Student Registration November 17..........................Fall 14 Semester Withdrawal^ November 26-28..................................................................No Classes

February February 11 ����������������������������������������������� Spring 15 Financial Aid Refunds Processed* March 6.................................Spring & Summer 15 Graduation Applications Due March 9-13 �������������������������������������������������������������������������������No Classes ��������������������������������������������������������������������������Student Life Service Trip

April April 1...................................Fall 15 NICC Scholarship Deadline April 2-6 ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������No Classes April 8 ������������������������������������������������������������������������Fall 15 Continuing Student Registration April 15.................................Spring 15 Semester Withdrawal^ April 22..................................Fall 15 New Student Registration

May May 5 �����������������������������������������������������������Summer 15 Tuition Due May 11-13 �����������������������������������������������������Spring 15 Final Exams May 12-13 �����������������������������������������������������������������������Book Buy Back May 13 �����������������������������������������������������Spring 15 Semester Ends May 14 ��������������������������������������������������������������������Calmar Graduation May 15 ���������������������������������������������������������������������Peosta Graduation May 19 �������������������������������������������Summer 15 Semester Begins May 25 �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������No Classes

*Refer to Financial Aid Refund policy on page 7. ^Semester withdrawal date is for classes scheduled for the full semester. Classes shorter in length or having a different timetable may have different deadlines for withdrawal. Refer to *Information in the iNdex is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to annual review.

> Student Records > Registration for specific dates.

1 College Email | Virtual Courseroom | College Calendars | Campus News/Announcements | Grades Course Schedules | Tuition Billing | Financial Aid | Electronic Degree Requirements

College Communications As a student, important notices and announcements from the College will come via the NICC communication portal: Xpress. When you see this icon, , login to Xpress and follow the path. It is critical that you check your account and email regularly, so you don’t miss vital notices.

College Email

• Your NICC email account is your Xpress

• Begin checking your email regularly. Important notices will be sent to you prior to the start of classes. > MyNICC > Personal Tools > Email

On Campus Computer Access

Troubleshooting • If you have issues with the computer network or Xpress. Click: Technical Support on the Xpress dashboard Email: Call: 800.728.2256, ext. 555 FAQ’s: > Technical Support

Enable Cookies

When logging into Xpress from an off-campus computer you may get an error message telling you to enable • By logging into a public access computer, you agree cookies. > Technical Support > Enable Cookies to abide by the NICC Computer Systems Acceptable for instructions. Use Policy found in the catalog • Students can use any public access computer at NICC.

Network Login: Login with the following username: Calmar campus: cstudent Peosta campus: pstudent Dubuque Center: dstudent *no password is required for login. Saving a Document: To save a document while using a public access computer, use a flash drive or upload the file to your Xpress account. > MyNICC > Personal Tools > My Files


Username: ______________________________ • Provided in your acceptance letter or retrieve online at Password: Last Six Digits of your Social Security Number • Existing Xpress users should continue to use their current password. • During initial login you must create a new password. • Visit to have your password emailed to you.

MyNICC is your personal student tab and includes: • College Email and Announcements • Course gradebooks, message boards, tools and other resources

• Campus Calendars • Student Clubs and Communities

Student Records provides important registration information and instant access to your personal academic and financial profile. Xpress Initial Set-up 1. Establish an alternate email address >MyNICC>Personal Tools>Profile>Password Hint 2. Sign up for Emergency and Weather Alerts >MyNICC>MyCruiserAlert 3. Sync your email with a mobile device

>MyNICC>Personal Tools>Email>Settings>POP3/IMAP Access

4. Verify your class schedule

>Student Records>My Class Schedule

5. Complete the Xpress Courseroom Tutorial >Academics>TRN-100:Student Xpress Courseroom Tutorial


Academic Advising and Registration Who is my Academic Advisor? You will be assigned a permanent advisor during your first semester of enrollment. Advisor contact information will be provided by mail or Xpress email.

What are my Responsibilities? • Visit with your advisor at least once a semester. • Actively use Xpress. • Know your degree requirements. > MyNICC > Student Records > Academic Record > My Degree Requirements


• www.nicc.ed u/academicad vising additional ad vising • www.nicc.ed u/transfer information o n transferring N ICC credits to other colleg es.

How and When do I Register in the Future? 1. Check registration dates. > Student Records > Registration 2. Review My Degree Requirements to determine which courses you still need to complete > Student Records > Academic Record > My Degree Requirements 3. Schedule an advising appointment. 4. Search for available courses. 4. Register online. > Student Records > Registration > Xpress Registration OR Search and Register

Enrollment status at NICC Fall/Spring/Summer Full-time Student

12+ credits

¾ time Student

9-11 credits

½ time Student

6-8 credits

Less than ½ time Student

5 credits or less

Enrollment status affects tuition charges and the amount of financial aid awarded.


Online or Hybrid Courses Students enrolling in online and/or hybrid courses must complete an online learning tutorial, TRN-100. You may access the tutorial at > Academics > TRN-100 Xpress Courseroom Tutorial. At the end of the tutorial, you will be instructed to complete a form and submit it. You must complete TRN-100 at least one week prior to the start of the online and/ or hybrid course or you will be cancelled from the course(s). If you need assistance, please contact Distance Learning at 800.728.2256 ext. 374. Detailed instructions are available at

Schedule Changes Prior to the start of a semester, you are able to adjust your schedule online. >Student Records> Registration>Drop Courses or with your advisor. Once the semester begins, you must contact your advisor to drop or withdraw from courses. Refer to > Student Records > Registration to locate specific course withdrawal dates. Any course withdrawals must be submitted in writing to your advisor and are subject to the Refund Policy described below. Course withdrawals are permitted through 他 of the course. Changes to your schedule may affect your financial aid status. Contact the Financial Aid Office prior to making any changes.

Tuition Refund Policy 100% Refund

50% Refund

25% Refund

12-16 Week Courses

1-5 days

6-10 days

11-15 days

8-11 Week Courses

1-3 days

4-7 days

8-10 days

4-7 Week Courses

1-2 days

3-4 days

5-6 days

3 Weeks or Less

Prior to the start of the second course meeting.

No refund

No refund

Tuition and course fee refunds are calculated based on the start date of the course. Calendar days, excluding holidays and weekends, are used for calculation regardless of the number of class meetings.


Paying for College How much does it cost?

Tuition and Fees: $163* per credit hour Number of Credits


Student Fees


Enrollment Status

Financial Aid and Disbursement Information





Less than half-time

Not loan eligible






Loan eligible





Three-quarter time

Loan eligible






Loan eligible

*No out of state tuition! Tuition rates effective 2013-2014 academic year. Each additional credit is charged appropriately as you increase your number of credits.

What should I budget for? Establishing a budget is the most important thing that a student can do to prepare for college financially. The Financial Aid Office can assist you with your money management questions and concerns. Utilize this simple budget to plan: Expenses

Fall 2014

Spring 2015

Summer 2015

Tuition & Fees: ____ credits x $163 =


































Spring 2015

Summer 2015









Fall 2014

Grants (Federal & State gift aid)




Work Study (self-help aid)


Loans (self-help aid)


Personal Savings


Other Funding



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$ $

$ $

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$ $ $

Budget Total = (income - expenses) $



Total Income = $





Total Expenses = $

When is tuition due?

What if I already submitted the FAFSA?

Tuition is due two weeks prior to the start of the semester. Students registering after the due date must immediately pay tuition and fees. If your enrollment plans change, cancel your registration to avoid incurring tuition and fees charges. Non-attendance does not void your account balance.

Follow up with the Financial Aid Office to ensure your file is complete or if additional information is needed.

How do I pay my tuition? There are convenient payment options available. If you are not using financial aid, see payment instructions below.

Tuition Payment Account information is available online > Student Records > Tuition and Fees > Account Summary. Email notice of your tuition and fee statement and due date is sent to your Xpress email. The Business Services Office accepts VISA®, MasterCard® or DISCOVER®. Online Payment Options > Student Records > Tuition and Fees > Pay on My Account

Calmar Payment Options Mail to:

NICC Business Services PO Box 400 Calmar, IA 52132


800.728.2256, ext. 204


Business Services Office Darwin L. Schrage Administration Building

Mail to:

NICC Bookstore/Business Services 8342 NICC Drive Peosta, IA 52068


800.728.7367, ext. 206


Bookstore/Business Services Main Building, Room 214

What if I can’t pay for it all at once? A payment plan option is available. > Student Records > Tuition and Fees > Tuition Payment Plan. You may arrange for monthly automatic payments via: • • •

Checking account Savings account Credit card

Financial Aid Refu


Is financial assistance available?


Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at to see the types of federal and state student aid you are eligible to receive. Information on scholarships and other assistance is available at

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All accepted financia l aid is first applied tow ard your tuition,fees and Book store charges. NICC ha s partnered with Hig process any remaining her One to balance. New students will receive a NICC Blu mail at the beginnin g of their first semest e Card in the er. Use the NICC Blue your refund delivery Card to activate preference at ww w. your refund selection m. You must make through the Higher On e NICC Blue Card, even utilize financial aid. if you don’t The three refund deliv ery choices available are: • NICC Blue Card On e Account • Deposit to your ex isting bank account • Paper check maile d through USPS Refunds are processed approximately 30 da ys after the start of based on enrollmen the semester t status and every we ek thereafter.








Failure to make tuition and fees payment arrangements or not having your financial aid file complete will result in cancellation from all your courses one week prior to the semester starting. Avoid cancellation by finalizing all payment arrangements as soon as possible. Check your Account Summary often. > Student Records > Tuition and Fees > Account Summary

The payment plan covers tuition and course fees with a semester balance of $200 or more; textbooks are excluded. A non-refundable $25 fee per semester does apply.

Peosta Payment Options


What if financial aid is not in place or if no payment is made?


Financial Aid How do I apply for financial aid?

How do I provide tax information?

Complete the FAFSA annually after January 1. Early application may increase your funding options. State of Iowa grants have a July 1 priority deadline.

If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, we highly recommend using the tool for several reasons: • It’s the easiest way to provide your tax data. • It’s the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA has accurate tax information.

What is the school code? Calmar | 004587 Peosta | 012634

If you are ineligible or otherwise choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to retrieve tax information, NICC may require a copy of your IRS Tax Return Transcript (or

Which FAFSA do I complete?

your parents’ IRS Tax Return Transcript if you are a dependent student).

FAFSA Application

Tax Return

Summer 2014



Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2015



Fall 2015




What do I need to complete the FAFSA? All students will need the information listed below. If you are a dependant student, you will be required to submit your parents information as well. • Your Social Security Number • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen) • Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s and other records of money earned (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using

What is verification and what if I am selected? Watch your mail for notice that your FAFSA has been received by NICC. This communication will indicate if you have been selected for verification and if additional information is needed to complete the application process. If you are selected for verification (process by which certain required data on the FAFSA is reviewed for accuracy and completeness), submit the requested information to the Financial Aid Office in a timely manner to avoid processing delays.

Access the missing information and appropriate forms at > Student Records > Financial Aid > Missing Documents.

the IRS Data Retrieval Tool)

• Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable) • Records of untaxed income (if applicable) • A Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically. If you do not already have one, visit to obtain one


NICC Scholarships

• Easy to apply a t /scholarships • Over $100,000 in annual award s to NICC studen • Application Dea ts dlines: Fall semester - A pril 1 Spring semester - November 1

What is an Award Letter and what do I do with it?

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?

Notice will be sent to your NICC email when your Award Letter is available. This letter spells out the details of your financial aid package. Find your Award Letter at > Student Records > Financial Aid > Award Letter.

To remain eligible for financial aid, you must maintain the three federal guidelines that the College monitors each semester: • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). • Complete 67% of your cumulative attempted credits. • Complete your program of study within 150% time frame of your total program length.

Your financial aid amounts are based on full-time enrollment levels for the fall and spring semesters. See enrollment summary on page 6. • Grants: no additional steps are needed on your part. Make sure that it is enough to cover your tuition and fees. Your account will automatically be credited and any remainder will be refunded through your Higher One refund selection. • Work Study: review opportunities at > Student Records > Financial Aid > Workstudy Information • Student Loan: review your budget and determine how much of the loan you will need. If you wish to borrow, you will have additional steps to complete. Remember a loan needs to be paid back with interest. - Accept your loans at > Student Records > Financial Aid > Accept My Loans. - If you are a first time borrower, complete the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling at - More information is available at

What types of circumstances may affect my financial aid? • Class attendance • Late start courses • Dropping a course • Enrollment status • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

What happens if I don’t meet SAP? Students who do not meet any one of these SAP measurements at the end of the semester will be placed on “Financial Aid Warning Status.” Students who do not meet any one of the SAP measurements at the end of a consecutive semester will be placed on “Financial Aid Suspension Status” and no longer eligible to receive any financial aid. Note: A student who has only letter grades of ‘F’ and/or ‘W’ at the end of any term will automatically be placed on suspension. If you are placed on Financial Aid Suspension, you have the right to an appeal; however, it does not guarantee reinstatement of financial aid. Federal regulations require NICC to comply with Return of Title IV policies. If you stop attending classes, withdraw from all classes, fail all classes or any combination of those situations, you may be required to return part or all of your financial aid (even if it was grant money). Always consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine if your financial aid will be affected now and/or in the future.

More Questions? Contact the Financial Aid Office immediately with any questions regarding your financial aid from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Calmar | 800-728-7367 ext. 347 Peosta | 800-728-2256 ext. 219


Orientation Orientation is a valuable and enjoyable new student experience. Join us for your program orientation to meet with faculty, learn about academic and technology resources, get your student ID and meet your classmates!

Register Now! Calmar: 800.728.2256, ext. 376 Peosta: 800.728.7367, ext. 294 If you cannot attend orientation on campus, complete the online orientation..

Calmar Campus Look for your program orientation date below. If your program is not listed, please attend one of the general orientation dates. May 8, 2014 • August 18, 2014 • January 8, 2015 Ag Business & Production

May 13, 2014


May 13, 2014

Animal Science

May 13, 2014

Auto Technology*

July 9, 2014

Beef Science

May 13, 2014


May 8, 2014

Commercial Residential Electrician*

May 8, 2014

Companion Animal Science

May 13, 2014


August 14, 2014

Dairy Science

May 13, 2014

Early Childhood*

August 18, 2014

Health Information Technology*

August 18, 2014

Industrial Electrician*

May 8, 2014

John Deere TECH*

July 9, 2014


May 8, 2014


August 14, 2014


May 13, 2014

* Attendance on this date is mandatory for students within this program.


Peosta Campus Look for your program orientation date below. If your program is not listed, please attend one of the general orientation dates. May 6, 2014 • August 13, 2014 • August 18, 2014 • January 6, 2015 Auto Mechanics*

May 28, 2014


May 9, 2014

Computer Numerical Control (CNC)*

May 12, 2014

Dental Assisting*

August 12, 2014

Diesel Mechanics*

May 28, 2014

Early Childhood*

August 13, 2014

Electronic Technology*

May 28, 2014

Gas Utility Construction and Service*

May 28, 2014

Health Info Technology/Coding Specialist*

August 12, 2014

Heating and Air Conditioning *

May 12, 2014

Industrial Maintenance*

May 28, 2014

Mechanical Engineering Technology*

May 12, 2014

Medical Assistant*

August 12, 2014


May 9, 2014


August 12, 2014


August 12, 2014

Radiologic Technology*

August 12, 2014

Respiratory Care*

August 12, 2014


May 12, 2014

* Attendance on this date is mandatory for students within this program.


Bookstore Stop in the Bookstore - we have more than books!

How do I purchase my books?

• At the Bookstore. Bring a copy of your course schedule and your student ID.

• Online with Credit Card. > Student Records > Buy/Sell Books Online > Select your campus

School Supplies



Microsoft Office 365 University


• Rent from the Bookstore. Save by renting new or used copies of select titles rather than buying them (not all books are available to rent). Pay the lower fee, use the book, and return it in good condition to the Bookstore at the end of the semester. Only NICC students can enter into a rental agreement, so be sure to bring your student ID. Book Costs: Financial aid that exceeds tuition charges can be used for purchases at NICC Bookstores. At the Calmar campus, you can get a Bookstore voucher from the Financial Aid Office. At the Peosta campus, Bookstore staff will calculate the financial aid available for your purchases.

How do I know which books I need for class? Book Lists: Book and supply requirements, including ISBNs and prices can be found online > Student Records > Buy/Sell Books Online > Select your campus. Use your course schedule to find the books required for your class. Class is over...what do I do with my books? • Return Them. Textbook rentals must be returned to the Bookstore by the last day of each semester. • Keep them. You never know when you might need the textbook for future reference. •

Sell them. Sell or buy your books online > Student Records > Buy/Sell Books Online > Select your campus or > College Life > NICC Marketplace. Book buy-backs are also scheduled at the end of each semester. An outside agency will give you cash on the spot for your used textbooks – keep an eye out for upcoming dates!

Can I purchase Microsoft Office? Software is available for purchase in the campus Bookstore. Students are eligible to purchase Microsoft Office 365 University which has all the normal applications.

Student Life iMPACT

iMPACT: Empowering Students...Discovering Leaders iMPACT is a unique combination of traditional student government leaders and student ambassadors. iMPACT serves as the representative body for the students, coordinates extracurricular activities, new student orientation and Welcome Wednesday campus visits.

Hiring for iMPACT takes place every spring. The executive positions are paid minimum wage and require a 10-hour weekly commitment, which make you eligible for a $500-$750 leadership scholarship each semester. Submit an application and learn more about the Executive Officer Roles at

Clubs and Professional Organizations Each campus has clubs and professional organizations for you to join! Stop by the Student Life Office to find out more. Better yet, start your own club with the help of the Student Life staff.

Fitness Facilities Peosta students can utilize the Peosta Community Centre and Calmar students the Fort Atkinson Gym. You must present your NICC student ID to use the facilities. Peosta students also have the option of using the Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center at the University of Dubuque for a nominal fee with proof of enrollment and an NICC identification card.

Student Identification A student ID verifies that you are a current student at NICC. Find your ID number listed on the back of the card. Your student ID is required for clinical experiences, make-up testing, Learning Center sign-in, checking-out library materials, purchasing textbooks, student life events and obtaining academic and/or financial aid information. Each semester you must retrieve a new sticker verifying your enrollment from the Student Life Office.

Intramurals Intramural sports are offered through the Student Life Office. No matter what campus you attend you can have fun, meet people and show off your athletic skills!

Peosta Campus vs. University of Dubuque

Peosta Campus vs. Calmar Campus

Co-Rec Dodgeball

Co-Rec Golf

Co-Rec Basketball

Co-Rec Golf

Co-Rec Handball

Co-Rec Soccer

Co-Rec Softball

Co-Rec Volleyball

Co-Rec Softball

Co-Rec Ultimate Frisbee

Co-Rec Volleyball

Co-Rec Whiffle ball

Calmar Campus

Disc Golf

Flag Football

Co-Rec Basketball

Co-Rec Dodgeball


Men’s & Women’s Basketball

Disc Golf

Flag Football



Academic Success Your Academic Support Network Learning Center Instructors provide academic assistance for math, writing, science, computers, health occupations and general education. Services are available in group and individual settings.

Tutoring Students who have mastered a course are recruited as peer tutors. These students provide support to their peers in individual or group settings. Arrangements for peer tutors must be made through the Learning Center.

Writing Center A personal writing coach will assist with writing projects from idea generation to final editing.

Instructors Instructors provide their contact information in the syllabus, so you have access to them outside the classroom.

Smarthinking Online tutoring and academic assistance for nearly all subject areas available 24/7.

Disability Services Provides support to students with documented disabilities, including accommodations such as extra testing time, note-takers and adaptive technology. Contact the Coordinator of Disability Services for more information.

Study Time

General rule of th umb: each cred it hour requires 2 to 3 hours of st udy time each w eek. Full time students should plan on 30-45 h ours of study outside the class room weekly!


Career Services If you are undecided about your program of study or considering a program change, Career Services can help! • Take the FOCUS Career Assessment: - it only takes 45 minutes! - Access Code is: MyCareer - You will learn about how your interests, skills and personality fit with careers. • Make an appointment with Career Services to go over your FOCUS results or discuss careers. Utilize our Job Search services. • Look for campus networking and professional events. • Use your Career Connect account to view job openings in your program of study. • Have your resume reviewed • Get assistance setting up job shadows or internships

Counseling Being a college student can be exciting, challenging and even stressful at times. Many different resources, including counseling, are available to support students.

Who do I talk to about personal issues? NICC offers free counseling services to all students. Counselors can help you determine the seriousness of your problem, assist with coping strategies and, when needed, help you locate community mental health resources. Always seek counseling or other personal support at the first indication of a problem. Sometimes students drop out of college or withdraw from courses due to personal problems that could have been resolved with a little assistance. Remember, we are all here to help you succeed on your academic journey. Contact information for the Counseling staff can be found on page 19.

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It is easy to get overwhelmed as you begin your college career. It’s important to set attainable goals, set a schedule and involve the people closest to you in your college experience. Remember that you will need to study 2-3 hours for each hour you are in class, so a 40-hour work week may not work if you are also going to school full-time.


Housing, Food and Transportation Do you have housing? On-campus housing is not offered, but private housing is available in the surrounding communities. A housing guide is available online, or in the Admissions Office.

What’s available for food on campus? Dining services are provided on both campuses for the convenience of students, faculty, staff and visitors. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are offered and meal purchases can be made via cash, check or credit card. Gift certificates are available too. * Tentatively planned to start fall 2014 – Meal plans paid with financial aid funds, gift cards and more payment options

Calmar Cougar Café Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Peosta Cougar Café Mon.-Th. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Fri. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Summer: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

How does parking work? The Peosta Campus provides parking in all lots without a fee or permit. The Calmar Campus requires students to register their vehicle for free in the Bookstore and display a parking permit. A designated student lot and on-road parking provide plenty of spaces for you to park.

Do you offer Ride Share? NICC has Market Place on Xpress. Use this forum to post if you are looking for or are willing to provide a ride to or from campus. > College Life > NICC Marketplace


Hmm...Still wondering? Is there wireless access and are mobile devices allowed? The campus is wireless, and you are more than welcome to use any mobile device while on campus. Access to the wireless network requires a valid email address. We have computer labs spread around campus for your use. Feel free to utilize these labs often – they are there for you! We also have free printing for students, but make sure you’re being conscious of how much paper you’re printing…save a tree when you can!

Is there extra software I need for my online class? Online coursework requires you to have Internet and word processing software (preferably Microsoft Word). Visit this link for specific information on computers and software that will better help you succeed.

How do I get a job on campus? NICC offers job opportunities through the Federal Work-Study Program and the NICC Student Employment Program. Positions provide part-time jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. Opportunities are available on and off campus, pay minimum wage and allow up to 20 hours per week. Visit with the Financial Aid Office to see if you are eligible. View current positions on Xpress - > Student Records > Financial Aid > Workstudy Information

How do I get a transcript? Unofficial transcripts can be found on > Student Records > Academic Record > Unofficial Transcript. Request an official transcript at

How do I get my grades? Final grades are posted at the end of each semester on Grades are only available electronically.

>Student Records>Academic Record>My Final Course Grades.

Who has access to my academic record? No one unless you give written consent. As a college student, your academic records are protected by a federal law called the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This law prohibits the College from disclosing non-directory information to someone other than you. If you would like to grant the College authority to share your academic or financial records with another individual, such as a parent or guardian, you must complete a Request to Release Information form in the Registrar’s Office. Students may refuse disclosure of directory information by filling out the appropriate form in the Registrar’s Office within ten calendar days of the beginning of the semester in which you are enrolled. The entire FERPA policy can be reviewed at

How am I informed of weather delays and cancellations? Sign up for Text Alerts > MyNICC > MyCruiserAlert. If inclement weather would make driving hazardous, students are asked to access Xpress announcements, call campus for a recorded message or tune into local radio or television stations.


Can I improve my placement scores? Consider retesting to improve your score! It will save you time and money if you test into a higher course level. Make sure before you retest to take advantage of the opportunities in the Learning Center: study packets, review websites and test tutoring. Keep in mind, you will have to wait at least two weeks from the date of the original test before re-testing. To determine if re-testing is beneficial, contact your advisor. To schedule a re-test, contact the Testing Center.

I completed a course at another college or university, what do I need to do? To receive transfer credit, request an official copy of your transcript from the college you previously attended be sent to the NICC Admissions Office. The Registrar will evaluate the transcript and determine which credits will satisfy NICC degree requirements.

I want to transfer. Who can help me? Your advisor is equipped with the resources to help you with your transfer process. Explore transfer equivalencies and other helpful transfer information at and Be sure to meet with admissions reps when they set up booths on campus.

Do you offer student health insurance? Students are encouraged to enroll in a student health insurance program to assure protection in the event of illness or injury if they are not covered under a current plan. Health insurance resources from a variety of companies providing no or low-cost individual or family coverage are available in the Student Services Office.

Are there any programs that require a background check or current physical? Some programs may require any or all of the following: background check, physical and immunizations, special training or drug testing. If you have questions on whether your program has additional requirements contact the Director of Program Compliance.

What is TRiO-SSS and how do I know if I qualify? TRiO-Student Support Services is a federally funded grant program that provides ongoing support for students at NICC who are looking to transfer to a four-year college or university. In order to qualify, you must be a first-generation college student, and/or low-income, and/or have a disability and complete an application and interview. This program is only offered at the Peosta campus and is located in the Main Building, Room 142.

How do I get started with a research project? Visit the library! The library staff is available to help you identify, locate and use the resources of information located both inside and outside the library. Because many of our library resources are electronic, you can access them 24/7 wherever you have a connection to the Internet. If you are off campus and would like to access our databases for research materials, you can access them at It is important to have your 14-digit student ID number to access these databases.

How do I access NICC resources and classes close to home? Visit one of our convenient center locations to take advantage of computer access, admission testing, credit and non-credit courses, intake advising, course registration and much more!


Important College Contacts Calmar Campus

Peosta Campus

Penny Fisher, ext. 234 •

Val Kennedy, ext. 259 •

563.562.3263 • 800.728.2256 Admissions Adult Literacy

563.556.5110 • 800.728.7367

Sharon Speckhard, 888.624.2338, ext. 108 •


ext. 376

ext. 217 or ext. 294


Teresa Zweibahmer, ext. 238 •

Steve Geraghty, ext. 325 •

Business and Community Solutions

Mary Hageman, ext. 340 •

Marie Blum, 888.642.2238, ext. 380 •

Business Office

Heidi Herold, ext. 229 •

Steve Geraghty, ext. 325 •

Career Services

Kelli Smutzler, ext. 214 •

Chris Entringer, ext. 297 •


Kelly McMahon, 800.728.7367 ext. 477 •

Computer Help Desk

ext. 555 •


Randi Burns, ext. 378 •

Kathy Davis, ext. 215 •

Disability Services

Anna Stamat, ext. 258 •

Connie Swift, ext. 280 •

Distance Learning

Mari Eitel, 800.728.2256, ext. 374 •

Financial Aid

Randy Mashek, ext. 447 • Sherry Massman, ext. 304 •

Kim Baumler, ext. 212 • Jane Boge, ext. 315 •

Learning Center

ext. 394

Frank Lammer, ext. 331 •


Karen Davidson, ext. 257 or 395 •

Deb Seiffert, ext. 269 or 224 •


Rhonda Seibert, ext. 201 •

Cindy O’Bryon, ext. 201 •


Karla Winter, 800.728.2256 ext. 232 •

Student Life, Diversity & Leadership

Troy Vande Lune, ext. 237 •

Kara Popp, ext. 230 •

Testing Center

Carol Cameron, ext. 311 •

Gwen Beeh, ext. 226 •

TRiO Student Support Services

Elaine Capek, ext. 408 •


Calmar Campus For building maps with room locations visit

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4 Hwy. 150


5 *Building and room codes are located in the location column of your student schedule.




Campus Building Locations

1. Child Development Center (CMCC) 3. Student Center (CMSC)

4. Max Clark Hall (CMMC)


5. Wilder Business Center (CMW) 6. Industrial Technologies Building (CMIT) 7. Ag Technologies Building (CMAG) 8. Grazing Center 9. Iowa’s Dairy Center (CMD)

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Not within walking distance from campus.

2. Darwin L. Schrage Administration Building

Peosta Campus For building maps with room locations visit

Main Street

Burds Road



North Lot



Northwest Lot


NICC Drive




Southwest Lot


Peosta Street


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South Lot

P 1 2-3 4 5 6

Parking Main Entrance South Entrance Conference Center Entrance North Entrance Library Entrance



Highway 20


Campus Building Codes *Building and room codes are located in the location column of your student schedule.

A. Main Building (PEOS) B. Industrial Technology (PEIT)



C. NECAS (PENE) D. Gas Line Utility/Carpentry (PEGC) E. Child Development Center F. Outdoor Learning Lab G. Gas Utility Field


Don’t Forget! _Register for orientation. _Login to Xpress regularly.  Complete the Xpress Courseroom Tutorial.  Review your Financial Aid Award Letter.  Pay your tuition and buy books.  Check with the Advising and Financial Aid Offices prior to any schedule changes.

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Calmar Campus 1625 Hwy. 150 P.O. Box 400 Calmar, IA 52132-0400 563.562.3263 800.728.2256 Peosta Campus 8342 NICC Drive Peosta, IA 52068-9703 563.556.5110 800.728.7367

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