The Eastern Iowa Community College District (EICCD) comprises Clinton, Muscatine, Scott, Jackson, and parts of Cedar and Louisa Counties. The school was set up in 1965 by the Iowa General Assembly and was one of 15 merged community college areas. The merger combined the Clinton Junior College, Muscatine Junior College, and the vocational-technical programs of the Davenport schools. The EICCD acquired the Palmer Junior College in 1979 and set up the Scott Community College as a comprehensive institution.
The main campus of Clinton Community College is located on Lincoln Boulevard in Clinton. Scott Community College is located in Bettendorf, and Muscatine Community College is located on Colorado Street in Muscatine. The administrative office of the EICCD is located in Davenport. The district has a total enrollment of more than 9,000 students.
The EICCD is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The district offers academic/transfer programs, career and technical, and distance learning programs.
The EICCD offers the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), and Associate in Science in Pre-Engineering (A.S.) degree programs for students who eventually want to transfer to a four-year university or college to pursue baccalaureate degrees. The college offers the Associate in Arts degree programs in areas such as agriculture, aviation, criminal justice, fine arts-art, liberal arts, management and supervision, banking, and political science. Associate in Science degree students can opt for numerous areas of specialization such as conservation, pre-health professional, physics, pre-engineering, mathematics, and biology.
Career and Technical Education
The EICCD offers the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree for students who want to take up a profession directly after completing their course work. Students opting for the A.A.S degree can major in areas such as welding, veterinary technician, electromechanical studies, technical drafting & CAD, surgical technology and sterile processing, and distribution technician.
The district also offers various career-oriented diplomas and certificates for students who want to prepare for specific occupations and those who want to upgrade their skills. The areas in which various certificate programs and diplomas are offered include nursing, mechatronics technology, mechanical design technology, logistics, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, health information technology, and graphic arts technology.
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The district follows an open-door admissions policy, and anyone who is 16 years or older, or who is a high school graduate or has a GED, can seek admissions to the college. Prospective students are required to complete the application form and submit official high school transcripts/college records and ACT/COMPASS scores.
International applicants are required to submit their official academic credentials and evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL scores. International students need to provide a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance their educational expenses for a year.
The EICCD provides financial aid to students to help them meet their academic expenses. The Office of Financial Aid provides information on aid eligibility, types of aides, and policies for federal, state, and institutional programs. The college offers financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment.
Scholarships, Grants, and Loans
The need-based awards offered to eligible students are: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Iowa Vocational/Technical Tuition Grant, Iowa Grant, and the Eastern Iowa Community College District Grant. Students can avail themselves of various loan programs, such as Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and Federal Direct Parent PLUS loans. Students can also apply for numerous scholarship programs such as the Science, Technology, and Engineering Program (STEP) scholarships, Barry Goldwater Scholarship, Buena Vista Scholarships, B. Davis Scholarship, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship, and Iowa Scholarships.
To apply for financial aid from the EICCD, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education.
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Student life at the district’s colleges is rich and vibrant. There are a number of programs designed for the students to help them make the most of their educational experience. The Student Success Center provides assistance in completing their assignments and improving their study skills. Tutoring facilities are also available for students who need additional support beyond classrooms. Peer ambassadors help students interact with new people and gain leadership experience. The Student Senate represents the voice of the students in college governance. There are a variety of student clubs and organizations that provide numerous opportunities for students to get involved and learn new skills. Students also have the option of starting their own clubs. Each college has a library that houses reference and general interest books, newspapers, magazines, videos, DVDs, and computers. The college bookstores house new and used text books, school supplies, gift items, greeting cards, and other merchandise. The Learning Tree Preschool offers childcare facilities at the Muscatine Community College.
The Muscatine Community College offers spacious, four-bedroom apartments on campus with private rooms for each resident. Scott Community College also offers student housing facilities within a mile from the college campus. The Villas apartments offer one-, two-, and four-bedroom units.
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Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCCA) and the Iowa Junior College Athletic Association. The varsity sports include basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s soccer, and women’s soccer.
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