Located on the outskirts of Waterloo, Iowa with several satellite campuses nearby, Hawkeye Community College (HCC) offers higher education opportunities in technical- and healthcare-related fields to the local community. The school traces its roots back to 1966 when the Hawkeye Institute of Technology was founded on the present-day campus location, replacing the Waterloo Area Vocational School that preceded it.
Over time, the Hawkeye Institute expanded significantly and added other study options outside the strictly technical field, introducing liberal arts programs and science programs by 1992. The following year, the school received its current name of Hawkeye Community College.
HCC students pursue associate degrees or certificate programs.
As mentioned, the school’s academic programs range from short certificate programs to longer associate degree programs. The school has developed a fairly strong reputation for its programs in the fields of healthcare, resource management, and certain technical fields. Other programs are available in the fields of agriculture, business and marketing, and the arts (including the liberal arts).
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Admissions policies are relatively open, and the college is minimally selective in keeping with its characterization as a community college. Candidates must meet basic criteria, which include a minimum of school diploma or GED with an approved curriculum. Certain healthcare, engineering, and IT-related programs have more demanding requirements and are therefore more selective. Admission to the school itself does not necessarily mean admission to one of these or any other programs.
Applications can be completed online. After applying, students are encouraged to set up a meeting/interview with an admissions adviser and carry out a campus visit.
Student life is quite active and consists of many clubs and organizations as well as intramural sports teams. Among the many organizations operating both on and off campus include the Criminal Justice Club, the Hawkeye Gamers Club, the Education Club, the Multicultural Student Organization and the Phi Theta Kappa academic honors society.
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There are no official collegiate sports at Hawkeye Community College, but intramural teams include flag football, golf, billiards, wrestling, basketball, bowling, softball, and volleyball.
Academic accreditation is granted by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The school is fully recognized by the Iowa Department of Education and specific programs have independent accreditation by state or national trade bodies.
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