Western Iowa Tech Community (WITCC) College is a public supported, comprehensive, two year educational institution serving the residents of Crawford, Plymouth, Cherokee, Monona, Ida, and Woodbury counties. The history of the college dates back to the year 1966 when the college was set up as an area vocational-technical school. The first classes of the college were held in 1967 and by the fall term in the same year, the college started offering 17 full-time programs. In 1970, a permanent campus of the college was set up on an area of 143 acres at Stone Avenue, Sioux City. Over the years, more buildings were constructed to meet the growing enrollment and operational needs of the college.
The main campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College is located on an area of 200 acres in Sioux City with additional campuses at Mapleton, Le Mars and at Outer Belt Drive in Sioux City. The college offers more than 70 programs in liberal arts and technical areas.
Western Iowa Tech Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Western Iowa Tech Community College offers academic/transfer programs, technical, and life enrichment training programs for the students.
Western Iowa Tech Community College offers the Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) degree programs for students who eventually want to transfer to a four year university or college for pursuing the baccalaureate degrees. The college offers the Associate of Arts degree programs in areas such as Agriculture, Addictions Counseling, History, Music, Physical Education, Psychology, and Sociology. The Associate in Science degree students can opt for numerous areas of specialization such as Arts Management, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Interpretation and Translation, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, and Sociology.
Career and Technical Education
Western Iowa Tech Community College also offers the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program for students who want to take up a profession directly after completing their course. Students opting for the A.A.S degree can major in areas such as Accounting Specialist, Agribusiness Technology, Audio Engineering Technology, Photography, Medical Laboratory Technician, Health Office Coordinator, and Police Science – Forensic Investigations.
Western Iowa Tech Community College 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 certificate programs and diplomas are offered include Air Conditioning, Biomedical Electronics, Emergency Planning, Fire Science, Home Care Aide, Legal Office Aide, Nursing Assistant, Small Engine Mechanic, and Video Game 3-D Animation.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Western Iowa Tech Community College has an open-door admissions policy and admits any student who can benefit from a program of study. Students are required to fill the admission application form and appear for the Computerized Placement Test (CPT) for evaluation of reading, comprehension, essay writing, and mathematics skills. Students who can produce their ACT scores or have prior college experience are exempt from taking the placement test. Students are required to submit their official high school transcripts/college records. Once these requirements have been evaluated by the Admissions office, the admissions advisor meets the student to discuss the results and accordingly provide advice regarding the registration for classes.
International applicants seeking admission in Western Iowa Tech Community College are required to submit the admission form, official academic credentials, certified secondary school transcripts, and evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL scores. They need to provide a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance the education expenses for a year.
Western Iowa Tech Community College provides financial aid to students to help them meet their academic expenses. The financial aid office provides information on aid eligibility, types of aides, and policies for federal, state, and institutional programs. Western Iowa Tech Community 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 National Guard Education Assistance Program, Iowa Vocational-Technical Grant, and Iowa Grant. Students can avail various loans such as Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. Students can apply for numerous scholarship programs such as Valedictorian Scholarships, President’s Scholarship, Western Iowa Tech Board Scholarship, Upward Bound/Talent Search Scholarships, GED/ESL Scholarship, and STEM Scholarship. Students can also apply for work-study programs wherein they can seek in-campus and off-campus work-study positions.
To apply for financial aid from Western Iowa Tech Community College, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education.
Student Financial Aid Details
Western Iowa Tech Community College offers numerous opportunities for the overall development of the students. The college hosts various events throughout the year to keep the students involved in the campus life. Some of these events include trips to Wisconsin and Europe, ski/shopping trips, WITSTOCK (an annual battle of the bands on campus), and visits by numerous guest entertainers. Advisors are allocated to all students and they provide valuable guidance related to selecting specific courses, exploring educational and career opportunities, and identifying strengths and interests. There are numerous student organizations on campus. These include the Accounting Club, Anime Club, Chess Club, Dental Assisting Club, Education Club, French Club, Motorcycle and Powersports, and Xtreme Sports. Other student support services include peer mentoring, tutoring, transfer assistance, career counseling, and library.
Housing and Dining Facilities
Housing facilities are available for students at Sun Ridge Court and Bur Oak Suites. The Sun Ridge Court offers apartment-style living with one-to-two bedroom units. The Bur Oak Suites offer four-bedroom suites for the students.
Dining facilities are available at the Overlook Café and the food options include waffles, salads, grill options, and meal selections.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Additional School Information
Western Iowa Tech Community College is one of the seven colleges comprising the Iowa Community College Consortium (ICCOC) who have partnered to offer Associates degrees completely online through the cCollege.com system. There are 13 degree programs that can be earned online. These include the Associate of Arts (AA) degrees in Business Administration, Computer Science, Education, English, General Studies, History, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Students can also opt for the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in Agribusiness, Child Care, and Human Resources.
- Western Iowa Tech Community College. About WITCC. Web. 27 December 2011.
- Western Iowa Tech Community College. Programs at WITCC. Web. 27 December 2011.
- Western Iowa Tech Community College. Catalog 2011-2012. 2011. Print.