Part of the 15-member Iowa community college system, Indian Hills CC covers 10 counties in the southeastern part of the state and was established in 1966. While these 10 counties supply the majority of students at Indian Hills Community College, there are a number of coeds from around the state and country at IHCC. The primary locations of IHCC are in Centerville and Ottumwa.
Accreditation for Indian Hills Community College is provided by the North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission to award associate degrees. The college also receives accreditation from the Iowa Dept. of Education. In addition to these overall accreditations, IHCC receives separate accreditation for the programs in Health Information Technology, Physical Therapy Assistant Coursework, Culinary Arts, Radiologic Tech, Automotive Tech and Aviation Maintenance Technology.
Indian Hills Community College students can receive three different types of degrees: the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Science and the Associate of Applied Science. The extensive roster of majors in the Arts & Sciences Department includes Accounting, Art and Design, Business, Chemistry, English, History, Journalism, Psychology and many others. The other major department is Health Occupations. Students can pursue degrees in Child Care Tech, Clinical Lab Assistant, Health Information Technology, Nursing, Massage and more. The Advanced Technologies Department will get students the most practical tools for their desired careers. Students can train to become an Admin Assistant, Automotive Technician, Computer Accountant, Aviation Technician, Ethanol Plant Technician, Viticulturist, Welder and Computer Programmer, among many other tech careers.
In addition to these degree and certificate programs, students of any ages and backgrounds can take classes in skill-building and continuing ed. IHCC is offering online classes to students who cannot make it to campus on a regular basis, as well as the opportunity for high school students to take courses before graduation for college credit.
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IHCC has a policy of open admissions, meaning any student who follows the directions for admissions will be accepted. For certain programs, there is no guarantee made by the college as to the possibility of acceptance. However, you can get started by filling out the online application or stopping by the Admissions Office in building 12 at 623 Indian Hills Drive. Students who wish to begin higher education curriculum at any institution must have completed high school coursework. Proof of completion can be in the form of a high school diploma, a registered copy of the diploma, a GED equivalence certificate, a home schooling certificate with appropriate coursework or a college transcript noting the date of your high school graduation.
International students are also encouraged to apply at IHCC. There is a checklist provided on the school website to make the process as simple as possible.
While the tuition rates at IHCC are among the lowest in the entire state of Iowa, the financial aid program is as extensive as that of any other school. Students should register to fill out the FAFSA online and get the process started quickly. Federal and state grants may be awarded to students who demonstrate the need for assistance. Supplemental grants are also available. These grants do not require repayment. Beyond grants, scholarships are being awarded to students pursuing a degree. Check with the financial aid office and the state dept. of education website for more information. Student loans (and PLUS loans for students’ parents) can help students who do not qualify for direct assistance.
There is no shortage of activities available to students at IHCC, whether you want to support athletic teams, join the different cheer squads, play intramural sports or practice the arts. For the more artistically inclined, there are writer’s groups, a theater group and a number of different bands for musicians. Painters and photographers can take advantage of the IHCC Art Gallery, open to the public and students alike. Submissions to the literary magazine on-campus may lead to publication in the annual issues.
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The Athletics Program at IHCC is impressive for a state community college, with numerous options in both men’s and women’s sports. IHCC students compete in the NJCAA. Centerville’s Campus is home to the men’s baseball team, while the Ottumwa Campus is where the rest of the teams practice and play. Beyond baseball, men’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf and soccer. Women’s sports include cross country, soccer, softball and volleyball.
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