North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is a progressive, comprehensive community college serving the residents of Floyd, Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Franklin, Mitchell, and Winnebago and Worth counties and parts of Chickasaw, Butler, Wright and Kossuth counties. The college was established in 1918 as Mason City Junior College and was the first two year public college in Iowa. The first classes of Mason City Junior College were held from the top floor of the high school building with a total of 28 students. In 1966, the General Assembly of Iowa passed a legislation for creating two-year post secondary educational institutions known as Merged Area Schools. Subsequently, Mason City Junior College was rechristened as North Iowa Area Community College (Merged Area II). In 1970, the college was shifted to a 300-acre site on the east of Mason City.
Presently, the campus of North Iowa Area Community College is spread over an area of 500 acres and comprises facilities such as the Student Activity Center, Muse-Norris Conference Center, Recreation Center, and Murphy Manufacturing Technology Center, and lake side student apartments. The college has an enrollment of approximately 3,700 students and it offers nearly 40 academic programs.
North Iowa Area Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.