Southeastern Community College (SCC) is a publicly sponsored, comprehensive, multi-campus educational institution. The college is one of fifteen area community colleges comprising the Iowa System of Community Colleges. The history of the college dates back to 1965 when the General Assembly of Iowa voted for the establishment of area community colleges and designated the southeastern part of Iowa as Merged Area XVI (spread over a three and a half county area). There were two public post high schools within this area: Burlington Junior College and Keokuk Community College. These community colleges became the north and the south campuses of Southeastern Community College.
In addition to the campuses at West Burlington and Keokuk, Southeastern Community College has extension centers at Mount Pleasant and Fort Madison and a Center for Business (CBIZ) in West Burlington. The college has a total enrollment of approximately 3,450 students.
Southeastern Community College is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Southeastern Community College offers academic/transfer programs, technical, and life enrichment training programs for the students.
Southeastern 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 Associate of Science degree students can opt for numerous areas of specialization such as Business Administration, Construction Technology, Criminal Justice, Graphic Communications – Graphic Design, and Graphic Communications – Journalism.
Career and Technical Education
Southeastern Community College also offers the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree 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, Agriculture Management, Agriculture, Animation for Television, Film, and New Media, Biomedical Electronics Technician, Electronics Technology, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Science, and Nursing – Associate Degree Nursing (ADN).
Southeastern 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 various certificate programs and diplomas are offered include Automotive Technology, Biomedical Electronics Technician, Chemical Dependency Counselor, Drafting Technology, Medical Assistant, Medical Coding and Billing, Office Administration, and Welding.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Southeastern Community College admits any student who can benefit from a program of study. Students are required to fill the admission application form and appear for the ASSET/COMPASS placement test for evaluation of reading, comprehension, essay writing, and mathematics skills. Students who can produce their ACT scores are exempt from taking the placement test. Students are required to submit their official high school transcripts/college records. These requirements are evaluated by the Admissions office to determine admissions to specific programs. Subsequently, students are required to complete a new student orientation form.
International applicants seeking admission in Southeastern 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.
Southeastern 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. Southeastern 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 Vocational-Technical Grant, and Iowa Grant. Students can avail various loans such as Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford loans and Federal Direct Parent PLUS loans. Numerous scholarship programs such as AAUW/Keokuk Branch Scholarship, Children of SCC Employees Scholarship, Dorthea & Homer C. A. Powell Memorial Endowment Scholarship, Irvin M. Stein Foundation Scholarship, Marilyn Lawson Memorial Scholarship, and Stan Rowe Endowment Scholarship are available for the students. They 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 Southeastern Community College, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. Southeastern Community College recommends a priority deadline of June 30 to apply for the financial aid.
The student life at Southeastern Community College offers various opportunities to ensure that learning occurs both within and outside the classrooms. Southeastern Community College Success Centers offers programs for supporting students in their academic endeavors. There are a number of courses for teaching fundamental skills in English, science, math, and study skills. Peer tutors are arranged for students who need additional support beyond classrooms. TRIO programs are available for first generation college students and low income families.
The Fred Karre Memorial Library at the Keokuk campus and the Yohe Memorial Library at the West Burlington campus have a huge collection of print and non-print items including academic databases, e-Books, and selected internet resources.
The Career Services center helps students make the right career decisions and provides assistance with job searching. The college has about 25 student clubs and organizations that provide numerous opportunities for students to get involved in campus life. Some of the popular student clubs on the campus are Art club, Computer club, Art club, Cheerleading club, Music/Drama club, and Students for Peace.
Housing and Dining
Southeastern Community College offers on-campus housing at West Burlington and Keokuk campuses. The Burlington campus offers housing facilities at the Millennium Hall and Witte and Winegard Halls. The Millennium Hall features co-ed, 4- and 2-person suites and single rooms. The Witte and Winegard Halls are traditional single storey residences with 14 rooms in each dorm. The Keokuk campus offers 1 bedroom, apartment-style housing.
The West Burlington campus offers dining facilities at the Blackhawk Bistro which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Keokuk campus offers dining facilities at the cafeteria in the Barr-Wittenmeyer Hall.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Southeastern Community College is the member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) and competes within Region XI. The athletics teams are known as the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks compete in men’s basketball and baseball and women’s softball, basketball, and volleyball.
Southeastern Community College. About SCC. Web. 25 December 2011.
Southeastern Community College. Programs of Study. Web. 25 December 2011.
Southeastern Community College. Handbook 2011-2012. 2011. Print.
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