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Northeast Iowa Community College


Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is a two-year public school that serves the counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Howard, Dubuque, Chickasaw, Fayette, Winneshiek, and Delaware in Iowa. The school has three locations: Calmar, Peosta, and a satellite site in downtown Dubuque. NICC was established in 1966 as Area One Vocational-Technical School, but after a series of mergers became Northeast Iowa Technical Institute in 1979 and finally Northeast Iowa Community College in 1988. In fall of 2011, 5051 students were enrolled in a program at NICC.

Educational Programs

Northeast Iowa Community College is accredited by the Iowa Board of Education. The school awards the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degrees in a variety of programs. Students can also earn their GEDs or obtain career and technical training at the school. Here is a selection of the programs of study available at NICC:

Associate in Arts

  • Business Administration
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood
  • Education
  • Human Services
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal Assistant
  • Management Information Systems
  • Psychology

Associates in Science

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Companion Animal Science
  • Dairy Science
  • Industrial Tech Teacher Education
  • Veterinary Medicine

Associate in Applied Science

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Beef Science Technology
  • Chemical Technician
  • Enology Specialist
  • Firefighting Specialist
  • Health Information Technology
  • Marketing Management
  • Nursing
  • Paramedic

In today’s interconnected world, it is no longer necessary to show up to class. You can earn a degree right in the comfort of your home. NICC has a distance learning program that uses the Internet and videoconferencing to give students more flexibility in their class schedules. Students can take course online, using ICN, or a combination of both. Students must have reliable access to the Internet, an email account, and a word-processing program. Hybrid courses require students to meet on campus at least once per week, so you’ll need transportation as well.

The school also has continuing education, ESL, GED, and alternative high school programs. Students can also earn college credit while in high school through the NICC Excel program.

NICC has articulation agreements with several four-year institutions that will accept credits earned at the community college. Those schools include Clarke University, Iowa State University, Lakeland College, Loras College, and many others.


Northeast Iowa Community College is an open-enrollment facility. Anyone who can benefit from attending the school will be accepted. That only applies to general admission, however. Individual programs may have more strident admission requirements. It is best to check with the school directly for information on specific programs.

Students are required to submit ACT scores or complete the ACCUPLACER assessment test. The school will look at your English, reading, and math scores and place you in courses that closely match your skill level.

International students must also submit proof of finances and health insurance. Transfer students need to send in transcripts from all schools attended.


Students must pay tuition and fees in full two weeks prior to the start of classes. NICC charges $145 per credit for residents and non-residents. There is an additional course fee of $13 per credit. Individual programs may charge additional fees for materials and lab access.

To pay for college, you can apply for scholarships and grants. Submitting the FAFSA for federal student aid is also a good option. Getting a personal loan from your bank or credit union or participating in the work-study program are other ways you can pay for college.

Campus Life

There is no on-campus housing available at NICC, but there are several privately-owned facilities within walking distance of the school. The school does provide childcare services for kids between the ages of 6 weeks and 10 years old.

There are lots of activities on campus that provides plenty of opportunities for students to connect with one another. These activities include formal and informal sports programs like bowling, softball, golf, and flag football. You can also join a campus organization like the Business Professionals of America, Destination Club, Iowa Association for Education of Young People, and Phi Theta Kappa.


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