About Iowa Central

Mission Statement

Iowa Central Community College provides quality educational opportunities in and outside the classroom.

Vision Statement

For all we serve, Iowa Central Community College strives to be the premier learning community, and college of choice, preparing the best citizens and workers for our region and beyond.

We will aspire to:

Contribute effectively to the economic, social, and cultural opportunities of our region.

Work proactively with businesses, civic organizations, high schools and other academic institutions to improve collaboration, develop educational and career opportunities, expand Iowa Central’s visibility, and target public and private investment into Iowa Central.

Monitor progress against our priorities, commitments, and aims, using relevant performance indicators, benchmarks, and targets.  Through this assessment, we will maintain focus on our planning process to ensure we continue to meet academic and institutional needs.

Plan and budget annually to provide the framework for making the strategic plan operational.

Philosophy

It is the philosophy of Iowa Central Community College, as a comprehensive community college, to aid in developing our citizens 'capabilities to the maximum. Iowa Central provides a flexible program to satisfy the needs of the individual and the needs of the community. An educational environment is planned to provide experiences for those who desire pre-professional courses, improvement of educational or technical skills, or developmental programs for self-enrichment. This environment can be on campus or on-site. In concert with this mission, Iowa Central offers.

  • college transfer courses
  • career and technical training
  • general education
  • recreation and personal enrichment programs
  • economic development, community service activities for people with diverse interests, needs, backgrounds and skills
  • adult basic education

History

Iowa Central Community College was organized in 1966 with a broad mandate to offer a vast array of educational opportunities to the residents of its nine-county area. Iowa Central was built on the firm foundation of three area junior colleges which had been operating since the 1920s by the local public school systems.

They were Fort Dodge, organized in 1921; Webster City, 1926; and Eagle Grove, 1928. Iowa Central came into being as a result of the Area School Act passed by Iowa's 61st General Assembly. The legislation authorized two or more county school systems to merge to form an area community college. Nine counties combined to create Iowa Central: Buena Vista, Calhoun, Greene, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster and Wright. The resulting Merged Area V has some 28,000 students in 31 public school districts. In 1971, a fourth center was added with the completion of a new building in Storm Lake. The Storm Lake Center originally was established to serve 12 public and private school systems in Buena Vista County as a secondary career education center. In the ensuing years, the Storm Lake Center has been expanded so that now it offers the full range of community college programs.

In 1975, Iowa Central joined with Buena Vista College in Storm Lake in a cooperative venture whereby students can earn a bachelor's degree attending evening classes. The students' first two years are completed at Iowa Central and the final two years at Buena Vista at the Fort Dodge Center.

Accreditation

  • August 1967 College granted Federal Fund Eligibility
  • August 1969 College granted Correspondent Status
  • March 1971 College granted Recognized Candidate for Accreditation Status
  • July 1973 College became Candidate for Accreditation under the new policy
  • March 1974 College granted Accredited Status
  • July 1979 Accreditation reaffirmed
  • June 1984 Accreditation reaffirmed
  • June 2001 Accreditation reaffirmed
  • November 2010 Accreditation reaffirmed

Accredited by:
Higher Learning Commision
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
801.621.7740

Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of Iowa Central Community College not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age (employment), sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential parental, family or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 – 1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794),  Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (34 CFR Part 110), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).  

If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact Kim Whitmore, Director of Human Resources, phone number 515-574-1138, whitmore@iowacentral.edu; or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576.

Strategic Plan (2015-2020)

Quality Faculty Plan