ICN (Iowa Communications Network)

The interactive televised classroom was designed to help meet the needs of the students by allowing students to attend a class in their own community without compromising the education received from the structure of a live classroom.  Iowa Central offers televised classes at all three centers:  Fort Dodge, Storm Lake, and Webster City.  Students can participate and interact with the instructor, and all students, regardless of their location.  

The ICN (Iowa Communications Network) offers two different styles of video/TV classrooms: traditional MPEG and the IP H.323 classrooms.  The ICN connects approximately 900 sites or ICN/IP classrooms throughout Iowa through the fiber optic network. The network transmits video, voice, and data signals to specially equipped classrooms. Iowa Central is able to offer its own courses, as well as those of other Iowa colleges and universities, over the ICN and the internet.  The ICN has been around for many years but it’s always working to upgrade the infrastructure that allows the latest use of technology.

As a student, you’ll be able to see, hear, and talk to the instructor and students at other sites but you won’t have to travel a long distance to partake in college courses.  If you are the type of student who:

  • prefers having an instructor present during class
  • prefers a scheduled class
  • asks questions during class
  • enjoys a non-traditional style classroom - yet with the conveniences and characteristics of a traditional setting
  • enjoys a challenge
  • is limited in travel time to school due to family or job
  • doesn’t want to travel because of the high cost of gasoline

… then you’ll enjoy the convenience of the televised classes that Iowa Central Community College offers.

Video Classes available in five locations

Iowa Central Community College offers video classes over an IP based system using the ICN fiber.  Video classes are live classes where an instructor is teaching from one of Iowa Central’s three campuses but the class is sent to other Iowa Central locations.  This allows students opportunities to take college level courses in their own community, and in some cases, earn a degree without having to travel.

Iowa Central has three ICN-IP video classrooms at the Storm Lake and Webster City campuses and four IP video classrooms at the Fort Dodge campus.  These classrooms are equipped with the latest technology:  three large flat screens, live microphones, smart screens for instructors, DVD, Elmo (an overhead projector), and a laptop cart.  Students can view content as well as students and the instructor at other participating classrooms at the same time.  The IP polycom rooms are referred to as the Triton Network classrooms on the Iowa Central campuses.

Two new satellite locations are being added for the 2015 fall term through the use of a polycom/IP system utilizing the ICN fiber.  The new classrooms will be in Clarion at the High School and in Eagle Grove at the North Central Career Academy

To find out where an ICN classroom is located or for specific information about a classroom:

High Schools that would like to receive a course that is already scheduled or if a high school is looking for a course that is not on the schedule, please contact Carrie Rock at 800-362-2793 x1096 or 515-574-1096 or Kathy Goebel at 515-574-1103.

Come and be a part of the new live IP classroom and experience the latest in technology in the comfort of your community.  To see the video class schedules, click on the link in the upper right hand corner.