Online Learning at Iowa Central
Technology Requirements

Technology Requirements

All students enrolled in an online class will need access to a laptop or desktop computer to complete their coursework.

Below are the minimum hardware and software requirements for enrollment in an online class. If you have questions about these requirements, please contact your Online Enrollment Representative.

    • Microsoft Office (Iowa Central provides it as long as you’re an active student).
    • 4GB RAM minimum; or higher
    • Operating systems installed:
      • Windows 10 or higher
      • Mac iOS
    • 50GB or higher of free hard drive space
    • A current up to date anti-virus application
    • Access to a recording device or a high quality web camera for SPC-112 (Public Speaking). Camera should be tested prior to the start of class.
    • Persistent high speed broadband connection. (Tethering won’t work)
    • Browser Software (Either one will work)
      • Google Chrome
      • Mozilla FireFox
    • Visit Help Desk Knowledgebase for other recommended software

Additional Requirements by program

Digital Arts
Iowa Central will provide you access to the Adobe Creative Cloud software which will be used in many of your courses. You are required to have a computer that is capable of running these applications before you start your courses. Here are the minimum requirements for your device. 

  • You will need a device with 8GB of memory, 8GB of available hard-disk space for installation and an additional high-speed drive for media. (Please note, these are the minimum requirements and some applications may run slower.)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud can be used on a PC or Mac. 
    • PC Requirements 
      • Operating system of Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1909 or later 
      • Processor Intel 6th Gen or newer CPU of AMD Ryzen 1000 Series or newer CPU
    • Mac Requirements
      • Operating system of maxOS v10.15 (Catalina) or later
      • Intel 6th Gen or newer CPU
  • ChromeBooks, SurfaceGos and other tablet devices will not support this software. 

Additional equipment needed to complete coursework includes the following:

  • Digital Camera with manual mode (dSLR or Mirrorless and the option for an interchangeable lens) is recommended. A smartphone with Lightroom Mobile installed can be used as well.
  • Device to record video
  • Video Light
  • USB microphone
  • Art Supplies

I wanted to go back to college after working for a couple of years out of high school. I wanted to acquire knowledge to further my career in a job I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Derek Booth
Computer Networking Technology
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