Do My Credits Transfer? You Bet!

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There are more than 75 academic programs at NICC in areas that include: Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Technology; Agriculture and Animal Science; Business, Communication and Marketing; Education, Human and Public Services; Electrical and Construction Technology; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts.

Transfer degrees help to secure graduates’ progress to their four-year college destination, and recent NICC graduates have found great success with their start at NICC. Darren Stortz is a perfect example.

Students at NICC earn academic credits during their first two years that are equal and comparable to virtually any first two years at a four-year college or university.

“Transferring to the University of Iowa was a relatively easy process. They took all my NICC credits, and the shift in classroom size took only a few days to get used to,” said Stortz, of Decorah, who graduated from the NICC Calmar campus in 2010 and from the University of Iowa in summer 2012. Stortz earned a Bachelor of Applied Studies degree and entered the sports reporting and video production field.

Like Stortz, not all high school graduates are interested in heading directly to a four-year college. In fact, spending two years at NICC is a great way to save money, become familiar with college-level academics and expectations, and increase your chances of academic success. Whether you live near NICC campuses in Calmar or Peosta or one of the College’s six centers, you have an opportunity to get a first-rate education close to home and earn credits that transfer to the four-year college or university of your choice. Transfer agreements between all three of Iowa’s regent universities, as well as many smaller, four-year private colleges, make attending NICC a smart, more affordable decision.

As one of many examples, NICC agriculture program alumni have found that the College’s academic preparation and rigorous instruction prepared them for the demands of a four-year program. After receiving an NICC Dairy Science Technology diploma in 2003 and an Associate of Applied Science-Dairy Science Technology degree in 2004, Josh Corcoran, of Sumner, graduated from Iowa State University in 2006 and now contributes his expertise as a consultant for other dairy farm producers.

“I really enjoy the position that I am currently in. I like seeing dairy producers meet their goals and seeing them grow. The dairy industry is changing frequently, and I enjoy the challenge of keeping my producers competitive in the market,” said Corcoran, who works for Nelson Dairy Consultants, Inc.

You may find that NICC is just what you’ve been looking for.
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