Northeast Iowa’s economy is booming, unemployment is down and the demand for trained professionals is high; now is the time to position yourself by training for a new career or completing the degree you have always wanted.
Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is your local, higher education “home base” where you can earn a college degree that is affordable and flexible, or complete a certification program to advance in a professional career – all while taking advantage of financial resources available to pay for your education.
Many NICC students benefit from financial assistance. From 2012-2013, 95 percent of Pell-eligible students (2,166 students) received a Pell grant and the average amount of Pell aid alone was $3,299. Scholarships are also available to lessen the costs of education and can have a dramatic impact on student success. The NICC Foundation awarded a total of $176,988 in scholarships to 346 students from 2012-2013.
Jean Rolfe, an NICC Associate of Arts-Business Administration student at the Peosta campus, is a single mother with four children and needed financial assistance to return to college.
“Financial aid at NICC is great. I received NICC Foundation Scholarships and a TRiO Scholarship in addition to Pell grants. These are a huge help with tuition, books and living expenses,” Rolfe said. “After graduation in spring 2015, I plan to transfer to the University of Dubuque to major in accounting and business administration.”
For the second year, NICC froze tuition and fees at the same level students paid in 2011-2012 to make earning a college degree affordable for everyone, including high school students, who comprise approximately onea-third of the NICC student population each year.
Concurrent enrollment programming offered through the NICC High School Partnerships office offers high school students opportunities to earn college credit free of cost. The enrollment agreements between NICC and community school districts save students and their families thousands of dollars in tuition costs when compared to the first two years’ expense at another four-year college or university.
At NICC, you have more than 95 academic programs to choose from! Whether your interests are computer science, healthcare, manufacturing, business or earning a transferable associate degree, NICC has what you’re looking for.
In addition, the College’s Business and Community Solutions division also offers several Career Pathway Certificates in advanced manufacturing (see pgs. 6-7) that ladder into degree programs at NICC or lead directly to high-paying local employment.
Regardless of the state of the economy, returning to college is a solid investment in your future earnings and career potential.
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