The First Choice

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Thousands of high school students enroll in tens of thousands of Northeast Iowa Community College credits each year; to say that these career-minded students are “just saving a few bucks” would be an understatement.

Enrollment agreements established between 25 district high schools and the College create these opportunities for high school students. Students working closely with counselors develop their career pathway, saving time and money.

One high school student, Cole Mather, knew that teaching and coaching would be in his future. Realizing that a four-year degree would be expensive, he enrolled at NICC to earn an associate’s degree that would prepare him for transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree in education. While at NICC, he took a combination of face-to-face and online classes and completed his degree in one-and-a-half years.

“I knew I had to attend at least four years of college to become a teacher, and I was looking for a quality education at lower tuition cost. Getting my Associate of Arts degree through Northeast Iowa Community College was the right decision for me,” explained Mather, who graduated from NICC in fall 2016 and is now a junior at University of Northern Iowa.

Did You Know:

  • High school students and their families saved an estimated $12.1 million in college tuition by taking Northeast Iowa Community College courses during the 2017 academic year!
  • In 2017, 48 percent (3,004 out of 6,540) of all students enrolled at NICC were high school students taking college credit courses. These students enrolled in 21,735.5 credits.
  • Sixty-four percent (245 out of 378) of in-district high school seniors who enrolled at Northeast Iowa Community College in the fall term following graduation had taken college courses through NICC while in high school.



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