NCC Catalog

Student Responsibility and Disclaimer!!

Each student is responsible for knowledge of the information appearing in the 2024–2025 Northwest Iowa Community College Catalog. Failure to read the regulations will not be considered an excuse for non-compliance. The College reserves the right to change policies, tuition, fees, admission standards, regulations and curriculum without notice or obligation. The official College curriculum is that contained in the master file.

President’s Welcome

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff, I am pleased that you have chosen Northwest Iowa Community College to continue your education. Welcome to one of the best community colleges in the nation for graduation rates, #1 in Iowa for transfer (, and one of the top 2% in the entire nation being recognized by the Aspen Institute of College Excellence all eight times! In addition to access to top quality programs and services, your community college provides:

The 40+ programs and services in this catalog plus caring staff/faculty that will help you reach your goals.
You will be able to easily transfer your credits or apply your skills at your current or future job!

Here everyone knows your name in small classes (13:1), our fab labs, and anywhere on campus.
Our passion is to serve you with flexible class options, the latest technology, and free tutoring.

Unparalleled opportunities to advance your career while you have fun and grow.
The highest graduation rate in Iowa and national rankings make NCC the smart choice! Join our Thunder Soccer or Sports Shooting Teams and compete in collegiate athletics!

Nearly 12,500 alumni attest their first two years of postsecondary success impacted them the most.
NCC is affordable. Nearly 100% of our students get jobs. Many employers hire NCC grads first.

Develop leadership skills by getting involved in our many campus clubs and service organizations.
Expand your resumé with SkillsUSA, Phi Theta Kappa, or other student activities.

Experience campus life by living in one of five fantastic residence halls or commute to campus. Your choice. Our newest hall is Sioux Hall which features private bedrooms and a large gaming room. Live here, in a nearby community, or at home! Plus, we have a first-rate dining hall with tasty and healthy food options. 

Ready? Our remarkable staff/faculty, and I believe in you. You can do this!
It will be a life-changing experience. We are committed to serve you. Your success is our story.

NCC has invested in facility renovations and student resources to help you succeed.
All of the improvement decisions were guided with input from industry experts, staff/faculty, alumni, and our current students.
The changes were designed with you in mind.

I would love to meet you in person! In the meantime, get more information through this catalog, our website (, Instagram (northwestiowacc), Facebook (/nwicc), Twitter (@nwicc), LinkedIn, phone, or email.
Again, thanks for choosing NCC!

Best wishes for success,

Dr. John Hartog, III


District I: Cynthia Porter, Hawarden
District II: Stephen Simons, Larchwood, Vice President 
District III: Loretta Berkland, VMD, Sibley
District IV: Steve Loshman, Calumet
District V: Adam Besaw, Sheldon, President
District VI: Leroy Van Kekerix, Orange City
District VII: Ron Heemstra, Sioux Center