Learning Center

To help with your educational goals, the Learning Center provides a variety of services. Free tutoring is available to you in most program content areas. Tutoring is done on a “drop in” basis, in small groups or one-to-one.

If you are a current or prospective student, enhancement (developmental) courses are available to help improve your skills in specific areas. For additional information on enhancement courses, contact the Learning Center Director.

If you require individualized study, you may take certain career and technical courses through the Learning Center with the approval of the Dean, Learning Center Director, and Vice President of Student & Academic Services, as appropriate. Study is done independently, meaning you begin your coursework at your convenience and determine your own schedule within the normal hours of the Learning Center.

The Learning Center Director is the Accommodations Coordinator. If you are a student with special needs, see the Learning Center Director in advance for accommodations.

The Learning Center also serves as a Testing Center. All testers are required to provide a picture ID before testing. Tests are proctored for NCC courses taken online or on-campus, assessment tests, CLEP tests, as well as certification tests. Talk to the Learning Center personnel to schedule testing time slots. Proctoring for other colleges can be arranged by request. There is no charge for proctoring ICCOC tests, but a semester fee is charged for proctoring other colleges’ tests.

A computer lab and calculators are available in the Learning Center for your use at no charge. Software and videos for review of basic skills and tutorial work are also available.

Study rooms are available for individual or small groups needing a quiet work area.

The Learning Center also can provide instruction for the high school equivalency program (HSED) and the high school credit recovery program.

High School Completion

Northwest Iowa Community College has various programs available to assist you if you wish to complete your high school education. Options include earning a HSED Diploma or a local high school diploma through the completion of NCC high school credits. For additional information, contact sbreems-diekevers@nwicc.edu about the HSED Diploma or the Director of the Learning Center about high school credits.

High School Equivalency—HSED Diploma

The Adult Education & Literacy Program at NCC provides adults with instructional opportunities to improve their basic skill levels for education or work related goals. Included within Adult Education & Literacy is instruction to prepare for the HSED tests. Upon successful completion of the HSED tests, you will be awarded the High School Equivalency Diploma issued by the State

of Iowa. This diploma certifies that you have achieved a level of educational development comparable to that of a high school graduate in the following subject areas: reading, writing, science, social studies and mathematics.

In order to enroll in the Adult Education & Literacy Program to earn your HSED Diploma, an individual must be 17 years of age, not currently enrolled in high school and not a high school graduate. Instruction will be tailored to meet the student’s academic needs. In order to begin the official HSED tests, a student must be 17 years of age and must demonstrate sufficient skill mastery in each subject area. The HSED tests are available in English, Spanish, and in alternate formats for individuals with documented disabilities.

High School Credits

High school credits earned through NCC will be applied or transferred to the local high school district to meet its graduation requirements.


  • Personal Finance
  • Introduction to Business
  • Computer Applications 8


  • Basic Math
  • General Math
  • Consumer Math
  • Business Math
  • Algebra I
  • Algebra II
  • Pre-Algebra 8
  • Geometry ✩
  • Trig 8

Social Studies

  • Introduction to Social Sciences
  • World History
  • American History
  • Government ✩
  • U.S. Geography
  • World Geography
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Street Law
  • Integrated American Studies*


  • 75-hour Nurse Aide Course
  • EMT-B course (2 credits)
  • World of Work
  • Work Experience*
  • Medication Aide

Fine Arts

  • Art History 8
  • Introduction to Art 8


  • English 2200
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Reading Improvement
  • English 2600
  • Independent Reading
  • Intermediate Literature
  • Introduction to Communications and Speech 8
  • English 3200
  • American Writers
  • Basic Composition
  • Composition
  • Writing Through Computer Applications
  • British Literature 8


  • Health
  • General Science
  • Physical Science ✩
  • Biology
  • Chemistry 8
  • Environmental Science 8
  • Earth Science 8

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Nutrition & Wellness
  • Family Living
  • Child Development
  • Community Service*
  • Life Skills
  • Teen Parenting
  • Teen Dads
  • Life Experiences I*
  • Life Experiences II*

*Offered only in Alternative High School

8 Classes delivered online

✩ Offered both book or online

Northwest Iowa Alternative High School

The Northwest Iowa Alternative High School is a cooperative program between local community school districts and NCC. To be admitted to the Alternative High School, you must be referred by your local school district. This program is intended for individuals not in regular attendance at their local high school. Contact the Alternative High School Lead Instructor for additional information.

Enhancement (Developmental) Courses

To assist you in your college career, NCC offers enhancement courses. Enhancement courses are designed to strengthen your skills if you have academic deficiencies or have been out of school for a period of time. You may be required to enroll in enhancement courses before beginning your college coursework.

Credit from enhancement courses is not transferable, does not count toward your grade point average, and does not meet graduation credit requirements for diploma or degree programs. The current per credit tuition and fees apply to courses. These courses can be included in the calculation of your course load.

Enhancement courses are offered on an individual basis in a self-paced, open-entry format through the Learning Center. With sufficient enrollment, courses may be offered in a scheduled classroom setting. You must register for these courses in Student Services. Textbooks are checked out from the Learning Center.

Specific courses include:

Math – MAT044-H – Mastery Math – 1 credit

English Composition – ENG053-H – English Brushup – 2 credits

Special Needs/Accommodations

Services for Students with Disabilities

In accordance with the America Disabilities Act & the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, Northwest Iowa Community College is committed to providing an accessible environment which supports students with disabilities to reach their full potential. Accommodations are available for students who have visual, hearing, mobility, learning or other types of disabilities to insure equal access to educational opportunities. NCC employs an Accommodations Coordinator to work with students to develop and coordinate services based on individual student need. If you are a student with a disability, who requires reasonable accommodations to participate at NCC, follow the steps listed below:

  1. Contact the Accommodations Coordinator at 800-352-4907, ext. 118 or see NCC’s website for an application for accommodations.
  2. Submit the completed application and supporting documentation to: Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 West Park Street, Sheldon, IA 51201, Attn: Accommodations Coordinator. An application is required each semester.
  3. Schedule a time to meet with the Accommodations Coordinator to discuss coordination of these services.
  4. Contact the Accommodations Coordinator with any questions during the process.

Veterans Educational Benefits

The Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), the Montgomery GI Bill—Active Duty (Chapter 30), the Montgomery GI Bill—Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606), the Reserve Educational Assistance Program—REAP (Chapter 1607), Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31), Veterans Education Assistance Program—VEAP, and Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35) provide educational benefits for veterans attending NCC. Information concerning veterans’ educational benefits and applications may be obtained from NCC’s Registrar.

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