NCC Fall 2019 Enrollment the Largest in School History

Enrollments at Northwest Iowa Community College are up for the fall of 2019 as compared to fall of 2018 and in fact, the school’s 53 year history. The final numbers for the fall are 1,777 students which is an increase of just under 2% over last fall’s record breaking enrollment of 1,747 (which was a 6% increase over fall 2017). This also represents about a 98% overall increase in enrollments since fall of 2000 in which NCC had 897 students.

Dr. John Hartog, Vice President – Student & Academic Services, commented on the record enrollments, “A reason for the increase in enrollments can be attributed to NCC’s strong commitment to making sure our programs are high quality, affordable, and accessible. We want our program offerings to align with the industry and learning needs of Northwest Iowans. We started the Web & Graphic Design program in the fall of 2018, and this year we have added the Information Technology Specialist program. We regularly assess programmatic needs so that we can offer instruction and training that will make the biggest impact in the lives of our students and in our communities.”

One reason for the increase, as Hartog referenced, is the launch of a new program: Information Technology Specialist. The program prepares graduates to provide technical assistance to computer users, particularly in a small-business setting. Students gain experience in a variety of IT skills including hardware, software applications, networking and programming, and principles of customer service. For the AAS degree students choose an emphasis track/curriculum in either Programming, Network and Security, or Database Management. In addition to the AAS degree, students can also earn a one-year diploma or a Help Desk Technician Certificate.

NCC has a proven track record of providing access, quality instruction, and success of our alumni in Northwest Iowa. NCC’s Graduation Rate is the best in Iowa and one of the best in the country at 67.3%, students’ Success Rates are the best in the state at 71.5%, our penetration rate is 2nd best in the state at 20.7%, and students’ federal loan default rates are the lowest in Iowa at 10.7% (Iowa Department of Education Profile Report, 2018).

What do these numbers mean? The numbers are a reflection of our brand statement, Your Success is Our Story, and how every employee at NCC embraces a culture of success for our students. Students are choosing NCC because they have access to one of the best community colleges in the country, quality instruction, a culture of student success, and relevant programs that mean something to Northwest Iowans because they can find jobs after graduation.

NCC has been the recipient of several national awards over the past several years:

2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011 – NCC was recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the Best 150 Community Colleges in the nation.

2019 – #3 in the Nation for Career Outcomes and 12th Overall Best Community College in the Nation,; #1 Best Online Community College in the Nation, SR Education Group; #5 in the Nation Best Online Associate in Computer Science Programs,; 10th in the Nation Best Automotive Trade Programs,

2018 – #1 Electrical Programs in the United States,; Best Junior Colleges For Employment In Iowa and 4th Best in the United States,; 4th top Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program in Iowa,

2017 – Best Two Year College in the State of Iowa,; 4th Best Junior College for Getting a Job in the Nation and #1 in the State of Iowa,; NCC’s Pharmacy Technician Program 2nd in the Nation, #11 Best Community Colleges in America,; #2 in the State of Iowa Among all 2 Year Colleges,

2016 – 12th nationally for Premier National Online Associate Degree Program,; Best Two Year College in Iowa,

2015 – 3rd Best Online College in the U.S.,; Top 45 Colleges in the Nation, College Scorecard, U.S. Department of Education.

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Fall Enrollments:

Year Student Count   Year Student Count   Year Student Count
2018 1,747   2010 1,654   2002 1,018
2017 1,646   2009 1,615   2001 1,017
2016 1,634   2008 1,256   2000 897
2015 1,612   2007 1,288      
2014 1,568   2006 1,224      
2013 1,628   2005 1,082      
2012 1,621   2004 1,081      
2011 1,544   2003 1,079