Iowa Western Community College is located in the Iowa city of Council Bluffs, within a short distance from the much larger city Omaha, Nebraska. Besides the main campus within Council Bluffs, the college has expanded its outreach with centers in Clarinda, Cass, Page/Fremont, and Shelby counties. The school currently enrolls around 5,500 students each year, with an additional 42,795 students that are enrolled in continuing education classes offered on its campus. Iowa State Representatives Mark Brandenburg and Greg Forristall are both notable past alumni.
First founded in 1967, Iowa Western Community College began with two vocational-technical programs in the Council Bluffs campus facilities. In the fall of 1968, the college underwent a major development by adding a liberal arts curriculum to the program. Since then, IWCC has expanded to provide liberal arts education and technical training to students throughout the Southwest Iowa region through all of the established campuses. The community college has been accredited as a post-secondary institution by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Iowa Department of Education.
Today, the college offers 84 varying vocational/technical programs, as well as Arts and Sciences major programs. The affordable courses can be taken on campus, online, hybrid, self-paced, or through ICN at an eligible campus closest to home. IWCC awards associates degrees in a wide variety of subjects, including business administration, computer science, criminal justice, early childhood education, psychology, and theatre to name just a few. Students can also work towards a certificate in automotive technology, aviation maintenance, construction, culinary arts, electrical maintenance, health information technology, and many more. Iowa Western Community College is well-known for being home to a respected flight school that gives various aircraft training courses for related professional careers.
Iowa Western Community College is also committed to providing opportunities outside of the classroom. The Department of Student Life encourages student involvement in activities, intramural sports, resident life, student organizations, and clubs. Some of the clubs that offer a great way to have fun and build life skills are College Democrats, IWCC EMSA, Phi Theta Kappa, Student Nursing Club, and many more. The college also hosts a radio station, 89.7 the River, which streams alternative rock music to radios across the entire surrounding Council Bluffs and Omaha metropolitan area.
The community college is also well-known for its sports teams nicknamed the Reivers. Men's sports offered include basketball, baseball, soccer, football, and wrestling. Women's sports offered include basketball, softball, volleyball, and soccer. Co-ed cross country, track and field, and golf teams are available to both sexes. Students can also take part in the cheerleading or dance teams, called the Sapphires. Joe Bisenius, Tony Ghlefi, Jeremy Horst, and Russ Morman are all prominent baseball players that attended and are among the notable alumni players to find success at IWCC.
Total undergraduate enrollment: 4503
Total institution enrollment: 4503
School type: 2-year public
School classification: Associate's Colleges: These institutions offer associate's degree and certificate programs but, with few exceptions, award no baccalaureate degrees.
Iowa Western Community College
2700 College Rd Box 4c
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Male undergraduate population: 46%
Female undergraduate population: 54%
Undergrad visible minorities: No Data
Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Associate's