Iowa Western Community College
2700 College Rd, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 325-3200
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Iowa Western Community College (IWCC) is a two-year, public institution in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The college was founded in 1967 as authorized by seven county boards of education — Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby. The approval combined Clarinda Junior College, established in 1923, and a new campus located in Council Bluffs. Iowa Western Community College offers 84 vocational, technical, and liberal arts programs, as well as a flight school. The college serves 7,176 students and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Programs Offered

Iowa Western Community College offers several associate degree programs in areas including: art, aviation management, coaching, communication studies, criminal justice, fire science technology, horticulture, literature, marketing, music, diesel technology, marketing, media studies, mathematics, and sports medicine. IWCC also offers certificate programs in automotive areas, aviation maintenance tech, computers, construction, electrical maintenance, culinary arts, forensic investigation, and sustainable energy technology. Diplomas are available through IWCC in early childhood studies, electrical maintenance, emergency medical services, medical assistant, nursing, office information systems technology, pre-engineering, and surgical technology. Online degrees and certificates are available through IWCC in accounting technician, business administration, computer science, criminal justice, education, forensic investigation, literature, marketing, psychology, and sociology.


The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Iowa Western Community College since 1975.


Admissions requires prospective students to fill out an application and to turn in high school transcripts or proof of GED. Prospective students must also take a COMPASS assessment test or submit ACT, ASSET, or SAT scores. Some programs may require additional prerequisites. Accepted students will register for classes in mid-April for the fall semester, mid-November for the spring semester, and February for the summer sessions. New students will make an appointment with an admissions advisor or register for classes online.


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