Sep 24, 2020  
2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Resources

Northeast Iowa Community College takes pride in the quality and variety of resources and services available to help students reach their academic and personal goals. Faculty and staff work closely to determine the needs of each individual to optimize student success. Most student resources are provided at no cost and are readily accessible to all.


Bookstores are located on both the Calmar and Peosta campuses. In addition to selling and renting new and used textbooks, they also offer school supplies, book bags and a variety of NICC clothing, souvenirs and gift items. Textbooks for your courses can also be purchased online from our Bookstores at


Cafeteria services are provided for the convenience of students. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are available on the Peosta and Calmar Campuses. Students may purchase ‘Café Cash’ meal plans for use in the cafeterias. ‘Café Cash’ is available for purchase fall and spring semesters.

Career Services

All prospective students, current students and alumni of NICC are encouraged to utilize Career Services resources which include career coaching, job shadows, mock interviews, resume reviews, internships, career readiness competencies and job search tips. Career Services partners with local business and industry to provide career-related campus workshops during common hour and work-based learning experiences such as job shadows and internships. Classroom presentations on a variety of career topics are also provided as requested by faculty.

Additional resources available through Career Services can be found at

NICC Career Hub

All prospective students, current students, and alumni of NICC should create a free lifetime NICC Career Hub account. This system allows users to take career assessments, access job search information, create resumes and cover letters, upload important documents, research potential employers, and view internship/ job opportunities with one log-in. Employers seeking NICC students as interns/employees post business profiles and opportunities in the Connect2Business portal, where students can search business and opportunities based on criteria such as career pathway and location.

Child Development Center

Children between the ages of six weeks and 12 years of age may enroll in the NICC Child Development Center(s) on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is open to children of NICC students, staff, faculty and members of the surrounding communities. The centers are designed to provide convenient and on-campus care of children. Application forms are available from the Child Development Centers on the Calmar and Peosta campuses. Centers follow the NICC nondiscrimination policies.


Northeast Iowa Community College offers free and confidential counseling to currently enrolled students. Counselors can assist with problem solving and developing strategies to cope with stressors and, when needed, make referrals to community and mental health resources. Areas of assistance may include: stress management, anxiety, depression, time management, grief counseling, alcohol/drug issues, academic difficulties, eating disorders, gambling, financial hardship, relationship concerns and student success strategies. During the initial appointment, the counselors will assess the student’s needs and may recommend follow-up counseling at the College or referral to an area service or agency.

A Student Crisis Fund is available for students who experience a financial crisis that may prevent them from being able to continue the semester. Students can apply using the application found on the College website or in the Counseling Office. For more information on counseling resources or to schedule an appointment, students may contact the counselor on their corresponding campus.

Additional information on counseling services and community resources are located at

Calmar Campus: 800.728.2256, ext. 378 Student Center, 160

Peosta Campus: 800.728.7367, ext. 215 Main Building, 216

Disability Services

Northeast Iowa Community College provides access, accommodations and advocacy for students who have disabilities. Examples include accessible textbooks, additional time on exams, audio tests and sign language interpreters. The College reserves the right to determine which accommodations are reasonable and do not fundamentally alter course requirements or the integrity of our programs. If you would like to learn more about these services or how to request academic accommodations, contact the Office of Disability Services:

Calmar Campus: 563.562.3263, ext. 258

Peosta Campus: 563.556.5110, ext. 280


NICC is a non-resident campus; however, a listing of available rental properties in various communities within proximity of each campus is compiled annually. Housing costs vary depending upon the amenities provided. Housing information may be obtained from the Admissions Office or online at

Learning and Writing Centers

The Learning Center provides assistance and supplemental instruction in many areas of study including math, sciences, health science and writing. Learning Center instructors work with students individually or in small groups and may assist with study skills, placement test preparation, reading and computer skills. Academic coaching is available upon request to promote independent success strategies. Computers are available for independent student use. The Writing Center assists students with written assignments for any class as well as with resumes and scholarship applications. In individual conferences, a writing instructor may offer suggestions at any step of the writing process including brainstorming, drafting, revising and editing.

Additional information can be found at or at:

Calmar Learning Center: 800.728.2256, ext. 394

Peosta Learning Center: 800.728.7367, ext. 331

Dubuque Center: 563.557.8353, ext. 132


The Calmar and Peosta campus libraries provide NICC students with carefully selected and managed resources to support your pursuit of a quality education and up-to-date training as well as leisure activities and lifelong learning. Both libraries offer inviting and connected spaces for individual or group study. Library staff are available to provide instructional or technical support in the use of these resources. The libraries are a vital partner in developing the information literacy skills which are critical for your success in the 21st Century.

Students may check out library materials by using their NICC Student ID. You are responsible for all items checked out and will be held accountable for items which are damaged or are not returned. (See Indebtedness Policy )

To learn more about the books, periodicals and audiovisual items available in the physical and digital/online collections, and the many ways the library can assist, please visit


Free parking is provided for students on both main campuses in designated parking areas. A limited number of handicapped permit parking spaces are available for students and visitors with disabilities. Free parking is not available at the Dubuque Center location. NICC has adopted parking and traffic regulations in order to maximize safety and ensure drive access for emergency vehicles.

At the Calmar campus, students are asked to park in designated areas and vehicles must have a valid parking permit properly displayed. Parking permits are available free of charge in the Bookstore. The owner is responsible for lost permits. On the Peosta campus, there are no designated or reserved parking areas. For both campuses, drivers are responsible for finding a legal parking space. Vehicles parked in unauthorized spaces or parked in a manner that compromises safe access for other vehicles will be ticketed and subject to fines and/or towing. Student transcripts will not be released until fines are paid.

Student Identification Card

All students who enroll in NICC programs and fulfill fee requirements must secure an identification card. Identification cards are issued during the first three weeks of each term, or by appointment, in the Library. Students must obtain an identification card during the first semester of enrollment, and a term sticker is required at the start for each term.

Identification cards are required in some clinical situations, for make-up testing, Learning Center check-in, to check-out library materials, to obtain academic and/or financial aid and other College processes. In the event that an identification card is lost, stolen or destroyed, a duplicate card can be purchased in the Library. The card also can be used by students to secure discounts at participating area businesses. Please contact the Student Life Office for more information on memberships and discounts.

Student Health/Insurance

A referral will be made to a local medical facility should an emergency arise when it is necessary for an administrator or faculty member to refer a student for medical services. However, if a student has another choice for medical services of an emergency nature, this request will be honored. The student and/or parents will be liable for the payment for such service.

Students are encouraged to enroll in a student health/insurance program to assure protection in the event of illness or injury if they are not covered under a current plan. Health insurance brochures with information about no-cost or low-cost individual or family healthcare coverage are available in the Student Services Office.

Student Life

iMPACT: Empowering Students Discovering Leaders. iMPACT serves as the student representative body, and provides programming and extra-curricular activities for students. iMPACT is a unique and rewarding opportunity to develop skills while having fun and making a difference. Join iMPACT as a volunteer or apply for one of four leadership positions.

Get Involved

Students have the opportunity to get involved and make the most of their college experience through:

  • On-campus entertainers
  • Inspirational speakers
  • Off-campus trips
  • Sports shooting team
  • Intramurals
  • Campus clubs and professional organizations
  • Workouts at the Fort Atkinson Community Center or the Peosta Community Centre
  • Community and on-campus service opportunities
  • Annual spring break service trip
  • NICC Emerging Leaders Certificate program

Clubs, Professional Associations and Honor Societies

Joining a club, professional association, or honor society at NICC provides students with an opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork, communication and social skills. Taking part in group activities connects students with the campus culture and gets them engaged with others who have similar interests.

A student group that is interested in becoming a registered NICC club with all of the associated benefits must pick up a club recognition application from the Student Life Office. A student wishing to join a professional association can contact a faculty member in their program of interest.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society whose ideals are service, scholarship, leadership and fellowship and offers lifetime membership. Eligibility for membership is attained when a student has completed a minimum of 12 academic credits and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5. Membership is offered twice a year, and students are invited to join by letter. Students maintain membership as long as their cumulative GPA remains at 3.0 or higher. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for scholarships and leadership growth.

Diversity Council

The purpose of this organization is three-fold:

  1. Raise awareness of intercultural issues at Northeast Iowa Community College,
  2. Increase sensitivity and appreciation as community strength,
  3. Support the diversity related goals outlined in the NICC strategic plan. We aspire to bring awareness and skills to students, staff, faculty and the communities served by NICC, regarding race, ethnicity, national origin, marital or family status, religious preference, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, health status, veteran status, abilities and age. Meetings are held monthly. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate.

Trio-Student Support Services

(Peosta Campus and Dubuque Center)

TRIO - Student Support Services, a federally-funded program on the Peosta campus and at the Dubuque Center (Thursdays only), provides free support services such as tutoring, advising, university transfer assistance, success workshops, financial literacy counseling and cultural activities to 160 eligible students. To be eligible for TRIOSSS students must be enrolled in a two-year program with plans to graduate and transfer and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Neither parent has a four-year degree
  • Meets federal income guidelines
  • Have a documented learning or physical disability

TRIO-SSS staff has the unique opportunity to work individually with students and to get to know each student personally. Participants receive holistic support through graduation from NICC. The office is open year-round. For more information call 800.728.7367, ext. 408 or email


Students are encouraged to join the sports shooting team; no prior experience is necessary! Calmar campus practices are held at the Turkey Valley Trap Range.

The $100 participation fee includes: competition ammunition, practice clay targets, gun cleaning components, fees and transportation and secure gun storage during season. Student athletes must maintain full-time enrollment status and satisfactory academic progress to be eligible to participate.


Intramural sports are offered through the Student Life Office. No matter what campus you attend, you can have fun, meet people and show off your athletic skills. Intramurals take place at each campus, with campus teams competing against each other and with the University of Dubuque intramural teams.

Fitness Facilities

Peosta students can utilize the Peosta Community Centre and Calmar students the Fort Atkinson Gym. You must present your NICC student ID to use the facilities. Peosta students also have the option of using the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center at the University of Dubuque for a nominal fee with proof of enrollment and an NICC identification card.