Jul 25, 2024  
2020-2021 College Catalog 
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College Profile

Picture of PresidentMessage from the President

My colleagues and I are very glad that you have chosen Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) to pursue your education. Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you.

We recognize that our students have diverse talents, skills, dreams, and goals. Furthermore, they come to NICC with a variety of family, work, and life experiences.  Our commitment is to help you prepare for your learning journey, whether the format is face-to-face, on-line, or blended. We will support you in your future career interests through work-based learning opportunities such as apprenticeships and internships.  Our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping you achieve your career aspirations.   Ultimately, your success will sustain your family and contribute to the vitality of the community where you reside.

We encourage you to make the most of your education by becoming an active member of the College and take advantage of opportunities for student leadership, service learning and recreation. Your relationships with faculty, staff and fellow students will greatly enhance your experience.

We invite you to become familiar with the information contained within the catalog, such as College policies, processes, programs and services available to you as you strive for academic excellence.

All of us at the College are here to help you reach your goals. Your success is cherished by us.

President Signature

Liang Chee Wee, Ph.D.

Mission Statement

Northeast Iowa Community College provides in-demand education and training focused on improving lives, driving business success and advancing community vitality.

Vision Statement

Northeast Iowa Community College will be the premier source for in-demand education, workforce training and partnerships, through innovative thinking and talent development.

SERVICE: We listen, identify, and respond to the needs and expectations of our internal and external communities.

RESPECT: We show consideration for one another and encourage diverse perspectives to build trust, cooperation, and accountability.

STEWARDSHIP: We use our resources in a responsible, impactful, and sustainable manner.

INNOVATION: We foster the development and advancement of ideas through individual and team creativity.

INTEGRITY: We are ethically accountable to ourselves and others.

RESILIENCY: We learn from our experiences, refocus, and seize the opportunity to improve and persist.

Board of Trustees

Kenneth Reimer, D.V.M.
Elkader, President

Jim Anderson, J.D.
Decorah, Vice President

Larry Blatz

Gene Fuelling

Kathy Gunderson

Sue Runyon

David Schueller

Bob Shafer

Daniel White

Administrative Cabinet

Liang Chee Wee, Ph.D.

David Dahms
Vice President of Finance and Administration

Wendy Knight
Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Advancement

Connie Kuennen
Executive Director of Human Resources

Wendy Mihm-Herold, Ph.D.
Vice President of Business and Community Solutions

Kathleen Nacos-Burds, Ph.D.
Vice President of Learning and Student Success

Rhonda Seibert
Associate Vice President of Operations

Julia Sollien
Executive Assistant to the President

Gisella Aitken-Schadle
College Senate Chairperson

College History

In July 1966, the State Board of Education approved the formation of the Area One Vocational-Technical School with Calmar as its administrative headquarters. The district approved included public school districts in Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties, as well as sections of Bremer, Buchanan and Mitchell counties.

On Sept. 5, 1967, Area One Vocational Technical School had 170 students enrolled in 12 programs. The school also broke ground on construction of facilities on the 210-acre Calmar campus, which now includes Darwin L. Schrage Administration building, Max Clark Hall, Wilder Business Center, Industrial Technologies, Student Center, Agricultural Technologies, Beef Science Education Facility, Child Development Center and Iowa’s Dairy Center, a $4.1 million dairy education center and applied research laboratory built in 2000.

The merged Area One Vocational-Technical School was enlarged in 1970 to include the public school districts in Dubuque and Delaware counties and sections of Jones and Jackson counties. In 1971, the school began offering career education programs at several locations throughout Dubuque, including the Roshek building.

In April 1979, Area One Vocational-Technical School changed its name to Northeast Iowa Technical Institute. This same year, the Peosta campus was established. The Peosta campus currently includes the main building, the Gas Utilities and Construction building, a Child Development Center, the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety and the Industrial Technologies building, which opened in August 2010.

In 1988, formal approval of community college status for Northeast Iowa Technical Institute was given by the State Board of Education to develop curricula and programs that would lead to awarding Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees. The school’s name was changed to Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC).

NICC has since expanded to include service locations in Cresco, Dubuque, New Hampton, Manchester, Oelwein and Waukon. The purpose of these locations is to bring education and training to students in their communities and to serve as a catalyst for economic development. In 2008, the Town Clock Business Center in Dubuque was expanded to include a one-stop center with Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) and East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA).

In December 2007, taxpayers passed, by supermajority, a $35 million renovation and construction bond levy for the College. The funds supported construction and renovation of the Industrial Technologies buildings on each campus, the Student Center on the Calmar campus, renovations to the health and science labs and a new library on the Peosta campus, the Darwin L. Schrage Administration building in Calmar, and the Wilder Business Center, which opened in January 2013.

In spring 2016, the College officially re-opened the Agricultural Technologies building that houses the John Deere TECH program. The facility, one of the earliest buildings constructed at the Calmar campus, was completely renovated and updated to support the program with new lab areas and technology.

In 2016, the College was recognized as one of the best schools in the U.S. for online learning by Affordable Colleges Online, and its Practical Nursing program was ranked the number one L.P.N. program in Iowa by practicalnursing.org in 2017.

In September 2018, taxpayers approved a $39 million bond levy continuation to finance construction and renovation in the College’s district.

Under the leadership of its current President, Liang Chee Wee, Ph.D., Northeast Iowa Community College is committed to transforming and honoring its students, their families and the communities in which they live.


Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is a public community college approved by the State Board of Education. Curricula are also approved by the State Board of Education, with additional approval through the Veteran’s Education Unit of the State Department of Education for the Veteran’s Administration.

Northeast Iowa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and participates in the Standard Pathway.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

It is the policy of Northeast Iowa Community College not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age (employment), sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential parental, family or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 - 1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).

If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact:

Executive Director of Human Resources
P.O. Box 400, Calmar, IA 52132
844.642.2338, ext. 1300

Executive Director for Risk Management
8342 NICC Drive, Peosta, IA 52068
844.642.2338, ext. 2477

Director of the Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center
500 W. Madison, Ste. 1475, Chicago, IL 60661

Freedom of Speech and Expression

The College, as a public institution of higher education, establishes this policy to comply with the laws of the state of Iowa and the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and to protect speech and expression. The primary function of an institution of higher education is the discovery, improvement, transmission, and dissemination of knowledge by means of research, teaching, discussion, and debate. To fulfill this function, the College shall strive to ensure the fullest degree of intellectual freedom and free expression allowed under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Campus and Service Locations

The College’s commitment to communities throughout northeast Iowa has produced eight service locations in Cresco, Dubuque, Manchester, New Hampton, Oelwein, Waukon and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Dubuque. Each service location provides educational opportunities and services to students interested in taking classes close to home. Among the services provided are economic development, workforce development, day and evening credit and continuing education classes, high school equivalency diploma (HSED) preparation, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes and adult literacy and programs designed for adult learners returning to college.

* Not all services are available at the service locations. Contact the service location you are interested in for additional information.

Calmar Campus

1625 Hwy. 150 S.
P.O. Box 400
Calmar, IA 52132
Fax: 563.562.3719

Peosta Campus

8342 NICC Drive
Peosta, IA 52068
Fax: 563.556.5058



Cresco Center

1020 Second Ave. S.E.
Cresco, IA 52136
Fax: 563.547.3402

Dubuque Center

700 Main St.
Dubuque, IA 52001
844.642.2338, ext. 3700
Fax: 563.557.8353

Manchester Center

1200½ W. Main St.
Manchester, IA 52057
844.642.2338, ext. 7700

New Hampton

Located inside New Hampton High School
701 W. Main St.
New Hampton, IA 50659
844.642.2338, ext. 7104

Regional Academy for Math and Science (Rams) / Regional Tech Center / Oelwein Center

1400 Technology Drive
Oelwein, IA 50662
844.642.2338, ext. 5700
Fax: 319.283.1893

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Located in the Schmid Innovation Center
900 Jackson St., Ste. 110
Dubuque, IA 52001

Town Clock Business Center

680 Main St., Ste. 100
Dubuque, IA 52001
844.642.2338, ext. 3700
Fax: 563.557.0319

Waukon Center

1220 Third Ave. N.W., Ste. 102
Waukon, IA 52172
844.642.2338, ext. 6700
Fax: 563.568.0016

Wilder Business Center

1625 Hwy. 150 S.
Calmar, IA 52132
844.642.2338, ext. 1399
Fax: 563.562.3719