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Western Iowa Tech Community College, located in Sioux City, Iowa, was founded in 1966 and first received its accreditation in 1977. The school is a comprehensive community college operating five campuses in northwest Iowa, specifically in Sioux City (The main campus), Mapleton, LeMars, Cherokee and Denison, all of which operate in order to provide coverage and opportunities for residents of the school's service area. The school is also one of the few two year institutions to provide student housing options, specifically two halls that combined allow for the housing of 300 students. The school is dedicated to providing the best education possible for its current and future students through modern programs and facilities that are under constant review and revision.
Western Iowa Tech Community College offers a variety programs designed to provide academic and career opportunities for enrolled students. Academic transfer programs allow students to complete the freshman and sophomore years of a four year education, followed by applying for transfer to a four year institution in order to finish their final two years and earn a bachelor's degree in one's desired field. Transfer to public Iowa institutions is made easier through agreements in place that guarantee admission to students that meet specific academic requirements. Transfer to out of state or private institutions will have varying requirements, and students desiring to do so should meet with a counselor to discuss curriculum and options.
Career and technical programs provide an education in a specific area of study with the purpose of providing skill and ability development for entry into the workforce as a professional. Students will have a mix of traditional courses and practical courses, with practical courses simulating real world environments to assist in the perfection of skills and methods often used in one's chosen field. Programs take between one and two years to complete and result in a certificate or degree that demonstrates competency and assists in the obtaining of entry level employment.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Western Iowa Tech Community College is an open enrollment institution that allows any individual to enroll by supplying an application for admission and paying associated fees. Individuals should be at least eighteen years of age or older or have a high school diploma or equivalent. Students should supply transcripts and standardized test scores if available, and may be asked to take a placement exam prior to registration. Students are encouraged to participate in orientation and to meet with a counselor to discuss goals, program enrollment and curriculum.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which is used by the school to determine need and aid program eligibility for the student. Financial aid must be reapplied for prior to each academic year.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,100. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- State Residents: $3,200-$3,900
- Out-of-State: $3,200-$3,888
- Part-time students are charged:
- In-State: $130-$160 per unit
- Out-of-State: $140-$160 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||85%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||85%||$4,283|
|Receiving Student Loans||53%||$4,840|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2012 was around 21%.
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help support students, Western Iowa Tech Community College may offer student services including:
- Online course work available
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Assisting students to find work
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares Western Iowa Tech Community College against community colleges in Iowa.
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Assistant Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1969)
- Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1993)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Western Iowa Tech Community College.
- Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, IA (54 miles away)
- Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, SD (79 miles away)
- Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA (88 miles away)
- Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, IA (100 miles away)
- Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, IA (109 miles away)