North Iowa Area Community College was founded in 1918 as the first public, two-year college in Iowa and was originally named Mason City Junior College. In 1965, the school was renamed to North Iowa Area Community College, and then in 1970, it moved to its current campus on the east edge of Mason City. The main focus of North Iowa Area Community College is to enhance the quality of life for people of North Iowa through comprehensive educational opportunities, progressive partnerships, exemplary service and responsive leadership.
Students can complete a variety of programs leading to associate degrees or certificates. In addition to traditional, face to face classes, North Iowa Area Community College offers online classes to help accommodate the busy schedules of its students. Students can also earn an Associate of Arts degree entirely through online education.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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