Program Overview

The Associate of Arts degree that Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) offers is designed for students who are considering transferring to a four-year college or university. Completing courses for this degree should be aligned with most general education classes needed at other educational institutions. Students are encouraged to review general education courses at their transfer college before enrolling in classes at NICC.

An associate of arts degree can be beneficial for students interested in business, education, social work and engineering degrees. This program has both general and specific degree requirements. Students will need to complete 9 credit hours each in communication, math, and social science, 12 credit hours in humanities, 5 credits hours of core courses, and 20 credit hours of electives.

NICC offers this program through the distance learning program. The online environment of this degree requires increased self-motivation to complete assignments and keep up with the course content. Students in this program should be able to access courses from a laptop or tablet. NICC uses the Xpress system for its online programs and they offer a free tutorial course to teach students how to use all the tools and functions that are found on Xpress.  Distance learning courses at NICC typically use discussion boards, videos and chat rooms to increase learning and allow students to express opinions and ideas with classmates.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Northeast Iowa Community College was founded in 1966 by the State Board of Education as the Area One Vocational -Technical School. In 1979, the Area One Vocational -Technical School changed its name to Northeast Iowa Technical Institute then to Northeast Iowa Community College in 1988. Northeast Iowa Community College is a two-year, public, not-for-profit institution of higher learning with the mission to “provide accessible, affordable, quality education and training to meet the needs of our communities.”

    Northeast Iowa Community College supports diploma programs, certificate programs and associate's degree programs, as well as a number of online classes through the distance learning program. Several associate's degrees can be earned completely online.

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