The College seeks to fulfill the educational needs of students throughout the region and is making it easier for students to start their higher-education career at NCC and transfer to a four-year college after two years.
In early 2009, the College and Northwestern College in Orange City signed the Elementary Education Articulation Plan that allows students to take the first two years of college at NCC, graduate with an Associate of Arts degree, transfer to Northwestern and earn their Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education in another two years.
The new agreement is one example of how NCC has responded to growing student interest in starting their college career at NCC and transferring to a four-year institution.
“Transfer has been part of our mission since the ’90s and it’s growing,” said Alethea Stubbe, Vice President of Education and Learning Services. “We recognize this great opportunity for students to start locally without spending a lot of money in this economy.”
It’s a selling point that it is close to home, with small class sizes and individualized attention. Students can move on to the big state universities or even colleges closer to home like Northwestern College in Orange City, Dordt College in Sioux Center and Briar Cliff University in Sioux City.
The Iowa Department of Education has recognized the value of students starting at the community college and transferring. The Department established a website solely dedicated to help students plan the transition from community college to a four-year institution.
The College has 2+2 Agreements with the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Northwestern College – for education majors only – and Briar Cliff University for Accounting, Business Administration and Human Resource Management. The College has a 2+1 Agreement with Bellevue University.