Northeast Iowa Community College

Northeast Iowa Community College serves the Iowa counties of AllamakeeChickasawClaytonFayetteHowardWinneshiekDubuque, and Delaware counties. It also includes sections of BremerBuchananJonesJackson, and Mitchell counties. The college is commonly referred to as NICC. There are two main campuses - Calmar and Peosta. The Peosta campus is 15 miles west of Dubuque. NICC also has a satellite campus in downtown Dubuque.
Originally, the school was known as Northeast Iowa Technical Institute (NITI). The school became a Community College in 1988, and was renamed NICC. The school is authorized by the Iowa Board of Education to award the Associate in ArtsAssociate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degrees as well as the GED. It offers programs in a number of vocational fields, as well as transfer programs for students wishing to continue their education at four-year institutions. The school had worked with the University of Dubuque to provide a transfer option for students looking to transfer to four-year programs. It recently obtained agreements with a number of four-year schools to guarantee that students will be able to transfer their credits. Additionally, the Peosta Campus houses the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), a nationally accredited agricultural training center.
As part of a three-day Midwestern bus tour, President Barack Obama traveled to the college with members of his cabinet to host the White House Rural Economic Forum on August 16, 2011. President Donald Trump also hosted an economic roundtable in July 2018 at the college.
Welcome to Northeast Iowa Community College. Our students have hopes and dreams for a better future through education. For their hopes to be realized and dreams to come true, their learning must be purposeful and meaningful to build a strong foundation of success.
Every course and personal encounter is critical and builds the foundation of success. Therefore, a student's understanding of the importance of learning from each course is crucial. Education is a journey, and it requires students to stay on track and build upon what they have already learned. The knowledge gained enables them to prepare for other opportunities along the way.
My colleagues and I are committed to helping each student pursue an education that leads to a meaningful career. Our students' success will enable them to sustain their families and contribute to the vitality of their communities.
Northeast Iowa Community College believes our students can go as far as their engagement in and commitment to education and training will carry them.


We all start somewhere, and it’s no wonder so many choose Northeast Iowa Community College. More than 95 percent of our students are either employed or continuing their education six months after graduation – that says a lot about the success of our students and the quality of a NICC education.

Whether your goal is to transfer to a four-year institution or start your career, your future starts at NICC!

What's Your Goal?
Goal: Employment Goal: Transfer

These awards are one and two-year degrees that prepare you to enter the workforce quickly:

  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Diploma
  • Certificate
  • Career Pathway Certificate (CPC)

Learn more about these programs and explore available careers with Career Coach.

The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science awards are equivalent to the first two-years of a bachelor's degree program and are designed to transfer to a four-year institution. Consider this the smart path to a bachelor's degree.

Learn more about the AA or AS degrees.


Online Programs

NICC offers several programs completely online, including the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. Learn more about online programs!

Student Veterans

NICC has been recognized as a Military Friendly School and a Top School in the 2015 Military Advanced Education (MAE) Guide to Colleges and Universities. Veterans, their spouses and their dependents may be eligible for education benefits while enrolled in an approved program at the College.

International Students

International students from around the world are welcome at NICC. The admissions staff works closely with international students to ensure the admissions process is timely and efficient. Learn more about enrolling as an international student.

Adult Education and Literacy

NICC provides services for students to obtain a degree or diploma at the high school or secondary level, basic skill instruction, language development and other services for community members of all ages throughout northeast Iowa.