Indian Hills Community College changes lives by inspiring learning, diversity, social enrichment, and regional economic development.
Indian Hills Community College Values
- Academic Excellence and Student Success
- Integrity, Relationships, and Teamwork
- Acceptance, Inclusion, and Accessibility
- Tradition and Culture
- Innovation and the Future
Indian Hills Community College Strategic Priorities
Strategic Priority: Provide a quality learning environment focused on student success
Strategic Priority: Utilize targeted communication plans for internal and external stakeholders
Strategic Priority: Develop and implement a strategic enrollment management plan
Strategic Priority: Be responsive to the workforce needs of the region
Strategic Priority: Make data-informed decisions
As one of 15 Iowa Community College Districts sanctioned by the Iowa Legislature in 1966, Indian Hills operates under a broad doctrine called the Institutional Purpose Statement. This doctrine is mandated by the Code of Iowa, Chapter 260C. The code identifies the nature, scope, and intended constituents of the programs and services the College provides. The College’s Mission and supporting documents align with the responsibilities outlined in the code, which states as follows:
It is hereby declared to be the policy of the state of Iowa and the purpose of this chapter to provide for the establishment of not more than fifteen areas which shall include all of the area of the state and which may operate community colleges offering to the greatest extent possible, educational opportunities and services in each of the following, when applicable, but not necessarily limited to:
- The first two years of college work, including pre-professional education.
- Career and technical training.
- Programs for in-service training and retraining of workers.
- Programs for high school completion for students of all ages.
- Programs for all students of high school age who may best serve themselves by enrolling for career and technical training while also enrolled in a local high school, public or private.
- Programs for students of high school age to provide advanced college placement courses not taught at a student’s high school while the student is also enrolled in the high school.
- Student personnel services.
- Community services.
- Career and technical education for persons who have academic, socioeconomic or other disabilities which prevent succeeding in regular career education programs.
- Training, retraining and all necessary preparation for productive employment of all citizens.
- Career and technical training for persons who are not enrolled in a high school and who have not completed high school.
- Developmental education for persons who are academically or personally underprepared to succeed in their program of study.
What is now known as Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) was established as Merged Area XV by the Iowa Board of Public Instruction on June 3, 1966. The college began operations on July 1, 1966, at the Ottumwa Regional Airport under the governance of a nine-member board of trustees. Then known as Iowa Tech-Area XV Community College, the college conducted technical programs that included those formerly operated by the Ottumwa Community School District. The newly-renovated North Campus (formerly known as the “Airport Campus”) is where the college’s Aviation Maintenance Technology, Aviation Pilot Training, Avionics, Welding Technology, Commercial Driver Training and Automotive Collision Technology programs are taught. The campus covers 215 acres and is located seven miles northwest of Ottumwa.
On July 1, 1968, the Merged Area Board assumed responsibilities for operations of Centerville Junior College, which had been established by the Centerville Community School Board in 1930.
The Centerville Campus was completed in 1970 on a 72-acre site in the northwest part of the community. Offerings include Arts and Sciences courses and several technical programs, including Construction Technology and Mechanical Design Technology. Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing instruction is also available at the Centerville Campus.
A new residence hall opened in 2000 on the Centerville Campus, giving that campus its first on-campus student housing unit.
Appanoose County philanthropist Morgan E. Cline has made a generous donation of $500,000 that will facilitate the creation of what will be known as the Morgan E. Cline School of Sustainable Agriculture on the Centerville Campus. The complex will include a greenhouse, welcome center, processing center and educational space and the project is expected to catapult Indian Hills and the Centerville community to the forefront of food production in the Midwest.
Indian Hills Community College
Merged Area XV Community College adopted the name “Indian Hills Community College” in 1970. Dr. Mel Everingham, who was named president of Merged Area XV Community College two years before, stayed on as the first president of Indian Hills Community College. A historical pavilion, containing photographs and other memorabilia and named for Dr. Everingham, was added in the Advanced Technology Center in 2004.
Dr. Lyle Hellyer became the college’s president in 1973 and would remain in that position until his retirement in 2001. Dr. Jim Lindenmayer became the college’s third president following Dr. Hellyer’s retirement. Dr. Lindenmayer retired in 2013. He was succeeded by Dr. Marlene Sprouse in November of 2013.
The boards of Indian Hills Community College and Ottumwa Heights College merged operations on July 1, 1979. Ottumwa Heights was a private college operated by the Sisters of Humility of Mary. Its roots can be traced back to the 1860s, when the Visitation Academy was established in Ottumwa. The St. Joseph Academy was founded in 1925, and its name was changed to Ottumwa Heights College five years later.
The Ottumwa Heights College campus was situated on 126 acres and was purchased by the Indian Hills Community College Board of Trustees in 1981, becoming the IHCC Ottumwa Campus. The original building is used for administrative offices, the library, an art gallery, an auditorium, dormitory space, arts and sciences classrooms and instructors’ offices. The library and art gallery were completed when the former chapel was renovated in 1984.
Ottumwa Campus Development
A number of facilities have since been constructed on the Ottumwa Campus, which now serves as the college’s main campus. The Hellyer Student Life Center and Efner Academic Hall opened in October of 1985, the first of the new buildings added to the former Ottumwa Heights facilities. The Hellyer Center provides excellent recreational facilities for Indian Hills and the Ottumwa community.
The Advanced Technology Center was completed in the fall of 1990. The 125,000-square-foot building houses the college’s many technical programs as well as offices for the Regional Economic Advancement team.
A new dormitory, Trustee Hall, opened in the summer of 1992. The Early Childhood Development and Day Care Center was completed two years later to provide quality child care services for the community. The building is also a teaching site for students enrolled in the IHCC Early Childhood Development programs.
As the college continued to expand, a Video Conferencing and Training Center opened in 1996. It provides interactive fiber-optic connectivity to all points on the Iowa Communications Network (ICN), government agencies in Kansas City and Washington, D.C., and to Indian Hills’ eight county service centers. The building was renamed the Rosenman Video Conference Training Center, for Indian Hills benefactors Eli and Bea Rosenman, in 2005.
The Tom Arnold Net Center, built in 1997, provides year-round practice facilities for cross country, golf, soccer, softball and volleyball. A major renovation of that building in 2014 added coaches’ offices, locker rooms, a training room and a new exterior look.
In addition to the recreational facilities at the Hellyer Center and Net Center, the college also has an 18-hole disc golf course on the Main Campus that is used by students and community members.
In the winter of 2002, Indian Hills began a project to update and renovate the Keokuk/Mahaska, Wapello and Appanoose residence halls. The reconstruction project was completed in 2004. IHCC students now have a variety of on-campus housing options ranging from a one-person room to a three-, four-, or five-person suite. The other residence halls on campus, Oak Hall and Trustee Hall, offer a more traditional atmosphere with two students per room.
The Bennett Student Services Center, constructed in 1987, was renovated in 2001. The building, which was constructed as the Economic Development Center and later became the Bennett Regional Training Center, provides many of the student services for Indian Hills students. Offices for admissions and recruiting, academic advising and counseling services, the Registrar, veterans services, financial aid and the college bookstore are all located under one roof at the Bennett Center.
The Rural Health Education Center opened in May of 2007 on the Ottumwa Campus as a classroom and laboratory building for the college’s many health programs, as well as a conference and meeting facility for area health care organizations.
Although no new buildings have been added in recent years, the college has continued to update the existing facilities with renovations in almost every single building over the past couple of years.
Indian Hills Community College has grown to meet the changing needs of the residents in the 10-county area the college serves. The college staff members, administration, and board of trustees are committed to providing high quality educational opportunities through the Indian Hills programs and facilities.
||Ottumwa Heights Academy established at the present site of Indian Hills Community College— Ottumwa Campus
||Centerville Junior College established
||Ottumwa Heights Campus destroyed by fire
||New Ottumwa Heights Campus opened on Grandview Avenue in Ottumwa at the site of the original campus
||Iowa Tech established
||Iowa Legislature enacted legislation permitting the development of 15 Iowa community college districts
Merged Area XV Community College formed; located at Ottumwa Airport Campus
Iowa Tech became part of Merged Area XV Community College
Dr. Mel Everingham named president of Merged Area XV Community College
||Centerville Junior College became part of Merged Area XV Community College
||Merged Area XV Community College adopted the name “Indian Hills Community College”
||Correspondent status granted by North Central Association
||Dr. Lyle Hellyer named the second president of Indian Hills Community College
Candidate for Accreditation status granted by NCA
||Accredited status granted by NCA
||Indian Hills Community College and Ottumwa Heights College merged
||Indian Hills Community College purchased Ottumwa Heights College
||Continued Accreditation granted by NCA
||New Art Gallery and Learning Resources Center opened at the Ottumwa Campus
||Hellyer Student Life Center opened
Efner Academic Hall opened
||Computer Center opened at Ottumwa campus
Economic Development Center opened
||Maintenance and Horticulture Center opened
||Continued Accreditation granted by NCA
Centerville Maintenance facility constructed
Marge Dodd Stage donated by Area Arts Council
||Centerville Administration building opened
Advanced Technology Center opened
||Economic Development Center renamed Regional Training Center
||Trustee Hall Dormitory/Student Union/Bookstore opened
Hellyer Student Life Center locker room addition completed
||Early Childhood Development and Day Care Center opened
Ottumwa athletic complex constructed
||Video Conferencing and Training Center opened
Appanoose County Day Care Center opened on the Centerville campus
First of eight County Service Centers opened
||Tom Arnold Net Center opened
||Completion of County Service Centers
||Oak Hall and Centerville dormitories opened
||Dr. Jim Lindenmayer named third president of Indian Hills Community College
||Iowa Bioprocess Training Center in Eddyville opened
||Everingham Pavilion added at Advanced Technology Center
Renovation of Appanoose, Wapello and Keokuk/Mahaska dormitories completed
||VCTC renamed Rosenman Video Conference Training Center
||Rural Health Education Center opened
||Renovation of North Campus completed
Addition of dining facility at Advanced Technology Center
||Regional Economic Advancement facilities added to Advanced Technology Center
Soccer Field added to Main Campus athletic complex
||Dr. Marlene Sprouse named fourth President of Indian Hills Community College
||Renovation of Pothoven Academic SUCCESS Center completed
Renovation of Tom Arnold Net Center completed
Dedication of the Morgan E. Cline School of Sustainable Agriculture on the Centerville Campus
Dedication of the Regional Entrepreneurship Center on the North Campus
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that receives contributions to provide academic scholarships. All students enrolling at Indian Hills are eligible to apply for these scholarships. The Foundation receives tremendous support within the 10-county service area. For the past nine years, nearly all of Indian Hills’ full-time employees have contributed to the scholarship fund. Hundreds of area businesses, organizations, industries and citizens also contribute each year. In recent years, the Foundation has received an increased number of trusts and memorials. Approximately 17,500 scholarships have been awarded to Indian Hills Community College students since 1975. Last year, students at IHCC received nearly $1.2 million in Foundation scholarships.
Indian Hills Community College is a public postsecondary institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA), 230 South LaSalle St. Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (800) 621-7440, www.higherlearningcommission.org. IHCC is also accredited by the Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146, (515) 281-8260. IHCC programs are approved by the Division of Veterans and Military Education, Iowa Department of Education, for veterans education benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
In addition, numerous IHCC programs are accredited and several others are seeking accreditation:
- The Health Information Technology program, Associate of Applied Science Degree, at Indian Hills Community College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). www.CAHIIM.org 233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2150, Chicago, IL 60601-5800, (312) 233-1100.
- The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 706-3245. The commission’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and their website is www.capteonline.org.
- The Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300; email@example.com
- The Nursing programs are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, Riverpoint Business Park, 400 SW Eighth St. Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309-4685, (515) 281-3255.
- The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and Paramedic programs are authorized as an Iowa EMS Training Program by the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services, Lucas State Office Building, 321 East 12th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309, (800) 728-3367.
- The Indian Hills Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 210-2350; www.caahep.org
- The Therapeutic Massage program is approved by the Iowa Board of Massage Therapy Examiners, Lucas State Office Building, 321 E. 12th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319 (515) 281-6959 and the Board of Therapeutic Massage, 3605 Missouri Boulevard, P.O. Box 1335, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335, (573) 522-6277.
- IHCC programs in Automotive Technology, Diesel Power Systems Technology and Automotive Collision Technology are certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, 13505 Dulles Technology Drive Suite 2, Herndon, VA 20171-3421, (703) 713-0100.
- IHCC is a Federal Aviation Administration-approved aviation training facility; the Aviation Pilot Training program is Part 141 approved, while the Aviation Maintenance Technology program is Part 147 approved. The FAA may be contacted at 6500 S. MacArthur Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73169, (405) 954-0138.
- The Culinary Arts program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095, (800) 624-9458.
- The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, (301) 652-2682. Their website is www.acoteonline.org.
- The Early Childhood Associate program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L. Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 232-8777.
- The Clinical Laboratory Assistant program is approved through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, (773) 714-8880. firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, (773) 714-8880. email@example.com
- The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Commission is a specialized body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 211 East Chicago Avenue; Chicago, IL 60611. (312) 440-4653, http://www.ada.org
- The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and has been granted the accreditation status of “initial accreditation.” The Commission (CODA) is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission (CODA) can be contacted at (312) 440-2500 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611. www.ADA.org.