Jun 24, 2024  
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024 
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Services

Indian Hills Community College offers a variety of classes and services to assist students in reaching their education and career goals. Academic Services include:

SUCCESS Center Classes

SUCCESS=Skill Upgrading for College and Careers Ensuring Student Success. Skill Building courses are available through the IHCC SUCCESS Centers, with Centers located on both the Ottumwa and Centerville campuses. Courses are designed to prepare students for entry into a program or to support their instruction while enrolled in a program or college class. Courses are offered in the basic skills of reading, writing and math, and also include instruction in study skills, preparation for advanced mathematics, comprehensive writing skills, English as a Second Language and many other areas. Students work with instructors in the SUCCESS Center and may also work with peer and professional tutors.

Peer and professional tutors are available to students in many but not all specialized subject areas. Tutors are available at no charge to the student, but tutoring is limited to the availability of tutors. The SUCCESS Center does not guarantee that tutors can be arranged for every subject area. Tutoring sessions are arranged day and evening and may be arranged in group or individual sessions.

Credit Exchange provides an opportunity for those students experiencing academic difficulty in a course. From the ninth day of the term through the 28th day of the term, students can withdraw from a transfer or technical credit course and enroll in an equal number of SUCCESS Center credits with no additional tuition charge. Students may exchange a maximum of six credits per term. The purpose of the program is to allow students to acquire the skills needed to pass a transfer or technical credit course without a penalty. Contact the SUCCESS Center or an academic advisor for more information. Credit exchange is not available during the summer terms.

The Ottumwa and Centerville Centers each contain computer labs for general use by IHCC students.

On the Main Campus, the Pothoven Academic SUCCESS Center is housed in the Arts and Sciences Wing and may be reached by calling (641) 683-5238. The Centerville SUCCESS Center can be reached by calling(641) 856-2143, ext. 2214. The SUCCESS Centers may be contacted by email at [email protected].

Services for Students with Disabilities

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact the IHCC Disability Services office for assistance. Services are available to students who need classroom accommodations, interpreters and/or specialized equipment.

Students who are requesting accommodations must document their disability by providing a written statement signed by a school counselor, physician, psychologist or other health care professional. Statements must include: (a) a description of the disability, (b) a statement of how the disability prohibits one or more major life activities and is a barrier to the student’s full participation in the program, and (c) a description of the specific accommodations to be provided. (Requested accommodations must be related to the individual’s specific disability.)

All requests for accommodations should be made prior to enrollment.

Students should make their requests for accommodations to the Disability Services office at the time they are applying for admission and, preferably, no later than six weeks prior to the beginning of each academic term. All student requests are dealt with in a confidential manner. Students should contact Disability Services by calling (641) 683-5749 (Ottumwa) or (641) 856-2143, ext. 2224 (Centerville) or by email at [email protected].


RISE stands for Raising Individual Student Expectations. It is a 4+ transition program designed for secondary students who have been receiving special education services, based on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), while in high school. Referral to RISE is an IEP team decision. Continued educational support and specially designed instruction provide students with the opportunity to develop career specific skills and fulfill unmet transition needs, as outlined on the IEP. Student conduct rules are structured to provide respect and protection to the rights and welfare of all students. While RISE students must adhere to the IHCC Code of Conduct, the IEP team may make the final decision about suspension and dismissal without meeting with the IHCC Student Discipline Administrator. Participation in this program may lead to a variety of outcomes including completing an instructional program to earn a certificate, diploma or an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree. 


Centralized library facilities are located at the Ottumwa and Centerville campuses. Each library offers comprehensive services and collections to support the information needs of students, staff and community patrons.

Access to the library collection is available via the college’s website at www.indianhills.edu/libraries. Full-text periodical indexes are also available via the library web page.

You may contact the library by calling (800) 726-2585, ext. 5199 (Ottumwa), or (800) 670-3641, ext. 2237 (Centerville).

Student Support Services

The Student Support Services program (SSS) is a federally funded TRIO program that provides free services and ongoing support to help students complete a college degree.  SSS provides counseling/advising services, academic support, assistance with financial aid, and assistance with transferring to four-year colleges and universities.  Interested students must apply for admission to the program and meet at least one creiteria: 1) be a first-generation student, 2) have a low income, and/or 3) have a documented disability.  Applications are available on the IHCC Student Support Services webpage or by calling (800)726-2585, ext 5246 or by email at [email protected].

Educational Opportunity Center

The target audience for the Educational Opportunity Center is non-traditional students age 19 and older who are low income and first-generation college students. Services provided include assistance with completion of financial aid applications, admissions applications, academic advising and career counseling. The Educational Opportunity Center serves residents of 22 counties: Appanoose, Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Mahaska, Monroe, Van Buren, Wapello and Wayne counties in Iowa and Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Putnam, Scotland, Schuyler and Sullivan counties in Missouri. To apply for services, call (800) 726-2585, ext. 5315, or (641) 683-5315 or email [email protected].

County Service Centers

Indian Hills Community College operates five education centers located in county seat communities served by the college. The county service centers provide opportunities for students to take courses and earn credit toward a degree without leaving their own communities. The centers offer a wide selection of both credit and non-credit courses. Students may register for courses, consult an academic advisor and take career and academic assessments at the centers. Students may take ACCUPLACER tests at any of the four service centers. To schedule an appointment for ACCUPLACER at a county service center, contact the center where you would like to take the test.  Contact a service center by email at [email protected].

The county service centers are:

  • Jefferson County Center - 112 S. Court, Fairfield, IA 52556
    (800) 726-2585, ext. 1951, (641) 472-6366,
    FAX (641) 472-1504
  • Keokuk County Center - 909 E. Pleasant Valley, Sigourney, IA 52591
    (800) 726-2585, ext. 1961, (641) 622-3385,
    FAX (641) 622-3273
  • Monroe County Center - 322 C Avenue East, Albia, IA 52531
    (800) 726-2585, ext. 1901, (641) 932-5297,
    FAX (641) 932-7085
  • William Penn Center - 1710 N. Market, Oskaloosa, IA 52577
    (800) 726-2585, ext. 1971, (641) 673-0824,
    FAX (641) 673-5451

Online Courses

Indian Hills offers many fully online courses and hybrid courses (courses that meet both online and on-campus). On-campus courses also use the Internet as a convenient means to submit assignments, receive handouts, interact with instructors and take tests.

The following programs may be completed entirely online:

  • Associate of Arts (AA degree)
  • Aviation Ground School
  • Health Information Technology (AAS degree)
  • Health Unit Coordinator (diploma)
  • Healthcare Documentation Specialist (diploma)
  • Medical Insurance Coding (certificate)

In addition to these programs, many general education, technical, nursing and skill-building courses are currently offered online. More online courses are continually being developed.

Online courses carry the same credit hours and course numbers as their traditional classroom counterparts. Tuition is the same as for all other college credit courses. A technology fee is also required.

Online courses at Indian Hills are delivered through the college’s learning management system, which is called “MyHills.” More information concerning online learning at Indian Hills may be found at www.indianhills.edu/online. Questions concerning specific online courses or programs should be directed to the appropriate academic department.

Testing Centers

The IHCC Testing Centers offer a variety of tests. Testing services are available to current students and to the general public. IHCC Testing Centers also provide testing services to businesses and industries throughout the area.

Services Available

Testing services include college entrance tests (ACT and ACCUPLACER), CLEP (College Level Examination Program), and TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).  The ACCUPLACER assesses reading, writing and math skills. ACCUPLACER and ACT scores are used for academic advising and to determine admission to Health Sciences and other college programs.

Testing for professional or occupational certification is available. Tests available include: aviation testing, chemical testing, computer certification tests, CNA (certified nursing assistant), cosmetology, dental testing, EMS/EMT (emergency medical technician) and pharmacy technician. Other tests are available upon request. ACCUPLACER tests are available at IHCC Testing Centers.

VUE Testing for information technology, emergency services and many other career fields are available at the Testing Center on the Main Campus. For a complete list or to register for a test, go to www.vue.com.

Testing Centers Contact Information

For a complete schedule of all IHCC testing services in the area, please call (641) 683-5142, or send an email to [email protected].

The Ottumwa Testing Center is located on the Main Campus in Trustee Hall. The center is open Monday through Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The hours listed may change during regularly scheduled college breaks.

In Centerville, the Testing Center is located in the SUCCESS Center. The Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (641) 856-2143 x 2214.

English Language Learners

Indian Hills provides assistance in oral and written communication skills to students for whom English is not their native language. Community ELL Classes, tutoring and one-to-one assistance are available. Non-transferable courses to develop and improve basic English skills are available for credit at the regular tuition rate. Students should contact the IHCC English Language Learning Center, (641) 683-5210.

Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency Diploma Programs

This program is for students who need to earn a high school equivalency diploma. The offices for the program are located at the Ottumwa North campus. Classes are scheduled on campus and at locations throughout the 10 counties of Area 15. Classes are available in Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency Diploma. For more information, interested persons may visit the Community Education Center located on the Indian Hills North Campus or contact the ABE Coordinator at (641) 683-5189 or at [email protected].