Iowa Western Community College - Council Bluffs, IA | Iowa Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Iowa Western Community College

School Summary
2700 College Rd
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 325-3200
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Campus Setting:
City: Small
Campus Housing:

About Iowa Western Community College

Iowa Western Community College is located in the city of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Council Bluffs is on the east bank of the Mississippi River. Bayliss Park in downtown Council Bluffs has been recently renovated to include a new fountain and performance pavilion design by sculptor Brower Hatcher. During the summer months, the park hosts weekly activities including concerts and movies free to the public. Council Bluffs is also home to the Chanticleer Community Theater, a non-profit community theater company. Currently the theater presents five shows per season, consisting of three musical productions and two plays. The city also hosts annual events including Autumn in the Bluffs, a season of activities intended to celebrate the art, culture, nature and community of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Events run for three weeks beginning in mid-September, and include a hot air balloon rally, concerts, fireworks, a kite exhibition, Shakespeare in the Park, and hiking and biking tours around the city.

The Council Bluffs campus of IWCC was established in 1966 to help fulfill the need for expansion of the opportunities for higher education in the state of Iowa. The campus began with two vocational-technical programs in 1967. A major development was the addition of a liberal arts curriculum in the fall of 1968. IWCC was initially granted accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1975. Today IWCC is a public two-year institution of higher learning. Instructional services at the Council Bluffs campus include more than 80 applied science and technology programs. In addition, support services are provided in the areas of student services, special needs, and learning resources. The college offers small class size, award-winning faculty, over thirty student clubs and organizations including architectural and art clubs, and an Arts Center that serves as home to theater, dance, art, and music instruction. The Arts Center is considered the premier arts facility in Southwest Iowa, offering both student productions and a national touring season.

IWCC offers a two-year AAS degree program in architectural engineering technology. Students study computer-aided drafting, estimating and architectural drafting. Additional courses in architectural history, construction methods and mechanical electrical systems help round out the student's knowledge base. Students in this program are required to complete some general education requirements including at least two advanced mathematics courses. Major courses include computer-aided and architectural drafting, construction materials and inspection, construction methods and management, estimating, fluid mechanics, surveying, mechanical and electrical systems, and an architectural design project. The design project is the capstone course of the program, requiring students to develop a residential or commercial project from initial conception to final design. Students may also participate in an architectural internship with permission from the program chair.

IWCC and the Iowa Western Foundation work to assist students with access to scholarship sources. IWCC awards over 350 scholarships totaling over $1 million each year. IWCC has many scholarship opportunities available for new and continuing students including Foundation Scholarships and the Presidential Scholarships Awards. Upon completion of a single scholarship application, students are typically considered for all available scholarships.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,