NIACC Joins Consortium to Offer More Online Courses    

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Mason City, IA – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) has joined a state-wide consortium that allows the College an opportunity to provide more online course offerings, a move that College officials say will benefit students.

This new partnership has been finalized in time for fall semester classes, which begin August 25.

NIACC now offers 253 online course sections, which includes 60 new courses that are offered through the Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC). Of those, 59 classes are a combination of online and in the classroom, which is known as hybrid classes.

“Taking college classes online is convenient for those students who have busy schedules, work or family obligations and for those who cannot commute to campus.”  And “Students tell us they want more online offerings,” said Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Donna Orton.

Instructors teaching ICCOC online courses will be at one of the other partner colleges. Students register for the courses at NIACC and they are considered to be NIACC courses, counting towards their degrees or certificates.

Online classes are perfect for high school students who want to earn college credit as well as part-time and full-time students who want some flexibility in their schedule, especially if they don’t live in the area.

For more information, call the NIACC Admissions Office 641-422-4245 or 1-888- GO NIACC, ext. 4245, or apply online at www.niacc.edu. High School students should contact the NIACC School Partnerships Office at 641-422-4177. Fall classes begin at NIACC on August 25th.

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