Connect 2 College


Indian Hills Connect 2 College program is a part of an emerging dynamic partnership between IHCC and area high schools. High school students are able to earn high school and college credit by enrolling in courses taught in their com­munity, on an Indian Hills campus, or online!

Let us help you with your FUTURE ready goals!

  • Get a head start on their college education
  • Earn both high school and college credit at the same time
  • Take courses at no cost to the students or their families

provides opportunity for high school students to enroll part-time in college courses. Courses are offered through an agreement between IHCC and local school districts, and may be offered on either the IHCC campus or at the high school.

CAREER ACADEMY programs bridge high school and community college career/technical education programs .  If the Concurrent Enrollment or Career Academy programs are of interest to you, contact your Guidance Counselor to see if you qualify and learn how to get started.

For more information: Cammie Richards, Director of High School Programs
641-683-5277 | |

Requirements may include:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency determined by the Iowa Assessment for Arts & Science classes. Your Guidance Counselor at the High School can let you know if you qualify!

  2. Meet IHCC ‘s requirements for any placement scores/GPA or prerequisites for Health Science programs.

You are able to take 24 credits within 1 (one) academic school year.


As previously mentioned, you will earn both high school and college credit for courses taken through IHCC.  Your high school will determine how the credits you are taking transfer into your high school requirements.  With successful completion of courses, grades will reflect on your college and high school transcripts.



Ready to Get Started? Here's how:

You’ve explored your options. You found the perfect program – or maybe a few perfect programs. You’re ready to sign up.

Step 1 – Talk to you guidance counselor about the details.

Step 2 – Fill out our Indian Hills College Study Enrollment form and get the appropriate signatures.

Step 3 – Submit that form and get started on your FUTURE ready experience!

Indian Hills High School Programs Manual

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Career Academies

Do you already know what your career or college goal is?  Career Academies are a collaborative effort between your local school district and Indian Hills Community College.  This opportunity gives you the chance to earn your degree at Indian Hills with only one additional year of study in one of the many career technical fields offered! Hang on to your seats, you’re in for a FUTURE ready ride! Here are just a few reasons why this is a great opportunity:

  • Students get a head start in their college education preparing for a rewarding career in a high demand field.
  • Students receive hands-on instruction.
  • Students may earn both high school and college credit at the same time.
  • All courses are offered at no cost to students.

Albia Area Career Academy (Albia)
Albia, Centerville, EBF, Moravia, Seymour

Auto Technology/Diesel Power | Machine Technology

Cardinal Area Welding Academy (Cardinal)
Cardinal, Fairfield, Van Buren


Fairfield Area Career Academy (Fairfield)
Cardinal, Fairfield, Pekin, Van Buren

Business/Finance | Health Science | Industrial Maintenance

IHCC Career Academy (IHCC Ottumwa)
Cardinal, Davis County, EBF, Ottumwa, Pekin, Sigourney

Agriculture & Landscape | Computer Science
Culinary Arts | Lasers/Robotics/Electronics | Welding

Keokuk County Career Academy (Sigourney)
Keota, Pekin, Sigourney, Tri-County

Health Science | Machine Technology | Precision Agriculture | Welding

Mahaska County Career Academy (Oskaloosa)
EBF, North Mahaska, Oskaloosa

Computer Science | Health Science

Mahaska County Welding Academy (North Mahaska, Oskaloosa)
North Mahaska, Oskaloosa


Rathbun Area Career Academy (Centerville)
Albia, Centerville, Davis County, Moravia, Moulton-Udell,
Seymour, Wayne

Health Science | Sustainable Agriculture

Wayne Community Career Academy (Wayne)
Chariton, Seymour, Wayne

Health Science

Career Academy Instructor Directory


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Career Academy Adult Program

Are you interested in advancing in your current occupation or in gaining new skills to join the workforce? In an effort to connect adult learners with career and technical-focused education, Indian Hills is opening the doors of our Academies for the Career Academy Adult Program (CAAP).

PLTW - Project Lead the Way

Do you like problem solving? Interested in STEM? Maybe you already dream of becoming an engineer? This is the program for you.

It's collaborative. It's creative. It's critical thinking. And it's all centered on the most vital fields of learning and essential professions needed in the world today and tomorrow. What educators call STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It's PLTW classroom - aka Innovation Zone. Step through the door, and you'll experience an approach to learning that fuels imaginative thinking, creative problem solving, and innovative solutions - just the kinds of skills that will help you succeed in your education and beyond.

Get Connected

Career tours! Job shadows! Internships! Your perfect career is out there, and we’ll help you find it. Check out Get Connected to explore career opportunities before you get to college and declare your major.

Learn more here


Questions? Connect 2 US!  Just ask!

We’ve got the answers you need. So go ahead. Give us a call.  Send us an email.  It’s what we’re here for.

 cammie_richardsCammie Richards, Director, High School Programs
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5277 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5277



keesling_profileDonna Keesling, Coordinator High School Programs
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5202 or (800) 726-2585 ext. 5202



miller_profileNathan Miller, Work-Based Learning Specialist
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5309 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5309



Nichole LohmannNichole Lohmann, Work Based Learning Specialist
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5239 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5239



orman_profileLeslie Orman, Administrative Assistant, High School Programs
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5125 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5125



To Apply:     Contact the Admissions Office for more information

High School Alternative Programs

Struggling in high school? Maybe you just need a different program to get back in the game. Earn credits toward your high school diploma, finish high school with independent classes, work toward a GED or try our fifth year/transition program.

  • Credit Recovery: Students in high school can earn credits toward their high school degrees by taking face-to-face courses through Indian Hills (funded by student's school district).
  • High School Completion: Students take correspondence courses through Indian Hills, earning credits toward their high school degrees.
  • Alternative Learning Program: Students ages 16-21 may receive assistance in the areas of math, writing, reading, social studies, and science, while working toward earning a GED (Certificate of General Educational Development).
  • Fifth Year or Transition Programs: Designed for high school students with mild to moderate learning disabilities who are seeking a vocational skill or degree.

Find out more about High School Alternative Programs and the Adult Basic Education Center

R.I.S.E. - Raising Individual Student Expectations

So you’ve got a dream career in mind and an IEP. We’ll help you RISE up into the vocation you’re passionate about.

RISE is a vocational program for students requiring additional instruction and training, as written in the Individual Education Plan (IEP). For more information and to apply, please download the RISE Packet below.

RISE Packet


 Don’t forget to check out a RISE Visit Day while you're at it!


Resources for Educators:

 RISE 4+ Guidance and Rubrics

After completing all form fields on the RISE Packet, please print the document and mail it to:

Madison HendersonMadison Henderson, Coordinator, RISE Program
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5111, ext. 1737 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1737



Job Corps

If you’re between 16 and 24 years old, you could enroll for a free education and training program through Job Corps! Learn technical skills, get certified and earn your high school diploma/HSE.

Learn more here