High School Programs

Attention all High School Students! How would you like to get a head-start on your college education and save money on those credits all while in High School?  Indian Hills has what you need!! 

Grab this opportunity NOW with the Life. Changing. High School Programs at Indian Hills Community College!

Students can choose to complete college classes through Indian Hills Community College while still in High School. Taking these classes can lead to a diploma, a career/technical degree, an Associate of Arts or credits that can be used towards a four-year college degree. Let us help you with your Life.Changing. Goals!

Get a Life. Changing. head-start at Indian Hills

  • Earn college and high school credits – at the same time!
  • Take courses not offered by your school
  • Get ready for a technical or vocational career
  • Save money on college credit courses
  • Prepare yourself for the transition to college

Indian Hills High School Programs are part of an emerging dynamic partnership between IHCC and area high schools. High school students, who qualify, are able to earn high school and college credit by enrolling in courses taught in their com­munity or on an Indian Hills campus.

These college credit courses are offered at no charge to the student. Arts and Sciences as well as career-focused Technical and Health Occupa­tions courses are included in the program. Different courses are offered at the various high schools located in the Indian hills Community College district.

Concurrent Enrollment

Students participating in concurrent enrollment courses are enrolled at their high school and taking IHCC courses - simultaneously.  You will earn credits for high school graduation and college credit at the same time!


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.


Concurrent Enrollment class tuition is covered by your high school.  Books may also be provided by your high school for use during class.  You and your family are responsible for the cost of transportation to and from class, field trips and other out-of-class activities.

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 and any costs there might be.

Step 2 – Fill out our Indian Hills College Study Enrollment form and get your parent's, principal's and guidance counselor's signatures.

Step 3 – Submit that form and get ready for a Life. Changing. experience!


Indian Hills High School Programs

Indian Hills High School Programs Brochure

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 Life. Changing. 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.

Career Connections and Career Academies will BLOW YOUR MIND! They are available to you at NO CHARGE! Yep, you heard that right, FREE!

AACA - Albia Area Career Academy Flyer
CAWA - Cardinal Area Welding Academy Flyer
FACA - Fairfield Area Career Academy Flayer
IHWA - Indian Hills Welding Academy Flyer
KCCA - Keokuk County Career Academy Flyer
MCCA - Mahaska County Cary Academy Flyer
MCWA - Mahaska County Welding Academy Flyer
RACA - Rathbun Area Career Academy Flyer
WCCA - Wayne Community Career Academy Flyer

Agriculture & Landscape Career Academy at Indian Hills College: Program Details
Agriculture & Landscape Career Academy at Indian Hills College: Information Card

Career Academy Instructor Directory

Students who enroll in career-focused classes take Academy courses either in the morning or afternoon and attend their high school classes during the opposite time block.


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 the Keokuk County & Mahaska County Career Academies for the Career Academy Adult Program (CAAP).


Learn more here



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


Making the Transition to College with Jump Start

Getting ready for college? Take one of our Jump Start summer classes to see what a college course is like, plus earn some credits toward your degree. It’s a win-win!

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!

RISE Visit Day - November 9th

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
Email: Madison.Henderson@indianhills.edu 



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


Questions? Don't stress. Just ask away!

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
Email: Cammie.Richards@indianhills.edu 



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
Email: Donna.Keesling@indianhills.edu 



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
Email: Nathan.Miller@IndianHills.edu



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
Email: Nichole.Lohmann@indianhills.edu



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
Email: Leslie.Orman@IndianHills.edu