High School Programs

If you are a high school student, then you may be able to earn college credit while still in high school! Students who qualify may take college-level courses and earn credit toward their high school graduation and a college degree. Indian Hills also offers a number of high school alternative programs, as well as services to help you make the transition to college life. Explore the options below to find the ones that are right for you!

High School Programs
High School Programs Manual

Get the edge you need...

  • Earn both high school and college credit — at the same time
  • Get a head start on your college degree
  • Take courses not offered by your high school
  • Prepare for a technical or vocational career
  • Ease your transition by getting a taste of college-level work
  • Earn college credit for less than standard tuition rates

“How do I get started?”

Take a look at the programs below and talk to your high school guidance counselor for details and the costs involved with each option. Then, complete and submit the Indian Hills “College Study Enrollment Form” (available from your guidance counselor). You will need signatures from your parent, principal, and guidance counselor.

If you are planning to attend a college other than Indian Hills, then you need to ensure that your credits will transfer. Call the Admissions Office of that school for more information. The Transfer in Iowa website is another helpful resource, if you are planning to attend any of Iowa's community colleges or Regent universities.

Karen Swanson

Our High School Programs Director shares the many opportunities that Indian Hills offers high school students.

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Courses Taught at Area High Schools

Indian Hills offers a number of college-level courses at area high schools.
View the IHCC Courses Taught at Area High Schools

Career Connections/Career Academies

Career Connections is an emerging dynamic partnership between Indian Hills Community College and area high schools. High school juniors and seniors are able to earn college credit by enrolling in courses taught in their community or on an Indian Hills campus. Career Connections features career-focused college credit courses offered at no charge to students or their families. Download the information below to find out more.

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

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 Communicy Career Academy Flyer

Career Academy Instructor Directory

Career Academy Adult Program (CAAP)

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). Find out more >>

Get Connected

High School Students: Test drive careers through the opportunities offered by Indian Hills Community College and Get Connected! Tours, job shadows, and internships are all options available to assist you in discovering your perfect, future career. Don’t wait until college to find the right career path. Start career exploration now with the services offered through Get Connected! Find out more >>

Area Businesses and Schools: Find out how to partner with Indian Hills to provide opportunities to local high school students - training the workforce of tomorrow. Find out more >>

View our Flier | Sign-up Today (Businesses) | Sign-up Today (School Districts)


Career Pathways

Career Pathways at Indian Hills offers high school students the opportunity to start defining and working toward their college and career goals while still in high school. It provides a seamless pathway from high school to college, connecting students to their futures, today. Indian Hills has worked with each school district to design detailed plans enabling students to begin earning specific Indian Hills degrees. These plans map out the courses students need from their high schools and Indian Hills — in some cases earning college credit, even before graduating. Get a head start on your future — ask your high school guidance counselor about Career Pathways!

Project Lead the Way

Are you a problem solver? Do you take things apart to see how they work? A career in engineering may be a great fit for you! Find out more about our Pre-Engineering and Engineering Technology programs, while earning college credit.

RISE: Raising Individual Student Expectations

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.

After completing all form fields, please print the document and mail it to:
Madison Henderson, 525 Grandview Avenue, Ottumwa, IA 52501.
Phone: (641) 683-5111, ext. 1737 | Email:

RISE Packet

RISE Visit Days

RISE Visit Day - March 30, 2017

Job Corps

Students aged 16 to 24 years may be eligible to enroll in the Job Corps program. Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people gain technical skills, earn certifications, earn a high school diploma or HSE, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people, Job Corps provides the all–around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life. This program assists with the cost of the student's education and personal expenses while he or she is enrolled and successfully completing the chosen program of study. Some students may be eligible to complete one of the 28 college programs offered through Indian Hills Community College. Details are available online at www.jobcorps.gov or at 800-733-JOBS or 800-733-5627.

Approved Programs

Making the Transition to College

studentsTake advantage of these other services designed to help you make a smooth transition from high school to college.

High School Alternative Programs

If you are or were struggling in high school and are off track, then these options, offered by the Adult Basic Education Center, may be just what you need to move forward in achieving your educational goals.

  • 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 >>

Need To Request a Transcript?

To request an official transcript, please click here. You will be transferred to the Student Clearinghouse, who will then process your order.


Karen Swanson, Director High School Programs
email: Karen.Swanson@indianhills.edu
phone: (641) 683-5277 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5277

Donna Keesling, Coordinator High School Programs
email: Donna.Keesling@indianhills.edu
phone: (641) 683-5202 or (800) 726-2585 ext. 5202

Nathan Miller, Work Based Learning Specialist
email: Nathan.Miller@indianhills.edu
phone: (641) 683-5309 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5309

Nichole Lohmann, Work Based Learning Specialist
phone: (641) 683-5239 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5239

Leslie Orman, Administrative Assistant, High School Programs
email: Leslie.Orman@indianhills.edu
phone: (641) 683-5125 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5125

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