Skill–Building Courses

ClassroomSkill–Building courses are available through the Indian Hills Academic Success Center on both the Ottumwa and Centerville campuses. these courses are designed to increase your confidence and abilities in subjects where you may need some extra help, whether you are preparing to enter one of our academic programs or are already taking courses.

Courses are offered to help you improve your reading, writing, and math. We also have courses for speed–reading, orientation to college, study skills, preparation for advanced mathematics, comprehensive writing skills, English as a Second Language (ESL), and many other areas.

The COMPASS test can help measure your skill levels in reading, writing, and math, giving you the information you need when deciding whether you are ready for an advanced course or need to refresh your knowledge by taking a Skill–Building course. The COMPASS test is provided as a free service and can be taken at the Ottumwa and Centerville campuses, or at any of the eight County Service Centers. More information about the COMPASS test is provided as part of the Indian Hills Admission Process or you may contact the Testing Center.

Course Offerings

To find specific Skill–Building courses offered this term, use our Search for Courses tool.

English Language Learning Center (ELL)

It is our pleasure to announce that we now have an English Language Learning Center. It is located in LRCO 200, above the Library, and adjacent to the Children’s Area. Community English and Academic ESL classes are now part of the Learning Services Department. In addition to these classes, we are offering walk-in tutoring. Tutoring is available for all students for whom English is a second language, whether or not they are enrolled in ESL classes. For information regarding ELL, please contact:

Name: Edith Cabrera-Tello, ELL Coordinator
Phone: (641) 683-5279 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5279

Name: Heather Pozarycki, ELL Assistant
Phone: (641) 683-5210 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5210



Academic Success Center
Ottumwa Campus:
phone: (641) 683-5238 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5238
Centerville Campus:
phone: (641) 856-2143, ext. 2232 or (800) 670-3641, ext. 2232

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