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North Iowa Area Community College believes that education, which has as its overriding goal the optimum development of all human potential, is the foundation of a democratic society.

Mission Statement

The mission of the North Iowa Area Community College is to enhance the quality of life for people of North Iowa through comprehensive educational opportunities, progressive partnerships, exemplary service, and responsive leadership.

Institutional Purposes

Within the human, financial, and physical resources entrusted to the North Iowa Area Community College, the institution strives to achieve the following goals:

    • Enhance the human potential of students by assisting them to acquire the knowledge and tools necessary to understand and enrich their environment and contribute to their communities in a positive way. This becomes manifest through the development of general education skills and abilities.
    • Ensure that all citizens of the North Iowa region, regardless of their educational and socioeconomic backgrounds, geographic placement, or needs for special assistance, have the opportunity and the necessary support to take advantage of post-secondary educational programs and other services offered by the College.
    • Enable individuals to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate program and, upon successful completion, to achieve efficient and effective transfer to senior colleges.
    • Ensure that individuals have opportunities to prepare themselves for employment in occupations in demand in a global society.
    • Ensure that individuals have opportunities to continue learning throughout their lifetimes.
    • Promote a strong economy by engaging in activities which develop and maintain a skilled and educated workforce and which promote and support entrepreneurial activity.
    • Extend the reach of College resources through progressive partnerships with agencies and entities in communities served by the College.
    • Build community by promoting understanding, appreciation, cooperation, and communication among diverse individuals.
    • Instill confidence and pride in all who come into contact with the College by fostering a commitment to excellence in all College endeavors.

(Adopted by the NIACC Board of Directors, May 18, 2000)

Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of North Iowa Area Community College not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or veteran’s status in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code sections 216.9 and 256.10(2), Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C.§§ 1681 – 1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).

Individuals having questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy should contact Shelly Schmit, EEO/AA Officer, 500 College Drive, Mason City, IA  50401 or via telephone at 641-422-4211. Inquires may also be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576.