"With global vision and innovative curriculum, Kirkwood is redefining the role of the community college."
Kirkwood truly redefines the idea of "community college." An expansive campus built on 680 acres, the nation’s only student-operated hotel/restaurant at a community college, a 400-acre working farm, groundbreaking programs in Geographic Information Systems, Biotechnology, Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication and Web Technologies, and the Midwest’s premier equestrian facility are just a few of the notable things you’ll find at Kirkwood.
INNOVATION Starts Here.
- 680 acres
- 27 buildings = 1.1 million square feet of interior learning space.
- 15-acre athletic complex
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center: Our upscale 71-room hotel, complete with an elegant gourmet restaurant, will be operated almost entirely by our Hospitality and Culinary Arts students. Once complete in the summer of 2010, this Center of Excellence will be the nation’s only such facility at a two-year school, and our students will earn valuable real world experience right on campus.
Linn Hall Simulation Lab: Our health care students receive hands-on experience in crisis situations in the $3.6 million emergency medicine simulation lab, added to Linn Hall in 2008.
Jones County Regional Education Center: Eight local school districts, the city of Monticello, the Welter family and Kirkwood Community College partnered to support rural students and sustain a viable, educated workforce through the Jones County Regional Education Center. Set to open in the fall of 2009, the 30,000 square foot center will house state-of-the-art classrooms and vocational labs for academic programs and administrative offices.
Benton/Cedar Academic Wing: The $14 million academic wing added 90,000 square-feet of classrooms and offices for our English, KCELT, Institutional Effectiveness, Learning Services and Social Science departments.
Kirkwood Center for Continuing Education: The Kirkwood Center for Continuing Education blends technology with "green" architecture to create a premier learning environment. The beautifully-appointed and creatively-designed interior complements its state-of-the-art instructional design, creating the flexibility desired for conferences, retreats, seminars, meetings or other special events.
Horticulture/Floriculture: The 32,000-square-foot Horticulture/Floriculture building features state-of-the-art energy efficiency, including geothermal heating and cooling, fully automated controls, plus a roof system that catches rainwater for use in the greenhouses and landscaping areas. A large student commons area, a small engine lab and an indoor dirt floor used to teach patio building and other outdoor skills in all weather conditions are just a few of the amenities students will find at the complex.
Michael J Gould Kirkwood Recreation Center: Opened in 2004, our 43,500-square-foot recreation center caters to healthy choices in exercise and relaxation. Three full-size athletic courts, a 200-meter walking/jogging track, a weight room, a fitness area featuring dozens of exercise machines, an aerobics/ multipurpose room, plus many fitness and wellness classes make it easy for our students, faculty and staff to stay fit and healthy.
Iowa Equestrian Center: The Midwest’s premier equestrian facility serves a dual purpose: During the week the stables, stalls and arena serve as Kirkwood’s Horse Science classrooms and working laboratory. On the weekends, the center hosts hundreds of prominent regional and national horse shows.
Jones Hall: The center of industrial technology at Kirkwood, Jones Hall received an $8.5 million makeover in 2008, featuring a new precision sheet metal fabrication area. The 30,000 square foot addition also made room for indoor shops for our Carpentry, HVAC and Plumbing programs.
- 120+ programs
- 13 countries visited through Study Abroad.
- More than 60 student clubs and organizations.
- 393 students in Phi Theta Kappa
Most Popular Programs (Fall 2008 enrollment)
- Liberal Arts
- Human Services
- Law Enforcement
- Pre-Business Transfer
- Culinary Arts
- Early Childhood Development
Kirkwood Has That?
- Kirkwood Kids, an onsite daycare center that provides child care for students and staff, as well as a learning laboratory for Early Childhood Development students.
- 6 concerts per year, two featuring nationally-known guest artists.
- Programs ranging from accounting to welding.
- Complete online degrees.
- 2 large-scale theatre productions annually.
- 1 of the only cadaver labs in the state.
- The only Floral Careers program in Iowa.
VISION Starts Here.
- $1.6 million in scholarships awarded annually.
- $6,420* for a college degree.
- 100% of students are eligible to receive financial aid.
* Based on Fall 2008 tuition
An education that’s exceptional, accessible and affordable, is truly visionary.
- Lowest tuition at any community college in Iowa.
- All federal financial aid available.
- Scholarships for everyone.
- Opportunities for full-tuition scholarships, including our Presidential and Leaders for Tomorrow scholarships, as well as more than $1 million in scholarship support from the National Science Foundation.
- 11 locations in a seven-county service area.
- 8 programs you can complete without coming to main campus.
- A local population that is never more than 30 minutes from a college degree.
- A full range of distance learning options, including many degrees available completely online.
PARTNERSHIPS—Mastering the Art of the Possible
"These relationships reinforce our vision to invent, develop and deliver learning solutions for the 21st century."
-- President Mick Starcevich
COMMUNITY TRAINING AND RESPONSE
Emergency Management Starts Here
Kirkwood brings different agencies and entities together in creative problem solving. A shining example of that is the Community Training and Response Center. In 2003, an unprecedented link of city, county, state and federal cooperation joined to build a shared command and training center on the Kirkwood campus. The powerful possibilities of shared decision-making and rapid response to community needs were dramatically proven during the Flood of 2008. For nearly two weeks, hundreds of emergency personnel called the Kirkwood campus home to respond to this unprecedented natural disaster. Local authorities often cited the Kirkwood base of operations as improving response—and saving lives.
Breaking New Ground
Sometimes the partnership possibilities at Kirkwood grew even deeper. We broke new ground—literally—in finding answers to common needs in creative ways. Facilities sharing with AEGON USA, Diamond V Mills, and RuffaloCODY allowed these businesses to remain competitive, find new markets and keep a talented workforce involved in our area. These companies located part or all of their operations on Kirkwood space, with student employment and area economic benefits shared in the wider community.
In other ways, Kirkwood classrooms and other facilities make area and regional learning possible outside the normal bounds of traditional education. Each year nearly a thousand firefighters and other emergency personnel receive updated training through the Central Iowa Training Consortium Fire School and CODE*1 Conference.
Kirkwood, along with a local consortium of economic development professionals, completed an extensive study of area workforce readiness and skill level factors. The Skills 2010 Report cites areas of strength and challenge to future economic strength and business growth in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Technology Corridor. As part of the detailed study, the group presented nine recommendations for development and improvement of the Corridor’s competitive stance in the regional, national and global economies.
THE KIRKWOOD EDGE
College Credit in High School
Each year, thousands of high school students earn college credit from Kirkwood. These courses provide rigorous academic experiences and enhance study levels in dozens of high schools. We see these dual credit classes as mutually beneficial for area districts, Kirkwood and the students. Part of the earning college credit in high school experience are career-focused Career Edge Academies, that get students involved in real-life career learning in labs, on the job and in the classroom.
WORKPLACE LEARNING CONNECTION
Creating a Ripple
To make job and career opportunities real and relevant to area youth, Kirkwood is a partner in the Workplace Learning Connection. This award-winning program arranges job shadows, workplace tours and internships for thousands of students every year. This program is a model for the state and across the nation.
EXPERIENCE Starts Here.
- Over 20,000 annual credit class enrollment.
- 55% female/44% male
- 625 international students from 101 countries.
- All 99 Iowa counties.
- 40 U.S. states represented.
- 26 students - average credit class size.
- 3 National Championships
- 8 National Tournament Appearances
- 8 Region XI Championships
- 1 National Championship
- 8 National Tournament Appearances
- 8 Region XI Championships
- 4 National Tournament Appearances
- 10 All-Americans (7 Academic, 3 Athletic)
- 73 All-Region Selections
- 2 World Series Appearances
- 2 Region XI Championships
- 4 Former Players in Professional Baseball
- 10 National Tournament Appearances
- 5 Region XI Championships
- 1 Individual National Champion
- 1 National Championship
- 7 National Tournament Appearances
- 7 Region XI Championships
Our Community Impact
- The seven-county economy is $752.9 million stronger because of Kirkwood.
- Students’ annual incomes rise by $146 per year for every credit completed at Kirkwood.
- For every $1 students invest in Kirkwood, they will see a cumulative $6.50 in higher future income.
- Kirkwood Continuing Education notes more than 56,000 annual enrollments in classes ranging from crafts and hobbies to small business development.
- The Community Training and Response Center, located on main campus, combines Kirkwood, several local agencies and the Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute to provide a countywide Emergency Operations Center.
- Kirkwood Training Services helps area businesses and industries expand and train new employees. Over the past 25 years, the programs it administers have created more than 20,000 new jobs in eastern Iowa.
19 League for Innovation board members.
1 in Iowa.
- Kirkwood Community College1966