Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) offers Adult Literacy services in 14 different towns in the eight counties closest to Iowa’s Minnesota and Wisconsin borders: Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek. Students may register when they first come to class and can study at an individualized pace with qualified instructors. Assessments given to all students at enrollment, and again after 40 hours of study, can document their learning gains for employers or for personal satisfaction.
Adult Basic Education (ABE) – assists students with limited or “rusty” academic skills in working toward building their academic competency. Tier 1 classes are life-skills focused and are designed for students with learning challenges who want to build on their current abilities. Tier 2 classes are academically oriented and are useful for students who want to improve on skills that could help them in their daily lives or who need help in passing college-entrance, work-related, or GED exams. Tier 3 classes are job oriented and allow students to work on resume writing, interviewing, and personal-presentation skills. ABE classes are available in Calmar, Cresco, Decorah, Dubuque, Dyersville, Manchester (on request), Oelwein, Peosta, and Waukon. Brush-up services are also available to current college students at both campuses and all five centers.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) -- helps newcomers to the English language communicate more easily and helps them feel comfortable in American culture. Basic, intermediate, advanced, and/or multi-level classes are available in Cresco (on request), Decorah, Dubuque, Dyersville, and Postville.
General Educational Development (GED) -- opens doors to higher-paying jobs or college to adults who have not finished high school. The State of Iowa GED diploma certifies that you have reached a level of educational development comparable to that of a high-school graduate. GED tests are available in English, Spanish, large print, or on audiotape, and accommodations can be requested. Online preparation is available to those with appropriate computer skills. Look on our website for English GED class sites in Calmar, Cresco, Decorah, Dubuque, Dyersville, Elkader, Manchester, Monona, New Hampton, Oelwein, Peosta, Postville, Waukon, and West Union. Spanish GED classes are taught in Decorah, Dubuque, Dyersville, and Postville.
Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (IBEST) – works with credit or non-credit healthcare students to help them complete their college courses. An Adult Literacy instructor sits in on the classes and is available to students before and/or after classes to review the basic skills needed to succeed. IBEST classes (currently CNA, Dosage Calculations, Anatomy and Physiology) are available in Calmar, Dubuque, and Peosta.
Call 563/557-8271 (or toll-free at 888/642-2338) x105 for information. You may also look us up on the web at www.nicc.edu under "Continuing Education Students".
Subjects: Adult Education