Itasca Community College
Itasca Community College (known as ICC with the slogan "THE BEST PLACE TO START") is a two-year community college located in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. It was founded in 1922 and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In 2010 Itasca Community College was rated the 5th best community college in the country by The Washington Monthly.
Enrollment for the 2009-2010 school year is about 1900 students, and the school has 40 full-time faculty members. Itasca offers diplomas in practical nursing, wildland fire fighting, and pulp and paper; associate's degrees in applied science in engineering, accounting, forestry/natural resources, and pulp and paper; and professional certificates in child development, geographic information systems,and nursing.
ICC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (Region XIII). The school fields teams in seven sports, four for men (baseball, basketball, wrestling, and American football) and three for women (softball, volleyball, and basketball). In 2000, men's basketball replaced men's ice hockey as a varsity sport. Teams compete in the Minnesota Community College Conference. At the NJCAA National Wrestling Championship held in Rochester, Minnesota on February 22–24, 2007, heavyweight Chris Miller became ICC's first national champion.
Global Education at ICC
Global Education plays an important role in this small northern Minnesota community college. Every Fall, about 20 Danish science and technology students come to ICC from late August until the middle of October. The Danish group spends its first few days in the United States visiting New York City and after arriving in Grand Rapids they spend the first weekend with American host families. The group also goes on several road trips including the Badlands of South Dakota, Duluth, Minnesota, and a Minnesota Twins professional baseball game. The following spring, about 20 ICC students go to Svendborg, Denmark and take classes at HTX Svendborg from early March to early May. ICC students receive college credit and have an opportunity to travel around Europe.
In 2008, forty-two members of the United States and Denmark Mass Communication Delegation, from ICC, went to the Twin Cities on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 for the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. According to participants, which included 26 Danish exchange students, the most memorable part of the one-day trip was observing the massive security presence. The delegation also visited the Rally for the Republic event organized by the Campaign for Liberty at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota where they heard Jesse Ventura speak.