Western Iowa Tech Community College

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Western Iowa Tech Community College
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Former names
Western Iowa Technical Community College[1]
Type Public community college
Established 1966 (1966)[2]
President Terry Murrell[1]
Undergraduates 3,083 full-time,
3,704 part-time
[1]
Campus Sioux City (Main Campus)
Cherokee
Denison
Le Mars (Le Mars Center)
Mapleton (Mapleton Center) [1]
Colors Green and Tan         
Website witcc.edu

Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC or WIT) is a comprehensive community college with five campuses in northwestern Iowa. The main campus is located in Sioux City; the other campuses are located in Mapleton, Le Mars, Denison and Cherokee. The institution offers associate degree and certificate programs.

History[edit]

WITCC was founded in 1966. It first became an accredited institution in 1977, under The Higher Learning Commission, which is part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[2][1]

Programs[edit]

WITCC regularly adds to and updates its programs to best serve its students and the needs of the community.

In 2015, the college added a culinary program with associated instruction area, state-of-the-art test kitchen, and dining area. The program graduated its first class in 2016 with 100% placement.[3] Classes emphasize sanitation, safety, knife skills, culinary techniques, baking, purchasing, management, and related topics.

Campus[edit]

The main campus is located near the corner of Stone Avenue and Gordon Drive in Sioux City. WITCC also has two main branch campuses in Denison, Iowa and Cherokee, Iowa, where there is also an on-campus conference center. Mapleton, Iowa and LeMars, Iowa also have "learning centers" that offer only a small number of classes. WITCC also offers online distance learning programs.

The college has undergone extensive renovations in recent years. The student learning environments in the Kiser Building and community meeting area in the Corporate College have been re-done. In 2014, another housing complex, Prairie Place, was added to the Sioux City Campus and a permanent WITCC Le Mars Center was opened.[4]

A new student life and wellness center was opened in January 2012, named the Dunker Center after President Emeritus Dr. Robert E. Dunker. The two-story, 44,000 sq. foot facility contains a basketball court, two cross-court basketball courts, a volleyball court, and a three-lane walking/jogging track. Along the edges is a cardio fitness area with elliptical machines and treadmills, as well as a strength training room with free weights and Nautilus-style equipment. The college offers a selection of fitness classes in these facilities, made possible largely due to a challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation as well as community support.[5]

Student housing[edit]

WITCC has three residence halls, Sun Ridge Court, Bur Oak Suites, and Prairie Place. The three areas can house a combined total of around 540 students. Sun Ridge Court provides apartment-style housing, with one- and two-bedroom apartment units, and also family-style housing. Bur Oak Suites offers more traditional housing options, with four-bedroom/two-bath suites. Bur Oak Suites was erected in 2008 and includes common areas, a computer lab, a music room, a study room, and a community kitchen. The Prairie Place residence hall, which opened in the fall of 2014, is similar to Bur Oak Suites in size and layout.

Student life[edit]

In the fall of 2010, credit student enrollment was 6,421, a growth of ten percent from the previous year. Students' credit hours were evenly divided between arts/sciences and career technical programs. There were also nearly 200 faculty.[6]

WITCC offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in no fewer than 170 programs. Athletics are composed of intramural sports and a few club sports that compete as the WITCC Comets.

The institution is part of the Iowa Community College Online Consortium, a group of community colleges from across the state that work together to give students opportunities for online education.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Western Iowa Tech Community College". Currently Affiliated Institutions. The Higher Learning Commission. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "About WITCC". Official website. Western Iowa Tech Community College. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Making the grade: Western Iowa Tech unveils state-of-the-art test kitchen, Sioux City, Iowa: Sioux City Journal, 2011, retrieved 16 January 2017 
  4. ^ History at WITCC, Sioux City, Iowa: Western Iowa Tech Community College, 2014, retrieved 16 January 2017 
  5. ^ WIT opens Robert E. Dunker Student Center, Sioux City, Iowa: Sioux City Journal, 2012, retrieved 16 January 2017 
  6. ^ "2010 President's Report" (PDF). Western Iowa Tech Community College. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 

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