Students can enroll in single courses or a specific program leading to a degree or certificate. These degree or certificate programs include:
- Associate in Applied Science
- Associate in Arts
- Associate in General Studies
- Associate in Science
- Associate in Science and Arts
- Certificate programs in a variety of career and technical fields
The Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Science and Arts programs generally lead to transfer to a four-year university and require at least two years of study. Students can begin most major career fields at IECC before transferring. The Associate in General Studies program is designed for students who wish to explore their individual interests and abilities within an academic structure.
The Associate in Applied Science programs at IECC cover a wide range of Career and Technical Education areas and are designed to lead to employment.
Certificate programs in Career and Technical Education areas generally require one year of study or less and can lead to entry level positions with employers.
A student may be admitted to a degree or certificate program at IECC upon meeting one or more of the following conditions:
- Valid High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate
- Transfer from a college or university accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) or comparable regional accrediting association. The Commission may be contacted at the HLC website at www.hlcommission.org or by phone at 312-263-0456.
- For high school-age students, permission of the secondary school's chief officer or formal notification that the connection with the high school has been severed. Students currently enrolled in a secondary school program may be accepted into a college course(s), if such courses are offered during the regular school day established by the secondary school, and prior approval of the chief executive officer of the public school is received. Parents should be aware that their students may be exposed to mature and/or controversial topics and conversations, not only within some classes, but also within the general college environment.
- At least seventeen years of age.
High school and college transcripts received by IECC will be evaluated by Records/Advisement Office to verify that the transcript is valid. In cases where validity is questionable, the Record/Advisement Office will research the indicated organization and make a determination based on information found.
Admission to the college does not automatically ensure admittance into all courses or programs of study or ensure eligibility for federal/state financial aid.
To gain admittance, all degree and certificate seeking students need to:
1. Submit an admission form to the Admissions Office or at www.iecc.edu/admissions.
2. Submit the results of any required pre-entrance physical examination and/or background check.
3. Submit nationally standardized test scores (such as ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, ASSET, COMPASS, PARCC, etc.).
4. Submit official transcripts and appropriate course descriptions of all previous college work to the Admissions Office prior to registration.
After the college receives the admission form, the student will receive a letter of acceptance. It is to the student's advantage to apply for admission at least 30 days prior to the beginning of any term in order to be scheduled for pre-registration; however, admissions will be accepted through late registration of any term. Late registration is generally a 10-day period following the last day of regular registration. All correspondence should be directed to the Student Services Office.
All entering freshmen should attend the new student orientation session scheduled by the college if they are enrolled in a degree or certificate program.
Some certificates of less than 16 credit hours may have placement testing requirements specific for their program.
Non-degree students who may later elect to seek a degree or certificate with 16 credit hours or more must meet all regular admission and placement requirements.