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"Community colleges are known as schools where university-bound students can knock out general education requirements on the cheap, but that’s only part of what these local colleges offer. Many also have technical programs that train students for specific careers such as nursing and computer science." - NerdWallet, 2019

When high school seniors are deciding how to pursue higher education, they may not initially think of community colleges. Turns out, there are plenty of community college benefits, and attending one can be an advantage for students before they move on to a four-year university. Click to read more.

There are some great reasons why you should choose IECC!

  • Community colleges are typically less expensive than 4-year institutions. Click here to see the cost comparison with other institutions.
  • Indiana students in designated counties receive special rates.
  • We offer great instructor-to-student ratios so our class sizes are never too large.
  • IECC is accredited as an institution of higher education by the Higher Learning Commission. 

Our schools offer great things for our students:

  • All four Illinois Eastern Community Colleges were named as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 Million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Illinois had eleven community colleges as finalists and IECC had four of the eleven colleges.
  • Frontier Community College (FCC) was ranked the 15th best two-year trade school in the nation in August 2020.
  • Lincoln Trail College (LTC) student-athletes have combined for a GPA above 3.0 for the 13th consecutive semester.
  • Olney Central College (OCC) is accepting students for its new and Unmanned Aerial Technology Certificate.
  • Wabash Valley College’s (WVC) Radio/TV department’s TV station, News Channel 15, has been nominated by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System for the national award “Best Community College TV Station.”
  • LTC, OCC, and WVC all have full sports facilities and gymnasiums. LTC and WVC have indoor pools open to the public during certain hours.

IECC offers a broad range of degree and certificate programs that can help you achieve your career goals.  As one option, you can begin preparing for a career by completing an associate degree in a transfer program and then continue your education at a senior institution. General education courses are required and, depending on the student's major, additional coursework will be required in the major field.

Another option is enrolling in one of our many career and technical (CTE) programs which are occupational in nature and can be completed in two years or less. 

Whether you're considering a CTE program or a transfer degree, students should work closely with their advisor and/or faculty to ensure the correct courses are being selected for the requirements and to ensure a smooth transition to a 4-year university if continuing on.

To learn more about our degree and certificate programs or courses offered, view our Areas of Study to see which might be the best fit for you.


Career exploration can be incorporated into your first semester in college. However, being indecisive regarding your major can increase the amount of time it takes to graduate. For example, if you are interested in a career and technical education program that has "fall only" entry or sequenced courses, you might have to wait to begin your studies. If your basic skills are not college level, your time to degree completion may be extended due to necessary developmental coursework.

On the positive side, if you do spend more time enrolled because of career exploration and major indecision, there is no more economical place to do so than a community college. If you are undecided, it would be advisable to take a course such as freshman seminar online which features a section devoted to careers. Utilize the services provided at the college you are attending and put career exploration at the top of your priority list!

Entrance exams assist in appropriate course placement. If you took an ACT or SAT in high school and you are a recent graduate, the college may use those scores. If it has been some time since you attended high school, you should probably retest. IECC offers a computerized entrance exam called ACCUPLACER. It tests basic math, reading, and English comprehension. Recent high school graduates who did not take the ACT or who would like to retest to improve their scores are welcome to take the ACCUPLACER test.  

Testing will provide you with the knowledge of your basic skill level and allow IECC to assist you in a subject area, if warranted. Once you have taken the ACCUPLACER test, the scores will be used by your advisor during registration to place you in the proper courses. We want to prepare you for success and avoid placing you in a class without the proper skills to complete it.

For more information on course placement and the ACCUPLACER, click here

1. Apply for Admission 

It's quick and easy to apply for admission.

2. Request Transcripts/GED Scores

An official copy of high school transcript(s) or GED scores must be sent to the Records Office. Official transcripts from any other college(s) attended must also be provided.

3. Apply for Financial Aid

Financial Aid comes in many forms and provides assistance with college expenses.  All students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). There is also support in the form of state programs, scholarships, and veteran's benefits.  See Financial Aid for additional information and speak with a financial aid representative in the Financial Aid Office to discuss options for paying for college. 

4. Submit/Schedule Placement Testing

Submit nationally standardized test scores to the Admissions Office. If no scores are available or they do not meet course placement requirements, sign up to take the ACCUPLACER. Testing should be scheduled and completed prior to registering for classes.

5. Register for Classes

Registration dates, methods, and more can be found here

6. Pay Tuition and Fees

The fee statement received by students with their schedule at the time of registration is their bill. Tuition and fees may be paid in person at the Business Office, mailed, or online using Entrata. VISA and MasterCard are accepted. Tuition and fees are determined annually.

7. Secure Books

Students may purchase (FCC has rentals) new and used books in the college bookstore or online. Contact your college bookstore for information related to when books are available.  


Looking for more information about IECC schools? Please call 618-393-2982.