Indian Hills Community College closes three service centers

Thanks to healthy enrollment numbers, the Albia service branch of Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) recently escaped the fate of three similar auxiliary sites located in other counties, according to a report by Albia Newspapers.

Monroe County’s facility in Albia will remain open, but outposts located in Lucas, Van Buren and Wayne counties will be closed down at the end of the current school term due to declining student numbers.

Marlene Sprouse, president of IHCC, told the college’s board of directors in mid-March that she had kept an eye on enrollment statistics. Although online signup had increased, service center activity had diminished significantly. She said the number of students at the three outlying service centers during the previous fall semester had shrunk by more than half.

Sprouse described plans for the college's continued presence in Corydon, Chariton and Keosaqua, with concrete ideas for opening a career academy at Corydon’s high school.

IHCC recently suffered budget cuts from the state and lower-than-expected revenue, which played a role in the decision to close the service centers. Iowa had slashed approximately $346,000 from the college’s state-funded aid package for 2017, Sprouse told Albia Newspapers.

With its main campus is in Ottumwa, IHCC provides arts and sciences classes at its service centers in several additional counties through the Iowa Communication Network (ICN).

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