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Aerial view of Kirkwood campus
Nielsen Hall - Home for business students
South of Linn Hall facing West
Kirkwood graduates
On top of hill, South of Nielsen Hall facing North

Kirkwood Community College is a community college serving seven counties in Iowa. It has the lowest tuition in the state at $111 per credit hour starting in Fall of 2009. Kirkwood's main campus is in Cedar Rapids, with additional buildings in Marion, Iowa City, Belle Plaine, Monticello, Tipton, Vinton, Washington and Williamsburg.

The college is named for Samuel J. Kirkwood, an early abolitionist and Iowa's Civil War governor.


The Campus

Kirkwood's main campus is located east of Kirkwood Boulevard, one mile (1.6 km) south of US 30 and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of I 380. The 680-acre (2.8 km2) campus includes a 400-acre (1.6 km2) working farm, 27 buildings with 1,400,000 square feet (130,000 m2) of interior learning space and a 15-acre (61,000 m2) athletic complex. The campus is in the center of the Kirkwood paha, a mile-long loess ridge.[1] The main buildings on campus are aligned with this ridge, with parking, sports facilities and secondary buildings to the north and south.[2]


The Hotel at Kirkwood Center[3] will be an upscale 71-room hotel, complete with an elegant gourmet restaurant, operated almost entirely by Hospitality and Culinary Arts students. Once complete in the summer of 2010, this will be the nation's only such facility at a two-year school, and Kirkwood's students will earn valuable real world experience right on campus, while catering to regular hotel guests and convention-goers alike.

The Kirkwood Healthcare Simulation Lab[4] opened in the fall of 2009. It allows health care students to receive hands-on experience in crisis situations in the $3.6 million emergency medicine lab. Local hospitals and clinics can use the facility for practice and training sessions.

The Jones County Regional Education Center opened in the fall of 2009 as well. The 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) center houses state-of-the-art classrooms and vocational labs for academic programs and administrative offices. Eight local school districts, the city of Monticello, the Welter family and Kirkwood Community College partnered to support rural students and sustain a viable, educated workforce.

The $14 million Cedar Hall Addition opened in spring of 2009. It added 90,000 square feet (8,400 m2) of classrooms and offices for English, Social Sciences, KCELT, Institutional Effectiveness and Learning Services.

The Kirkwood Center for Continuing Education[5], blends technology with "green" architecture to create a premier learning environment. The beautifully-appointed and creatively-designed interior complements its state-of-the-art instructional design, creating the flexibility desired for conferences, retreats, seminars, meetings or other special events.

The 32,000-square-foot (3,000 m2) Horticulture/Floriculture[6], building features state-of-the-art energy efficiency, including geothermal heating and cooling, fully automated controls, plus a roof system that catches rainwater for use in the greenhouses and landscaping areas. A large student commons area, a small engine lab and an indoor natural soil floor used to teach patio buildings and other outdoor skills in all weather conditions are just a few of the amenities students will find at the complex.

The Iowa Equestrian Center[7] is located on Kirkwood's campus. The Midwest's premier equestrian facility serves a dual purpose: During the week the stables, stalls and arena serve as Kirkwood's Horse Science classrooms and working laboratory. 50 weekends a year the center hosts prominent regional and national horse shows, as well as dog and other animal shows. The facility has more than 200 horse stalls. Each of them has a 3/4 inch foam pad that is covered with sawdust to make it as comfortable as possible for the horses.

Government Partnerships - Kirkwood Community College has many partnerships[8] with government agencies. It is known as being the home of the National Mass Fatalities Institute, which provides instruction and research into planning for all levels of a mass fatality event response, as well as home to Linn County Emergency Management Agency which played a vital role in coordinating efforts of local communities during the floods of 2008.


Kirkwood currently offers 120+ programs[9] and sends students to study abroad in 13 different countries. The most popular programs at Kirkwood are Liberal Arts, Nursing, Pre-Business Transfer, Accounting, Early Childhood Development, Human Services, Law Enforcement, Pre-Engineering and Culinary Arts. Students can now earn a Kirkwood degree completely online.

There are more than 60 student clubs and organizations.

The Numbers

In 2009-2010, Kirkwood will awarded more than $1.7 million in scholarships. Each student is eligible to receive financial aid. Based on Fall 2009 tuition, it costs students $6,660 for a college degree.

In 2008, more than 20,000 students enrolled in credit classes. 55% of students are female/44% are male. 625 international students from 90+ countries take classes at Kirkwood. Almost 40 states send students to Kirkwood. Students come from all 99 Iowa counties. The average class size is 23.1 students.


Women's Basketball - Five National Championships (Three Consecutive 2007, 2008, 2009), Eight consecutive Regional Championships and Final Four appearances

Men's Basketball - One National Championship, eight National Tournament appearances, eight Region XI Championships

Softball - Four National Tournament appearances, 10 All-Americans (seven Academic, three Athletic), 73 All-Region selections

Baseball - Two World Series appearances, two Region XI Championships, four former players in professional baseball

Golf - Ten National Tournament appearances, five Region XI Championships, one Individual National Champion

Volleyball - One National Championship, seven National Tournament appearances, seven Region XI Championships

Notable, Local Alumni

Virginia Wilts, branch manager - Guaranty Bank Virginia earned her degree from Kirkwood in 1984. She is the current branch manager of the new Guaranty Bank on Bever Ave. and Memorial Dr. SE in Cedar Rapids. In addition to managing the bank office, she also oversees and reviews staff members and works with sales to bring more customers to the bank.

Andy Peterson, morning host - WMT 600 AM Andy Petersen is the current morning radio host on News Radio 600 WMT. Peterson attained his AA degree, with an emphasis in the Communications Media/Public Relations. He now spends his time on the air from 5 to 9 a.m., recording commercials, booking guests for his show, thinking of topics to talk about while on air and other tasks.

Al Schmidt, owner - Metro Studios Al owns Metro Studios in Cedar Rapids and Scottsdale, Ariz. During his second year of college, Schmidt developed a business plan for a production service company, raised money and started the business with the help of a fellow student. Today, Metro Studios employs 21 workers with a studio equipped to produce video and audio, as well as Web productions. Schmidt has had clients ranging from The History Channel and National Geographic, to Oprah and Dr. Phil.

Dennis Jordan, VP of economic development - Priority One Dennis Jordan attended Kirkwood from 1988 to 1989 and earned his degree in Business Administration. Dennis Jordan is now the vice president of economic development for Priority One, a company that works alongside the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Jordan spends his time recruiting businesses to come to the technology corridor, as well as recruiting workforces for these companies.

Traci Weber, owner – First Avenue Wine House Traci opened the First Avenue Wine House in 2003. The Wine House is a one-stop shop for anyone in the market for wines from around the world, cheeses and other specialty foods, or a vast array of wine-related gift items. Traci also offers wine-tasting classes and special events throughout the year. Her shop has grown steadily since 2003 and now wine and related gift items fill every nook and cranny of the three-story building.

Kim Petersen, owner – Architectural Building & Design, Inc. As sole owner of Architectural Building and Design, Inc., Kim is the builder, designer and general contractor for each of her custom built homes. She typically works with 25 different companies throughout construction and has completed more than 80 homes since establishing her business in 2000. Kim insists on using higher-end quality in smaller square footage homes.

Michael J. Gould, co-owner – Gould & Lamb, LLC As the co-owner of Gould & Lamb, LLC Michael provides medical and financial information to companies involved in worker’s compensation settlement cases. Gould & Lamb, LLC, which has won several business awards, now employs 250 people, in 22 states, across the nation.

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