What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College

About the Center

Center History

Iowa Western Community College’s Shelby County Center opened in 1966 and its first Practical Nursing class graduated in July 1967. Through the years, classes have been held at various locations in Harlan. The center has been located at 2712 12th Street since the late 1970’s. IWCC moved June 2009 to our new location at 1901 Hawkeye Ave, Suite #102.

Mission Statement

Iowa Western Community College is a learning community committed to excellence in meeting educational needs and improving the quality of life through programs, partnerships and community involvement.

Vision Statement

Iowa Western Community College will be recognized as a premier educational leader and partner, with student learning and success being our highest priority.


These statements of Beliefs support and clarify the Mission Statement of Iowa Western Community College.

  • Faculty, students, staff and community partners are equal stakeholders in the culture of our learning community.
  • Each and every individual has dignity and worth.
  • Community support depends upon identifying and meeting the diverse and changing needs of the people in Southwest Iowa.
  • Each person deserves opportunities for lifelong learning and growth.
  • Open, honest communication, through word and action, builds credibility and trust.
  • Striving for excellence is worth the effort of all college employees.
  • Cooperative partnerships, foster college and community growth.

Core Values


We believe creating an environment where people treat each other with a sense of dignity and self-worth and where people convey genuine concern for helping others to achieve their goals will add value to student learning experience.


We believe acting with a sense of purpose, vigor, and passion and merging of our personal and work values will enable us to fulfill our pledge to provide opportunities, which encourage students to reach their full potential.


We believe articulating and promoting academic and personal standards focused on raising self-expectations in striving for excellence will provide an environment, which leads to success.

Diversity/Anti-Discrimination Statements

Iowa Western Community College values diversity and supports learning experiences that promote intellectual growth and human enrichment.

IWCC does not discriminate against students by virtue of their race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, genetic information , physical or mental disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, AIDS/HIV status, citizenship, or medical condition, as those terms are defined by applicable laws.

Employment And Educational Equity Coordinators

Equal Employment Opportunity/Non-Harassment
     Director of Human Resources 712.325.3413

Title IX Coordinator
     Dean of Student Life and Student Success 712.325.3207

ADA Coordinator
     Disability Services Coordinator 712.325.3299

Equal Education Opportunity/Non-Harassment
     Dean of Student Life and Student Success 712.325.3207