Clarinda Center

Built in 1923 as Clarinda Junior College, the campus became the Clarinda Center of Iowa Western Community College in 1966. It is located on eight acres in east Clarinda, adjacent to the city park and fairgrounds.

Instructional Services at the Clarinda Center include a comprehensive arts and sciences program, several vocational-technical programs, in addition to Continuing Education classes. Students can stay close to home while working toward an Associate’s Degree. IWCC students have the flexibility to schedule their classes, with day, evening, and weekend class options.

The Center consists of Optiz Hall, Rowland Hall, Royal Hall, Edith Lisle Library, and the Student Center, Depot, Activities Building, and the Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing (CEAM).


Our goal is to provide students with one-on-one attention. With just one stop at the Clarinda Center, you can access assistance with our college application, speak with an advisor, learn about your financial aid options, and register. We truly are a one-stop-shop, and invite you to stop by during business hours or call to make an appointment to get started.

If you are unable to stop by the Clarinda Center, please use the link below to begin your college admission process.

Financial Aid

Current students need to renew their Financial Aid every year. Go to, click “Fill Out A Renewal FAFSA” and follow the directions. If you have questions, contact the Clarinda Center at (712) 542-5117 or the Iowa Western Financial Aid office at (712) 325-3295 or 1-800-432-5852 ext. 3295


Current students have the option of registering for classes online. Get started below:


All students must apply for graduation via ROC during the final term of their program of study, even if they do not plan to participate in the graduation ceremony. The application will be available approximately two weeks after the start of each term. Check the Academic Calendar for graduation dates and the last day to apply for graduation each term. Information regarding the status of the student’s graduation application and information about the commencement will be sent to their Iowa Western email address. There is no charge for participating in the graduation ceremony and all students are encouraged to attend.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education at the Clarinda Center offers community members the opportunity to gain knowledge in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. For example, students can take classes in fitness and gardening for recreation; personal finance and computers for personal development; and insurance, real-estate, and CPR for license recertification. 

English Language Learners (ELL)

The Clarinda Center offers special tutoring sessions for those individuals interested in learning the English language. These free classes, taught in English, are available for anyone of any nationality. For more information contact us at (712) 542-5117.

HiSet (High School Equivalency) 

The Clarinda Center offers HiSet instruction and testing to qualified individuals. An experienced instructor assesses each student to determine strengths and a starting level, which results in an individualized instruction plan focused on the student’s needs. Iowa Western Community College offers HiSet testing in several Southwest Iowa locations.

HiSET class schedule:
Monday, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Note: Students must have instructor approval to test

Contact Information

Office of Admissions 
Iowa Western Community College 
923 East Washington Street 
Clarinda, IA 51632 

Phone: (712) 542-5117 or
1-800-521-2073 Toll-Free (Iowa Only)

Director, Clarinda Center

Kristin Smith

Ph: (712) 542-5117

Information on Iowa Legislators

Clarinda, Iowa



Facility Rental

The Clarinda Center has space available for you to rent for any event.  This includes business meetings, special events and classrooms that include the state-of- the-art audiovisual equipment.  Facility rentals are available M-F 8:00-4:30 and in the evening  and on the weekend as availability allows. 

Please contact Kristin Smith to book today!
Phone: (712) 542-5117