Clarinda Center

Built in 1921 as Clarinda Junior College, it became a part of IWCC in 1966. The Clarinda Center of Iowa Western Community College 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 and several vocational-technical programs plus Continuing Education classes. Students can stay close to home while working on their Associate Degree. IWCC students also enjoy the flexibility in scheduling their classes and the opportunity to choose from day, evening, and weekend classes.

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


Our goal is to serve the student with one-on-one attention. With just one stop at the Clarinda Center, you can receive assistance with the college application, advising, Financial Aid, and registration. We truly are a ‘One Stop Shop’! Just drop by during business hours or call to make an appointment – it’s that easy!

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

Financial Aid

Current students need to remember to renew Financial Aid every year. Simply go to, click the “Fill Out A Renewal FAFSA” link, and follow the directions. If you have questions, feel free to contact the Clarinda Campus at (712) 542-5117 or the Financial Aid office at (712) 325-3295 Or 1-800-432-5852 ext. 3295


Current student have the option to register for classes online.


All students must apply for graduation during the final term of their program of study even if they do not plan to participate in the graduation ceremony. Students should apply for graduation during their final semester in ROC. 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 the student’s 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 Campus 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 the Clarinda Campus at (712) 542-5117.

HiSet (High School Equivalency) 

The Clarinda Campus offers HiSet instruction and testing to qualified individuals. A qualified instructor assesses each individual 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)

Information on Iowa Legislators

Clarinda, Iowa