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Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19

Iowa Western Community College is preparing for a safe return to our campus on August 17, 2020, which is the beginning of the fall semester. The IWCC administration and its emergency management team has been working diligently on a plan to create a safe environment for staff and students upon returning for the fall. Included in that plan are learning platforms such as:

  • Face-to-face class instruction with smaller class sizes;
  • Hybird classes incorporating face-to-face and on-line learning;
  • Fully on-line course offerings;
  • An expanded Evening Course selection.

In addition, the campus will enforce strict sanitizing efforts to keep our campus safe.

We look forward to seeing you in August! Call 325-3277 for enrollment information or to schedule a visit.

  • Because of limited staff through the month of June, we would like to encourage students to set an appointment before coming to campus.  If you do not have an appointment we will do everything we can to accommodate you based on the current availability of counselors.  Social distancing must be practiced in the welcome center lobby while waiting at all times.
  • Masks must be worn while in the offices of advisors and counselors at all times.  If you do not have a mask, you may not be permitted to enter the office. 
  • To minimize the number of people coming to campus, we ask that students only bring one guest, i.e. parent/guardian, friend, family etc…  This will help us assist you better, keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing in the welcome center. 

Latest Updates

Iowa Western's Cabinet and Board of Trustees is consulting with federal, state and local health officials and system leaders. This group is tasked with evaluating the situation as it evolves. Questions or concerns can be submitted to [email protected].

Faculty and Staff Information

General Information on Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19

How to be prepared

Learn what you can about COVID-19 and its symptoms from the Centers for Disease Control.


Disinfect and practice proper hygiene

Get into the habit of washing your hands thoroughly and consistently after bathroom breaks or contact with high-touch items such as doorknobs. Avoid close contact with any people showing signs of respiratory illness; maintain at least a 6-foot distance.


If you feel sick

Contact your health provider Learn what you can about COVID-19 and its symptoms from the Centers for Disease Control. During this period, members of the Iowa Western community should be more cautious than usual. You should stay home if you have symptoms (coughing, fever, shortness of breath). If you feel sick after coming to campus, return home immediately and take steps to make sure you do not infect others.


CARES Act Update

  • Please note: Iowa Western’s application for CARES Act financial assistance grants has closed and funding is no longer available.

Iowa Western Community College completed the necessary paperwork to receive federal funds through Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)  as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In compliance with federal guidelines, 50% of the funding received to date, has been distributed directly to Iowa Western students in the form of emergency financial assistance grants. This equates to $1,5087,692 in CARES Act funding to support student emergency financial assistance grants.

Based on federal guidelines, 1,898 Iowa Western students were eligible to receive CARES Act emergency financial assistance grants.

An application for CARES Act financial assistance grants was made available to eligible students on May 5, 2020 with a priority deadline of May 15. Emails were sent to all eligible students with instructions and a link to the application. The first round of CARES Act emergency financial assistance grants will be delivered to eligible students with completed applications in early June. Following the priority period, the application remained open until the final deadline of May 31. In total, 1,181 eligible students completed applications and $1,423,447.62 was awarded to applicants. Award values were based on financial need, credit hours and application responses. After the close of the application period, the  remaining funding was equitably awarded to all eligible students who did not complete an application. All students were notified of their awards through email.  

Iowa Western is using the following federal eligibility requirements to distribute CARES Act emergency financial assistance grants:

  1. be enrolled at Iowa Western for the spring 2020 semester,
  2. be degree seeking (not a visiting student from another institution or a high school student taking dual enrollment courses),
  3. be enrolled in courses that included face to face instruction on March 27, 2020 (not taking only online courses) and
  4. have a completed current FAFSA application on file.

The amount granted to each student is determined by a matrix that includes the total number of applications received and three student specific variables: 1) the student’s response to the application question, 2) their financial need identified by FAFSA, and 3) the number of credit hours in which they are enrolled.