Articulation Process

Articulation is a process that allows high school students to earn college credit through agreements between their high schools and Northeast Iowa Community College. Area school districts and NICC agree on core competencies and performance levels to ensure credits are transferable to the College.

Articulated courses allow high school students to earn college credit in an NICC career and technical program for courses taken in the high school.

NICC faculty members work with high school instructors to identify competencies that are common at both the high school and college levels. Signed agreements allow high school students to earn college credit for achieving these skills while in high school.

Articulated courses are high school courses taught by the high school instructor.


There will be no charge for college credit awarded through this agreement to the high school or student.

Transfer of Credit

NICC will accept articulated credit through partnerships established between the high school and the College.

How Articulated Credit is Earned

To receive articulated credit at Northeast Iowa Community College, the school district must have a signed course articulation agreement with NICC. Student requirements include:

  1. An official high school transcript and a Request for Articulated Credit Form must be provided to the NICC registrar. Download a Request for Articulated Credit Form.

  2. Students must attend NICC within 12 months of high school graduation to be eligible for articulated credit.

  3. Credit will be entered on an NICC transcript after the student has accumulated 12 NICC credits post high school or high school equivalency diploma (HSED).

  4. Articulated credit is given for NICC career and technical program classes, not four-year college transfer courses.

  5. Visit the Department of Education website to view statewide articulation certificates and competency requirements.