The mission of Disability Services at Northeast Iowa Community College is to provide equal access to students with disabilities while maintaining the integrity of the College's academic standards. NICC recognizes and fulfills its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and similar state laws and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities in our college programs and activities.
NICC provides access, accommodations and advocacy for students who have disabilities. Examples include accessible textbooks, additional time on exams, sign language interpreters and mobility assistance. If you have a disability requiring instructional accommodations, please contact a disability services coordinator. Coordinators are available to discuss the types of accommodations available to help students succeed. Based on the disability, the coordinator will assist in preparing a list of accommodations to share with instructors.
For more information, review the following documents:
Accommodations placement testing is available through ACCUPLACER®. ACCUPLACER® tests in reading and math are untimed; WritePlacer is a timed placement test. Some mathmematic applications have calculator pop-ups which will appear when a calculator can be used as a tool. Breaks between tests are permitted, if requested. After completing the assessment, an advisor will help identify skills and compare them to recommended scores for entry into specific courses. For more information on ACCUPLACER® testing and/or to access sample questions, visit the ACCUPLACER® website. Additional practice questions are available in the College's Testing Centers.
S.T.E.P. (Support Through the Encouragement of Peers) is a peer-driven support group for students with disabilities available on both Peosta and Calmar campuses. S.T.E.P.’s mission is to empower students with disabilities through life management and academic skills. Meeting times vary; contact the disability coordinator on your campus to participate in S.T.E.P.
The goals of S.T.E.P.:
- To provide academic, personal and social support for students with disabilities.
- Assist students in successfully navigating through their college courses and programs.
- Build relationships between students, faculty and staff.
- Encourage individual development of self-reliance and self-advocacy.
Weekly mentoring sessions are available for students with disabilities that wish to have assistance with meeting their educational goals. Mentors assist students with strategic study skills, organizational skills, time management skills, self-advocacy and self-determination, learning how to use Xpress and understanding their course syllabus.
The Calmar campus' Vet2Vet Mentor Program is a chapter of the Student Veterans Association (SVA) and was developed to provide the necessary support to veterans in their journey from “boots to books.” Through the program, veterans become aware of the many resources available through NICC and their community as they work toward their academic and professional goals. The peer mentors are veterans who are either discharged, still serving in active duty or members of the Guard and Reserve. These veterans assist other student veterans by:
- Identifying individual needs and referring to appropriate services on campus
- Assisting students with the adjustment to college life
- Helping veterans connect to the campus community
- Assisting with Veteran Affairs
- Providing referrals to outside organizations
Vet2Vet Mentors work closely with the Office of Disability Services as well as a faculty advisor. If you are or a veteran you know would benefit from the support of the Vet2Vet Mentoring Program, please contact the Disability Services Office or attend one of the monthly meetings on the first Monday of each month from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Calmar campus in Student Center 109.