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2020 - 2021 Eastern Iowa Community College Catalog 
2020 - 2021 Eastern Iowa Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Muscatine Community College



Founded in 1961 as a non-profit steward of gifts to the College, the Foundation strives to provide a “margin of excellence” in the College’s programs and facilities. The Foundation supports educational programs, student and staff development, facilities improvement and alumni development, but the emphasis is on student scholarships and loans. More than $300,000 is awarded annually to deserving Muscatine Community College students for tuition, fees and books. Scholarship applications are due March 1st and November 1st.

For more information, contact:
Muscatine Community College Foundation
Lisa Wiegel, Scholarship Coordinator

152 Colorado St., Muscatine, IA 52761

The Community

With its long history and Mississippi River traditions, Muscatine enjoys a new spirit of progress that makes it a thriving modern community of more than 23,000 in the heart of agricultural/industrial mid-America. Early French explorers established the first settlement in 1832. In 1849 the original name, Bloomington, was changed to Muscatine after the Musquitine Indians living along the river.

Muscatine is home to 96 diversified industries, including two Fortune 500 companies. The area boasts numerous recreational activities, including water sports on the Mississippi and nearby Cedar and Iowa rivers, and a park system offering swimming, picnic areas, baseball, tennis, cycling, a soccer complex, horseshoes and golf. Many entertainment opportunities are available, as well as cultural enrichment through the Musser Museum and Art Gallery.

The College

Muscatine Community College offers an Arts and Sciences transfer program and numerous Career and Technical Education programs. The College has an annual enrollment of more than 1,800 full- and part-time students in credit programs. An additional 7,900 people are served by Continuing Education programs. Although many students attending Muscatine Community College enroll directly out of high school, the average age of students is 24, with more than 65 percent of students attending part-time.

Alumni association records show that almost 80 percent of Muscatine Community College graduates remain in Iowa, with others finding employment opportunities in every state and several foreign countries.

Well-qualified, experienced and dedicated instructors guide the educational experiences of students in small, personalized classes.

Student Programs

Clubs and Organizations

Muscatine Community College offers many student clubs, organizations and activities ranging from special interest groups to campus-wide picnics and outings. Music, drama, and numerous other activities are available to all interested students. The Student Services division also sponsors a series of special activities designed to appeal to older students and their families.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is a national honorary scholastic organization for community, junior and technical colleges. Students invited to join must have accumulated 12 credit hours and have a 3.5 or better GPA.

Student Government/Senate

The Student Senate, elected annually by the general student body, is open to all students. In addition to planning college activities, the Senate manages the student activities budget, recommends policy and provides a forum for student issues and concerns.

Intramural Athletics

The College also offers a variety of intramural activities ranging from volleyball and basketball, to pool table, bowling and flag football.

Student Newspaper

The award-winning Calumet is published throughout the academic year and includes college, community and national news and features. All students are invited to join the staff as writers, photographers, editors or advertising and layout specialists.

College/Community Activities

Activities sponsored jointly with community and service organizations provide students with an opportunity to hear nationally known speakers. The college also has an excellent Visiting Artist Series, co-sponsored by the Quad City Arts.

Student Services

Success Center

The Success Center provides an individualized environment for students in need of personal assistance in areas such as study skills, reading, grammar, basic math, writing skills and general classwork. Through the tutoring program, students requesting a tutor can be matched to an individual tutor at no charge.

Disability Accommodations

The College helps students with difficulties due to physical or learning disabilities, limited English skills or reading, math, spelling and writing problems. It is also a resource for students who need help in academic classes. Students learn strategies for note taking, study and listening skills, reading, time management, math, spelling and writing. Taped textbooks, test alternatives, taped class lectures, and vocational and transitional services are also available at 563-288-6013


The MCC student apartments are an amenity rich community located on campus just minutes away from the classrooms. Spacious two and four bedroom apartments with multilayered security systems and WiFi are available. Information is available by contacting the Residential Life Coordinator at 563-549-0203.

Test Center

Make-up testing is given upon instructor request. Special testing such as CLEP, online and other forms of testing are also given by appointment at 563-288-6056.

Advising Center

Appointments are encouraged, but not required. Advisors are listeners who can help students make educational decisions, adjust to college, set goals and change career goals.

The Advising Center offers human development courses to help students deal with typical student concerns. Advisors can also interpret test results, analyze academic records, give interest inventories, provide information about careers, educational programs and colleges, and help with job placement after graduation at 563-288-6001.

Study Skills

Muscatine Community College offers classes designed to help students learn time management and study skills and to achieve their maximum potential. Check the class schedule or see your advisor for more information.

Career Assistance

Career assistance is available to people of all ages through the Advising Center. Career exploration opportunities are provided by a variety of resources, including a career information library, the Occupational Outlooks Handbook, governmental publications and MCC’s own Graduate Survey at 563-288-6052.

Child Care

The Learning Tree Preschool is an on-campus, licensed facility providing quality child care and educational experiences for the six-week-old to six-year-old children of college students, faculty and the general public. The program includes preschool education, creative play, field trips, art activities, hot noon meals and morning and afternoon snacks. The Learning Tree Preschool also serves as a laboratory for the college’s Early Childhood Education students.

The preschool is staffed by a supervisor, teachers, aides and a cook. A parent advisory group helps formulate policies, plans special activities and publishes a parent newsletter. For more information, call 563-264-2088.

Library Services

Help for students looking for a job, investigating a career, studying for test, practicing test taking, and writing papers is available in our books and online. The library is the place for help from staff who are knowledgeable about the information students and faculty need for classes. Print resources and DVDs are available for borrowing. Electronic resources are available 24/7 and include: RiverShare (a way to access over one million books, DVDs, and CDs) and databases giving access to millions of full text online articles through PowerSearch, Opposing Viewpoints, and Ovid (Nursing). Videos on every subject are on Films on Demand.

The Library Café is open with coffee, tea, cider, pastries, fruit, salads, and pizza to keep you going! Contact us at 563-288-6072.


The Muscatine Community College lounge, featuring wireless internet access, is a place to relax, watch TV, play pool and enjoy time with friends. The lounge is open during all school hours and offers a food area for a quick lunch or snack between classes.


Internet access is available to students, staff and faculty at several campus computer lab locations. There is also wireless access in each of the college buildings. The College’s website includes an online credit class schedule database, general college information and links to other EICC sites. The address is: www.eicc.edu.