Distance Learning

Iowa Central strives to meet the needs of our students by offering courses in a variety of formats.  In addition to the standard classroom offerings, we are committed to meeting the needs of students who are remote to campus by offering FlexNet, Online, and Virtual Class courses.  A degree is not out of reach with all the different delivery methods available.

FlexNet courses are asynchronous, and are taught via the internet using iNET.  Students can enroll in a FlexNet course at any time throughout the semester, except the last three (3) weeks of the term, as long as space is available.  Enrollment will be closed the last 3 weeks of the term, unless approved by Distance Learning.  Students will have until the last day of the term to complete a FlexNet course.  FlexNet courses do not have weekly assignments, but it is highly recommended for students to stay on task.

15 Week Online Courses – Courses are synchronous, and are taught via the internet using iNET.  Students can enroll in an Online course only during registration before the term and during the Add/Drop period at the beginning of the term, (the first 5 days of the term).  Enrollment is closed after the Add/Drop period.  Online courses begin and end with semester dates.  Online courses are structured and have weekly required assignments, and deadlines.


8 Week Online Courses/Programs – Provides opportunity to complete an entire program online.  Students enrolled in one of the programs must be 100% enrolled via one of the 8 Week Online Programs:

  • Associate in Arts A.A. Degree
  • Computer Networking Technology A.A.S Degree
  • Criminal Justice A.A.S. Degree
  • Health Care Administration A.P.S. Degree
  • Human Services A.P.S. Degree
  • Supply Chain Management A.A.S Degree
ICN (Iowa Communications Network) is a fiber optics system throughout the state of Iowa that allows courses to be delivered on a television network.  Students can participate in an ICN course offered through Iowa Central at any ICN location throughout the state.
High School Partnerships involve juniors and seniors enrolling in Iowa Central classes through the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act and through the Project Earlybird Program.  Freshmen or sophomores may enroll if they are identified as talented and gifted students.  Charter Schools are another option in order for high school students to earn college credits.  These programs were developed to offer a wider variety and to help add rigor to the students’ curriculum.