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Indian Hills Community College
Indian Hills Community College
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TypeCommunity College
Endowment$30 million (FY 2016)[1]
PresidentDr. Marlene Sprouse
Campuses in Ottumwa and Centerville
ColorsMaroon and Gold
MascotWarriors, Falcons (baseball)

Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) is a public community college in Iowa with campuses located in Ottumwa, Iowa and Centerville, Iowa. IHCC serves both traditional residential students and commuter students, primarily from a ten-county area in southeast Iowa as well as portions of northern Missouri.[2] IHCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.[3]


Indian Hills Community College was formed by the consolidation of three previously existing post-secondary education institutions: Iowa Tech-Area XV Community College, Centerville Community College, and Ottumwa Heights College. The first steps toward merger took place on June 3, 1966 under the guidance of the Iowa Board of Public Instruction, with operations beginning on July 1, 1966.[2] At first known as the Iowa Tech Area XV Community College, classes were held at the Ottumwa Regional Airport and consisted of technical programs formerly administrated by the Ottumwa public school district. Centerville Community College was added to the fold on July 1, 1968, with a new 72-acre campus completed in 1970.[2] The merged institutions were renamed Indian Hills Community College in 1970.[2]



The main campus is located in Ottumwa, encompassing all of the former Ottumwa Heights facilities, plus several other buildings added since the consolidation. Included are residential halls, Advance Technology Center, and the Hellyer Student Center, where the IHCC Warriors basketball team play. The second Ottumwa campus, known as North Campus, is based on 270 acres at Ottumwa Regional Airport. This campus is the base for IHCC's aviation programs, commercial driver training, welding technology center and auto collision repair programs. The Job Corps training facility is also located at the IHCC North campus.


The modular design of the IHCC-Centerville campus.
"The Barn" at IHCC-Centerville is a popular place to grab a snack or study between classes.

A third campus is located in Centerville, Iowa. Completed in 1970, the Centerville campus consists of a series of single-story modular buildings connected by walkways. It is located in a rural setting on the west edge of the community.[4] A variety of specialized technology programs as well as general education classes are offered at IHCC -Centerville. The IHCC Falcons, the college's baseball team, practice and play their home games at Pat Daugherty Field on the Centerville campus.[4] In May, 2013 school officials announced a major expansion to IHCC - Centerville's Sustainable agriculture program. Philanthropist and Appanoose County, Iowa native Morgan E. Cline donated $500,000 dollars for the construction of a large greenhouse, learning center, classrooms, and distribution center for the produce grown.[5] The new complex, to be built adjacent to the Centerville IHCC campus, will also offer community outreach events such as tours and continuing education classes in subjects ranging from back yard gardening to food packaging.[6]

Organization and administration

The college has experienced relatively low turnover in the school administration since its founding. Dr. Mel Everingham, who oversaw the merger of the disparate institutions into IHCC, remained on as the college's first President, serving until 1973.[2] Dr. Lyle Hellyer took over as President in 1973 and over the next twenty-eight years orchestrated considerable growth in campus facilities, student enrollment, and program offerings. He retired in 2001 and the Hellyer Student Life center is named in his honor. In 2001 Dr. Jim Linenmayer was named the third President of IHCC.[2] Linenmayer began his career at Indian Hills in 1980 as a college recruiter.[7] Under his leadership student enrollment increased by 45-percent, the Job Corps center was opened, and new academic programs were introduced.[7] In early May, 2013 Lindenmayer announced his retirement as IHCC President.[7] On May 13, 2013 the IHCC Board of Trustees named Dr. Marlene Sprouse as Lindenmayer's successor. Sprouse, previously the Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs, becomes the colleges fourth President when Lindenmayer officially steps down in Fall, 2013. She is an IHCC alumnus and previously served as Dean of the IHCC - Centerville campus.[8]


Indian Hills Community College Associate degrees, certificates, and diplomas.


IHCC "Falcons" baseball complex in Centerville.

Indian Hills participates in the National Junior College Athletic Association in the following sports.[9]

  • Women: Volleyball, soccer, softball, cross country, and track and field, Wrestling
  • Men: Basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, cross country, and track and field, Wrestling
  • Coed: Cheer team and sports shooting.

The Lady Warriors softball team began at the Centerville campus in the mid-1970s, but since 1988 have been based in Ottumwa. They have made 16 appearances in the National Junior College Athletic Association softball tournament. Home games are played at R.L. Hellyer Field, next to their indoor practice facility, funded by and named for IHCC alumnus Tom Arnold.[10]

The men's basketball team pulled off a "three-peat" in the late 1990s, winning the NJCAA National Championship back-to-back-to-back in 1997, 1998, and 1999. The Warriors also advanced to the NJCAA National Championship game in 2014, but lost to Jones County Junior College 87-77.[11] The Indian Hills men's golf team also won an NJCAA Championship in 2000, 2011, and 2012.[12] Indian Hills golfers have also won individual NJCAA national championships as well: Adam Collins was Division II champion in 2003, and Brad Smith was NJCAA Division I individual national co-champion in 2006.[12]

All teams use "Warriors" as a mascot/name except for the baseball team and the wrestling teams which use "Falcons", an homage to their past heritage as Centerville Junior College. The baseball team has made eleven trips to the Junior College World Series.[13]

Student life

IHCC offers on-campus student housing at the main Ottumwa campus and the Centerville campus. Both apartment-style and traditional double-occupancy dorm rooms are available. All are non-smoking. Internet, cable television, and telephone service are provided. All dormitories are air-conditioned and laundry facilities are available.[14] A student health and wellness clinic staffed by a Registered Nurse practitioner is located in Trustee's Hall on the main Ottumwa campus.

Extracurricular activities available include over forty clubs and organizations. A variety of organized intramural sports are offered. Students interested in the performing arts can participate in school-sponsored theater productions, the Camerata Singers, the IHCC Jazz band or the Warrior Basketball band. Those with interest in the written word may participate in a variety of poetry readings through the academic year and submit their own work for publication in the Hills Review: The Journal of Student Poetry.[15]

Notable people


  1. ^ Annual Report
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Mission and History". Indian Hills CC website. 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Accreditation". Indian Hills CC website. 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Centerville campus-About". Indian Hills CC website. 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "College receives a half a million dollar gift". KTVO-TV via website. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "Local sustainability program gifted $500K". KMCD radio via their website. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ a b c Allt, Kate (7 May 2013). "Lindenmaayer set to retire after 33 years at Indian Hills". KTVO-TV via website. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "IHCC Board of Trustees names new President". KTVO-TV via website. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-10. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "IHCC Softball". Indian Hills CC website. 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ "IHCC-Jones County NJCAA National Championship Game". KTVO-TV via station website. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ a b "NJCAA Men's Golf National Champions" (PDF). National Junior College Athletic Association. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 2013.
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  14. ^ "Housing". IHCC website. 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ "Student activities". IHCC website. 2013. Retrieved 2013.

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Coordinates: 41°02?42?N 92°23?38?W / 41.045°N 92.394°W / 41.045; -92.394

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