CLINTON — With a new academic year about to begin, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges are making final preparations for the Aug. 21 start of fall classes.

EICC includes Clinton, Muscatine and Scott community colleges, where registration is well underway. Students can call the colleges to make an appointment to register anytime during the week. To help students with busy weekday schedules, all three colleges have set a special Aug. 12 registration session from 9 a.m. to noon.

Students are encouraged to begin the registration process as soon as possible to provide them a better chance to not only get the classes they want, but to get them at the times they want them.

Staff members will be on hand to answer any questions about college programs. All the services students need to register will be open and available, including advising, financial aid and orientation.

State universities and private colleges work with EICC on formal transfer agreements, guaranteeing that students completing their associate of arts degree here will be able to easily transfer their credits. In addition, joint admissions agreements with state universities mean students are simultaneously admitted both here and the university to which they intend to transfer.

The college also offers 32 career technology programs designed to allow students to enter directly into the job market. The programs range from a semester in length to a full associate of applied science degree.

Financial aid is still available for the upcoming academic year and EICC’s tuition continues to be among the most competitive in the state.

For students who have trouble juggling work and family schedules with attending classes, the college offers an extensive online program. Thanks to a unique statewide partnership with other community colleges, students can earn their associate of arts degree entirely online.

And for adult students, the college recently introduced a new Degree Plan for Working Adults specifically designed to fit around busy work and family schedules.

The college’s main campuses are located at:

– Clinton Community College, 1000 Lincoln Blvd., Clinton.

– Muscatine Community College, 152 Colorado St., Muscatine.

– Scott Community College, 500 Belmont Road, Bettendorf.

For more information about starting classes, call 1-888-336-3907 or visit www.eicc.edu.

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