Within that key word—community—our college reaches out to help people learn, build skills and improve lives. It’s what we have been about since our founding in 1966, when a few dedicated people launched a new kind of higher education with little more than determination, toil and vision. We take that idea to heart and try our best to live the spirit of that idea every day. In many ways, we reflect the neighborhoods and towns throughout our seven-county service area. But we are also a part of a wider community, working in partnership with our many four-year colleges and universities, business and industry partners, and the wide web of active citizens from whom we draw strength, wisdom and guidance.
Today we provide education to nearly 25,000 students in college credit classes and another 41,000 people in our continuing education and training programs. During this last year we welcomed students from every county in Iowa, more than 30 other states and 90-plus other nations. But mainly we welcome our own to our dozen Kirkwood locations: Of every 20 students, 19 of them come from within 50 miles of Cedar Rapids. Some are too young to have a driver’s license. Hundreds more are members of AARP. Their common bond is that desire to learn that keeps them going. This spirit drives us to seek new learning possibilities for everyone we serve. It is that spark and desire that pushes motivated humans ahead and has fueled human progress for centuries.