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Online/Distance Learning

NC-SARA logoWe’re glad you’re taking the time to get more information about online/distance learning, and perhaps even taking the next steps toward enrollment, registration and participation. Navigating your way through college can be challenging when you’re on a new campus, and sometimes even more challenging when you’re online. We hope the information below and on the pages listed to the left will be of great help to you.

Ellsworth Community College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. This means that ECC can enroll fully-online students only if the student is 1) from a SARA-approved state within the United States and its territories, or if the student is 2) an international student. Here is the list of states that have been fully accepted into SARA.  Questions can be directed to the ECC Admissions Office.

Here’s what to do next …

  1. You will need access to a computer to take an online course. Check out the other technical requirements for our online courses
  2. All students are assigned an academic advisor. To start the application and registration process, contact the ECC Admissions Office. Depending on your degree program, you may be assigned a faculty advisor … the Admissions staff will help with that process.
  3. Apply to Ellsworth Community College.
  4. Submit your ACT or ACCUPLACER scores to the ECC Admissions Office.
  5. Submit your official high school transcripts (or High School Equivalency Diploma/HSED) and college transcripts from all previous institutions to the ECC Admissions Office at 1100 College Avenue, Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126.
  6. Review and follow the ECC Financial Aid Checklist, which will direct you to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid/FAFSA.
  7. Register for classes. The ECC Admissions Office staff will guide you to the current class schedule for online classes.
  8. All of our fully online courses are taught on our Blackboard Learn platform as of Fall 2015. Once you have a student identification number, you will have access to a Blackboard Learn account.

Quality Matters!

Quality Matters ( is a national organization for the promotion of excellence in online/distance education classes. These ECC classes have been nationally certified by a Quality Matters team including one subject matter expert in the course area for meeting or exceeding national standards for excellence in an online distance education class:

  • MAT 156 – Statistics I
  • SPC 112 – Public Speaking
  • HIS112 – Western Civilization
  • ENG 106 – Composition II
  • PHI 101 – Intro. to Philosophy
  • MAT 219 – Calculus III
  • PHI 105 – Introduction to Ethics
  • CSC 118 – Computer Systems & Applications
  • ENG 111 – Technical Writing
  • BIO 532 – Human Body: Health & Disease
  • BIO 151 – Nutrition

These online education experiences are some of the best that we have to offer. Additionally, April Graveman also received the ITC (Instructional Technology Council) 2013 Distinguished Educator award for excellence and achievement in online/distance learning education. The ITC is a national organization supporting online/distance learning education.


Adriane Sietsema

Adriane Sietsema

Adriane is an ECC alumni and Minnesota native (go Vikes!) who loves working in community college admissions. She earned an associate’s deg...

Adriane is an ECC alumni and Minnesota native (go Vikes!) who loves working in community college admissions. She earned an associate’s degree at Ellsworth and then transferred to Buena Vista University, where she earned a bachelor’s in Business Management/Human Resources and later on a master’s degree in Business Administration/Quality Management from Upper Iowa University. Adriane...

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