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ICAN Expands to Ottumwa, Opens Student Success Center

October 21, 2013



ICAN Expands to Ottumwa, Opens Student Success Center

Indian Hills partnership will expand career and college access for area students

OTTUMWA, IOWA – (October 21, 2013) – The Iowa College Access Network (ICAN), a nonprofit organization that provides college and career readiness programs and financial literacy planning to Iowa students from middle school through college, has partnered with Indian Hills Community College to open a new Student Success Center on campus in Ottumwa. ICAN’s mission is to empower Iowans to achieve their educational and career goals through statewide comprehensive outreach, initiatives and partnerships with schools, groups and businesses.

“The Southeast Iowa Student Success Center is an important step in our goal of providing true statewide service to Iowa families,” said Rob Miller, executive director of ICAN. “This Student Success Center will provide “local” services across a 15-county radius encompassing 43 high schools and approximately 13,000 students. We are proud of the partnership we have created with Indian Hills Community College and hope to increase the awareness of college access needs across Southeast Iowa, so more students are able to reach their full potential, achieve a college degree and attain a fulfilling career.”

The presence of ICAN in Ottumwa has been made possible through the donation of space by Indian Hills Community College. “Indian Hills Community College is excited about our partnership with the Iowa College Access Network on our Ottumwa Campus.  ICAN has a passion for working with students and their families as they plan for college and career goals,” said Chris Bowser, dean of student services at Indian Hills Community College. “ICAN will work with the Educational Opportunity Center staff at Indian Hills to provide services that empower Iowans to achieve their educational and career goals.” 

In the 2012-2013 academic year, ICAN assisted more than 450,000 students and parents statewide. By having this new ICAN Student Success Center in Ottumwa, ICAN and Indian Hills Community College hope to assist even more individuals find a path to their future.  

ICAN provides its services onsite at 99 percent of the state’s high schools.  To bring this programming directly to students, parents, and schools statewide, ICAN works with a variety of business and industry partners, colleges and universities, and financial institutions to enable print, digital, and in-person services to be delivered.

The new ICAN location is now offering one-on-one high school, college planning and financial aid appointments. All ICAN services are provided at no cost to students, parents, or participating schools.

The ICAN Southeast Iowa Student Success Center is located at 525 Grandview Avenue on the Indian Hills Community College campus in Ottumwa. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (877) 272-4692 or visit 

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About ICAN

The Iowa College Access Network is a nonprofit, educational organization. ICAN is the College Access Network for Iowa, and a member of the National College Access Network (NCAN). ICAN has eight locations in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Orange City, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Waterloo, which provide information and support to students and their families as they plan their postsecondary education and apply for financial aid. All ICAN programs and services are provided without charge. For more information about ICAN, call (877) 272-4692 or visit


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