The quality of our education is evident in our skilled workforce.  Our region is home to more than 50,000 students enrolled in post-secondary education.

Nationally Recognized 

The University of Iowa in Iowa City is highly ranked among top universities by U.S. News & World Report.  In Cedar Rapids, Coe College, Mount Mercy University and Cornell College (next door, in Mt. Vernon) are all excellent private schools.

Kirkwood Community College, recognized as one of the nation's top two-year colleges, has campuses throughout our seven county region and offers a vast array of education opportunites, including career training and core fundamentals.

In addition, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa are within a few hours drive.

Higher Education Connection

The Higher Education Connection is comprised of colleges, universities, and education centers including Coe College, Cornell College, Kirkwood Community College, Mt. Mercy University, University of Iowa, Kaplan University, and ITT Technical Institute. The organization hosts events throughout the year in Iowa's Creative Corridor to connect employers, students and the community. Event topics have ranged from internships and career planning tips to hiring international students and brain drain.