Kirkwood Regional Center at University of Iowa

Kirkwood Regional Center at University of Iowa

The Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa offers traditional college programming as well as:

  • Innovative, high tech career academies with industry-recognized certifications
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences transfer courses
  • College readiness assessment and placement exams, including the National Career Readiness Certification
  • Scholarship and financial aid services, academic advising, and career counseling services
  • Kirkwood Continuing Education courses and certification programs

Students may follow several pathways after completing Kirkwood's career academies, including college certificates, diplomas, associates, bachelor's, and graduate degrees and even immediate employment.

Regional Center Services

ICAN empowers Iowans to achieve their educational and career goals through statewide comprehensive outreach, initiatives and partnerships with schools, groups, and businesses. The program helps more than 300,000 students, parents, and education professionals prepare for college each year.

  • Learn more about ICAN.

Lupe Hernandez, an ICAN student success advisor, is located in the main office of the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa. Lupe can help at any stage of the planning process, from determining career choices, to lining up colleges that offer the appropriate programs and majors, to coming up with a strategy to finance it all. Hablo Español.

STEM graduates are in great demand to meet current and future workforce needs. Created with the goal of increasing STEM interest and achievement, the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council is a collaboration of bipartisan Iowa legislators, educators, businesses, nonprofits, students, and families focused on improving STEM opportunities and awareness in Iowa.

Kristine Bullock, regional STEM manager, and Dave Jacoby, community liaison, located in the lower level of the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa, are continuously looking for ways to engage educators, businesses, and community organizations to strengthen the STEM pipeline from school to careers. 

Fully embedded in the learning experience at the Regional Center, the Workplace Learning Connection (WLC) connects high school students with businesses to provide job shadows and internships. Our programming aligns with many “hot jobs” students want including health care occupations, engineering, and education.

WLC staff members are located in the main office of the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa. They can help you get connected to future careers through work-based learning.

Meet Our Staff

Jon is the director of the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa. Other than a brief stint in radio, Jon has spent his 27-year career at Kirkwood Community College working in the departments of Distance Learning, Information Technology, Continuing Education, and Student Services. Jon has served and currently serves on several non-profit boards as well as the City of Coralville’s Civil Service Commission and the United Way Board of Johnson and Washington Counties. Jon and his wife of 27 years, Cherrie, have four daughters ages 11 to 23. Utilizing his major within radio/television, he has honed his public address skills and announces track meets for a variety of institutions and events, including The University of Iowa, The University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, and Iowa State University.

Since 2009, he has served on the announcing staff of one of the most prestigious track meets in the world, the Drake Relays, and announced at the Big Ten Outdoor and NCAA Division I Track and Field meets. Jon enjoys offering great experiences to students who come to the Regional Center and helping them to find their path beyond high school.



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Andrew has enjoyed working more than 18 years in higher education recruitment and serves as the Department Coordinator at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa.  Most of Andrew’s work involves working behind the scenes in order to serve students. 

He earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa.  Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and their 3 boys.  He currently volunteers and holds a leadership role with the Knights of Columbus in Marion having earned Knight of the Year Award in 2016.  In the past Andrew has served numerous committees, attended and graduated from leadership academies, and served as volunteer for organizations like Junior Achievement, youth baseball leagues, local churches, and the YMCA to name a few.