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Iowa community colleges earn accreditation

Officials with the state Department of Education said 11 community colleges earned accreditation

Eleven Iowa community colleges that educate high school students through concurrent enrollment programs have earned national accreditation, including several eastern Iowa colleges.

Officials with the state Department of Education said the 11 community colleges earned accreditation through the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), which validates the quality of programs that provide college courses to high school students.

The colleges earning accreditation in 2012 include Northeast Iowa Community College, Hawkeye Community College and Kirkwood Community College.

To earn accreditation from NACEP, the Iowa community colleges conducted extensive self-study, documented how their programs adhere to standards and were evaluated by peer reviewers from NACEP-accredited programs, state officials said in a statement.