Linn County Regional Center

Linn County Regional Center

Located on Boyson Road in Hiawatha, the Linn County Regional Center offers in-person courses and various educational services for traditional students and adult learners, as well as dual-credit opportunities for current high schoolers.

The Linn County Regional Center is also the primary location for the Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapy Assistant programs. Required program conferences and placement testing, as well as prerequisites and core arts and sciences classes, are all offered directly at the center.

Area high school students can enroll in Career Academies – dual-credit programs focused around certain careers and areas of interest – at Kirkwood's Regional Center at the University of Iowa. Career Academies give students the opportunity to explore potential career paths and get a headstart on their college degreee – at NO COST to them or their families. 

The center includes all the resources adult learners need to succeed at Kirkwood. Find information about classes, advisors who can help you make the right decisions, and much more! 

Start off closer to home! Traditional students can start toward any of our 130+ degree programs by taking general education courses at Jones County Regional Center. 

Meet Our Staff

Mindy Thornton
Title: Director
Email: mindy.thornton@kirkwood.edu
Bio: A Kirkwood Administrator since June 2006, Mindy brings a positive attitude, forward-thinking strategy, and a strong background in communication, community relations, and student services to the team as Director of the Linn County Regional Center. Mindy is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communications and has a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from St. Ambrose University. As a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Mindy helps others identify and aim their unique talents to their work in order to consistently bring their "A-game" and strengths to the workplace and organization as a whole.  
Cody Simpson
Title: Department Coordinator
Email: cody.simpson@kirkwood.edu
Bio: Cody joined Linn Regional Center’s staff in 2014. As Department Coordinator, he works extensively with the College Credit in High School program. Prior to his role at Kirkwood, Cody attended Wartburg College, where he graduated with a degree in Business. Cody enjoys playing ice hockey, making electronic music, watching hockey and soccer, and spending time with his wife, Katie.
Sarah Matheny
Title: Career Development Coordinator
Email: sarah.washler@kirkwood.edu
Bio: Sarah joined the Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center staff in August 2016. In her role as Career Development Coordinator she works extensively with area high school students who are enrolled in one of our twenty Career Academy offerings. Sarah is responsible for assisting students as they earn college credit while in high school. A University of Iowa grad, she enjoys cheering on the Hawkeyes, traveling, being outdoors and spending time with her family, friends, and her sweet fur baby, George. 
Amber Aiken
Title: Department Assistant
Email: amber.aiken@kirkwood.edu
Bio: Amber works in the Test Center at Kirkwood’s Linn Regional Center and is available to answer questions and book rooms throughout the building. She is a Kirkwood graduate as well as a lifelong Iowan and proud Hawkeye fan. In her free time, Amber enjoys being creative with photography and art, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Connie Gross
Title: PT Test Center Associate
Email: connie.gross@kirkwood.edu
Bio: Connie has been employed at Kirkwood for 15 years. She currently works in the Test Center, helping both students and faculty with their testing needs. Prior to her work at Kirkwood, Connie attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and now exhibits her paintings in various locations around the Corridor. She also works as the Federal Court Sketch Artist for the local ABC affiliate, KCRG/TV9.
Craig O’Brien
Title: PT Test Center Associate
Email: cobrien@kirkwood.edu
Bio: Craig has worked for Kirkwood’s Linn County Regional Center since it opened in fall 2013. Prior to that, he was Kirkwood’s Director of Media and AV Services for 23 years. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Craig now helps troubleshoot technical issues, provides AV assistance, and works in the Test Center.
Andrew Wixcel
Title: PT Test Center Associate
Email: andrew.wixcel@kirkwood.edu
Bio: Andrew assists Test Center students at Kirkwood’s Linn County Regional Center. He received his bachelor's degree in Human Services from Upper Iowa University and his Masters in Human Service Administration from the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to his role at Kirkwood, Andrew lived in Dallas, Texas. He enjoys art and painting in oils. Andrew lives with his adorable dog, Atticus Finch.

Additional Services & Partnerships

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.

Through ICAN, the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa can help students 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.

Corporate training can help teams take advantage of opportunities, work more harmoniously, and be more effective. Linn County Regional Center can host a wide range of corporate training options individualized to your organization's needs. 

Linn County Regional Center houses the Workplace Learning Connection, which brings high school students together with local business and industry to provide job shadows and internships. 

The Linn County Regional Center offers a wide range of test services, including college placement testing, classroom makeup exams, Distance Learning course exams for students enrolled in WebLive and online programming, proctored exams for other institutions, and more.

Photo identification is required for all tests, and testing is done by appointment only. All tests must be completed 15 minutes prior to closing.

Testing Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ready to schedule a test?

Call 319-398-4837 to get started.


Contact Us

1770 Boyson Road
Hiawatha, IA

Call the Linn County Regional Center: 319-398-1052

Email: linn.regional@kirkwood.edu

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