Washington County Regional Center

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Washington County Regional Center

Kirkwood's Washington County Regional Center offers all the services of a community college, right in your backyard!

Complete a college degree with Liberal Arts and Science transfer courses, earn college credit while in high school through our industry-focused Career Academies, earn your high school equivalency diploma, learn English language skills, or simply take continuing education classes, and more!

No matter what you're looking for to improve your future, you can find it at the Washington County Regional Center. 

Kirkwood For Kids is back for summer 2021, scroll down to check out our new exciting three-day format camps for kids.

Kirkwood’s Washington County Regional Center features innovative programming provided through partnerships with several local high schools. The unique cooperation gets high school students hands-on career experience and transferrable college credit at NO COST to their families!

The Washington County Regional Center offers students the opportunity to participate in several different Career Academy programs. These Career Academy programs are designed to give students a jump start on their college career and explore for a possible career.

Career Academies are scheduled during morning and afternoon sessions. High school students spend about half of their day at the Regional Center and the other half back at their high school.

Talk to your high school guidance counselor to see the complete Career Academy schedule and to determine which session would work best with your schedule.


  • Morning Academies meet Monday – Friday, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Morning Companion Courses meet 9:55 – 10:50 a.m.
  • Afternoon Academies meet Monday – Friday, 1:25 – 2:55 p.m.
  • Afternoon Companion Courses meet 12:05 – 1 p.m.

Whether you want to advance your professional career or enrich your personal life, Continuing Education can help you achieve your goals. We offer top quality classes, workshops, certificate, and training programs taught by highly skilled instructors. At Washington County Regional Center, our state-of-the art classrooms and lab spaces allow us to offer innovative options including:

  • Stick and MIG Welding courses
  • Welding Metal Art
  • Digital Photography
  • Historical County Tours
  • Basic Home Improvement series – including interior, exterior and electrical home repair and kitchen and bath remodeling
  • Bend and Brew Happy Hour Yoga
  • Babysitter Certification Course
  • Basic Cake and Holiday Cookie Decorating
  • Kirkwood for Kids Summer Camp programming


  • Adult Literacy and English as a Second Language courses
  • College readiness assessment, placement exams, and National Career Readiness Certification
  • Adult High School diploma and HiSET
  • Washington Regional Alternative Program (WRAP) – an alternative high school program for students in partner school districts. To determine eligibility, students should contact their high school regarding the application process.
  • Writing lab, developmental math emporium, test center, and tutor center
  • Financial aid services, academic advising, career counseling, and more! 

Kirkwood For Kids Camp 

Kirkwood for Kids is back! We missed you last year! With safety and engaging classes the top priority, our new three-day format provides each student with even more classroom experiences while in a safe learning environment. Students will build lasting friendships in their cohort groups, and extended classroom times allow for thorough investigation of each topic.

What does the new format look like?

  • Camp days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday will be utilized for cleaning and sanitation.
  • Convenient camp hours of 9 a.m. – noon.  A group of 2 boys and 3 girls laying on grass outside on a sunny day are propped up on their elbows smiling at the camera with a sun dappled background behind them
  • Each student attends two different 90-minute classes each day for a total of SIX classes throughout the week.
  • Camp enrollment numbers will be limited for both safety and individualized attention. Only 20 students per age group will be allowed, so sign up now to reserve your spot!
  • Each age group has two teams that learn together as a cohort, limiting exposure to others
  • Face masks are required within the building
  • Easy online enrollment is available, and tuition can be paid by credit card.
  • New this year — two weeks to choose from! June 14, 16, and 18 or July 26, 28, and 30.

Register for Washington County Kirkwood for Kids Camps

2021 Camp Details

Students should select grade groupings based on grade enrolled in as of May 1, 2021.

Kindergarten Camp
Three days of fun and engaging themes! Going on a Bear Hunt, Crazy Concoctions, and Ocean Exploration. Tuition: $70

1st – 2nd Grade Camp
Students will rotate through six fun classes! Slime, Slime All of the Time!, The Counting Chef, Edible Art, Fitness Frenzy, Fairy Forests & Gnome Gardens, To Infinity & Beyond. Tuition: $70  Two boys in safety glasses and surgical gloves stare at a glass beaker watching a chemical change occur.

3rd – 5th Grade Camp
Students will rotate through five fun classes! Fiesta for Kids, Wilderness Survival, Weird Science, Coding 101, and Construct and Create (two-day offering). Tuition: $70

6th – 8th Grade Camp
Students will select one camp offering for the week. Welding Metal Creations, Master Mechanic or Future Fashionista. Tuition: $95

Kirkwood For Kids Camp Descriptions

Kirkwood For Kids Kindergarten Camp offers students the opportunity to experience hands-on learning through a variety of exciting and entertaining themes. Kindergarten campers have plenty of opportunities to use their imagination in the classroom. The Kindergarten Camp gives students the chance to make new friends while experiencing a day by the ocean and even going on a bear hunt. Each day the students will explore a new theme with age-appropriate and engaging crafts, games, and other theme-based activities.

There’s something new every day at camp for our first and second graders! Students will rotate through six fun classes through the week, including Slime, Slime All of the Time!, The Counting Chef, Edible Art, Fitness Frenzy, Fairy Forests & Gnome Gardens, and To Infinity & Beyond.

Third through fifth graders get to rotate through five unique classes over the course of three days. There is something for everyone! Courses include Fiesta for Kids, Wilderness Survival, Weird Science, Coding 101, and Construct and Create. 

Welding Metal Creations
Learn to cut and weld steel using a wire welder, cutting torch and plasma cutter — just like the pros. No prior experience necessary. Proper safety will be covered. Leather shoes, long sleeves, and long pants are required. Projects will vary.


Master Mechanic
Love learning about cars? In a state-of-the-art auto lab, learn basic automotive knowledge and try your hand at routine auto repairs. Be the car expert in your family and go-to person for quick fixes and car facts.


Future Fashionista
Have you dreamed of visiting well-known fashion hotspots such as Paris, Milan, and NYC? Want to express your creativity and become a fashion trendsetter? Learn how to create customized looks in a virtual platform and in real life! Explore color palettes, select fashion for body shapes, and complete a personal style analysis. Plus, enjoy field-trips to apparel boutiques that give you the chance to learn even more from fashion industry experts.

Meet Our Staff

Tera Pickens
Title: Director
Phone: 319-653-4655 ext. 2203
Email: tera.pickens@kirkwood.edu
Bridgett Arreola
Title: Center Assistant
Phone: 319-653-4655 ext. 2209
Email: bridgett.arreola@kirkwood.edu
Julie Messer
Title: Office Assistant
Phone: 319-653-4655 ext. 5044
Email: julie.messer@kirkwood.edu
Monie Hayes
Title: Adult Literacy Coordinator/ELL Coordinator
Phone: 319-653-4655 ext. 2204
Email: monie.hayes@kirkwood.edu
Ryan Ronan
Title: Student Academic Support Coordinator
Phone: 319-653-4655 ext. 2208
Email: ryan.ronan@kirkwood.edu

Contact Us 

2192 Lexington Blvd.

Washington, Iowa 52353

Call the Washington County Regional Center: 319-653-4655

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