Gainful Employment Programs

The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions to disclose to prospective students particular information regarding their educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. While all of Hawkeye’s programs are designed to lead to either employment and/or college transfer, federal regulations require the disclosure of information for certificates and diploma programs. The disclosures for each of those that meet the gainful employment provisions are available on the pages linked to below.



  • Dental Assisting
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant
  • Veterinary Assisting

The Department of Education published a final rule on July 1, 2019, rescinding the Department’s gainful employment (GE) regulations (2014 Rule), effective July 1, 2020. The final rule also allowed institutions to implement the rescission early. Hawkeye Community College opted for early implementation effective July 1, 2019.

We continue to believe that students have the right to information about all programs’ costs, course sequence, certification requirements, transfer and career opportunities, potential employment and future wages related to their program of study, among other things; which may be found on specific programs web pages. In addition, every student works with an advisor to create an appropriate academic evaluation plan to ensure students complete a degree, diploma, or certificate in a timely and effective manner. Budget planning, responsible borrowing, and career research are also highly encouraged along the way. We are here to help students get answers to make informed educational decisions and achieve their goals.

Contact Information

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Hawkeye Center 118
800-670-4769 ext.4020
319-209-9239 (text only)
319-296-4495 (fax)
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