Cascade is nestled between a multitude of different higher education establishments with a total student population of more than 60,000 within a 60 mile radius.
Dubuque County is home to five colleges. Clarke University is a Catholic, co-educational, liberal arts institution founded in 1843 and is the only BVM College in the United States. Loras College is a four-year, Catholic, coeducational, liberal arts college founded in 1839. The University of Dubuque (UD) is a small, private university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) founded in 1852 offering undergraduate, graduate, and theological seminary programs.
Cascade has access to two quality community colleges: Northeast Iowa Community College and Kirkwood Community College. Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) provides accessible, affordable, quality education and training to meet the needs of our communities. Kirkwood Community College’s main campus is located in Cedar Rapids and serving the Jones county area. Jones Regional Education Center in Monticello is also affiliated with Kirkwood Community College. This center was established to provide high school students with the opportunity to take college-level courses. The center also has a greater focus on the skilled trades.