Education
  • Cresco is home to Northeast Iowa Community College center. The Cresco Center is a valuable option for people of all ages who want to take college courses close to home. Students are able to take face to face classes, ICN classes, online classes, independent study classes, or telecourses through Northeast Iowa Community College without leaving Cresco!
  • The Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Cresco Center offers year-round, day and evening, credit and continuing education classes. NICC also supports local business' training opportunities.
  • The NICC Cresco Center is proud of it's close relationship with the Howard Winneshiek Community School District. A large percentage of the juniors and seniors at Crestwood High School are earning college and high school credit by taking courses at the NICC Cresco Center. The community has also shown its commitment to education by providing the school district with one of the most advanced computer network systems in any school district.Education Resources
  • Howard County Extension is part of a county, state and federal partnership bringing the resources of Iowa State University and the USDA to you.  Your local County Extension Office has research based information and education programs to help families, communities, agricultural clients, business and industry, and youth make informed decisions.  We provide information and informal educational opportunities to adults and youth on a variety of topics.  For more information  visit us atwww.extension.iastate.edu/howard/ or call us at 563-547-3001.  We are located at 132 1st Ave West in downtown Cresco.
  • Crestwood High School is located in Cresco and educates students in grades 9-12 with a rich and varied curriculum and a dedicated professional staff.  For more information, visit the District website at  www.howard-winn.k12.ia.us/
  • Kessel Kids, a non-profit day care center, is also located in the ECDC at 1135 Canterbury St. in Cresco. Day care services are offered from early morning hours into the evening to help meet the day care needs of working parents.  Visit them on the web at www.crescochamber.com/cresco/kessel.
  • Notre Dame Catholic School - "Assisting Families to Know and Share God's Love Through Quality Education".  Notre Dame is celebrating 126 years of Catholic education in Cresco.  We offer 3 and 4 year-old preschool classes as well as Kindergarten through grade 6.  Notre Dame is an Iowa Accredited School open to students of all faiths.  Our teachers are all Iowa Certified.  We provide a quality education in all core curriculum areas including Spanish and computer applications beginning in kindergarten.  To find out how we are instilling Christian values to help students face the challenges of life visit us at www.aea1.k12.ia.us/notredame.
  • The Crestwood Alternative High School provides another education choice for at-risk students who face challenges to completing high school in a traditional setting. Please contact the teacher, Ms. Julie Montgomery, at 563-547-2310 for more information.
  • The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), located at 1135 Canterbury Street in Cresco, opened in the summer of 2008. It houses the public pre-school classrooms, early childhood special education classrooms, and Head Start classrooms. In addition, offices for the HAWC Empowerment Partnerships for Children are located in the ECDC. Parents can easily contact HAWC representatives for assistance while their children are in classes at the ECDC. 
  • Crestwood Junior High offers our students an exciting and challenging curriculum taught by a professional staff trained to successfully educate pre-teens. Classes include mathematics, life and earth sciences, world geography, American heritage, English, reading, physical education, and current events; exploratory courses include art, music, and technology; advanced levels of mathematics and English are available to Gifted and Talented students; all 8th graders take a course entitled “Be an Eleven” in which they discuss issues that will face students as they progress through the teenage years.  Extracurricular opportunities include student council, band, chorus, art club, and a junior high drama production. Sports offerings include football, volleyball, wrestling, basketball, track, and cheerleading. Over 90% of our students participate in one or more extracurricular activities.  Visit us online by clicking Crestwood Jr. High.
  • Elementary Centers – The Howard-Winneshiek Community School District has elementary centers in Elma, Lime Springs, Ridgeway, and Cresco. These centers provide education to students for grades Pre-K through 6.  Starting in the fall of 2010, all 6th graders will be educated in Cresco. More information about each elementary center can be found on the District web page at http://www.howard-winn.k12.ia.us and click on the Elementary tab.
  • Northeast Iowa Community College Cresco Center is located in Cresco adjacent to Crestwood High School on Highway 9 East.  NICC Cresco Center offers continuing education classes, industry training, a variety of credit courses, GED classes, and day, evening and weekend classes in a variety of formats including face-to-face, online, ICN, and telecourses.
  • Over 85% of Crestwood seniors attend classes at NICC Cresco Center.  Also serving students from Riceville, Turkey Valley, and Fillmore Central High Schools.  We also offer a wide variety of personal interest, continuing education and small business and industry classes held in Cresco.  Nearly 100 different courses are offered each year. For more information please contact us at 563-547-3355 or at www.nicc.edu. 
  • Total Look School of Cosmetology and Massage Therapy’s principal mission is to educate students to help make them financially and personally successful in the career of Cosmetology and/or Massage Therapy. To graduate our students with the confidence and skills necessary to be successful and to enter any phase of our Cosmetology or Massage Therapy field. Our general philosophy is we will help, never harm. It is our mission, to teach our students not only to help others, but to also help themselves. It is our goal to have our students leave our school with the understanding of Massage and/or Cosmetology and also to have a greater awareness of themselves.  Classes start in January, April, July and October.  We offer a 2100 hour cosmetology program and a 600 hour massage therapy program.  Call us at 563-547-3624 to find out more about our educational opportunities.  Business Hours:  Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm & Wednesday Evenings until 7pm
  • The public system, the Howard-Winneshiek School District, consistently scores well above the state average in statewide testing. And this is in a state that takes education very seriously, leading the nation in those same test scores. The result is a highly trainable workforce where job quality is paramount and self satisfaction is a way of life.