Majors Eligible to Join

Program Description

The Technology Learning Community (TLC) helps you explore options and make the transition to ABE and Iowa State successfully. Students in the TLC learning community get a head start on their college careers by getting involved in their major and ABE faculty as soon as they step on campus. (ABE - the department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering - is the home department for AST and ITec.) Upperclassmen serve as Peer Mentors to help guide TLC students in their transition into Iowa State. TLC students take courses together and enhance their skills in mathematics, physical science, problem solving, and competencies necessary for career success.  Social activities and the ITec and AST student clubs help round out the TLC learning community experience.

Living Options

Our freshmen/sophomore ABE Living Community is located on the 3rd and 4th floors of Maple Hall, and 4th floor of Helser.

Signing up

To sign up for a residential learning community, simply select your learning community preference when filling out your Department of Residence contract in the Housing portal. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.” Sign up for the learning community course(s) takes place at summer orientation.


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Jordan Smith

AST Advisor

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Tamara Kerns

ITec Advisor