Career Academy Programs - DMACC Ankeny Campus


The DMACC Career Academy on the Ankeny Campus provides state-of-the-art career and technical training and college credit to high school students.

The educational academies on the Ankeny Campus are auto collision, automotive technology, business administration, computer programming, criminal justice, culinary arts, diesel technology, health occupations, horticulture, machine operations/tool & die, robotics and control systems engineering technology, and visual communication/graphic design.

DMACC Career Academy programs are college level coursework infused with professional skills. In addition to earning college credit, students in all programs will:

  • Learn, develop, and practice professional communication skills
  • Compose a professional resume
  • Complete job shadowing or internship experiences in business/industry

Classes Offered

These classes provide area high school students with excellent educational opportunities. All DMACC Career Academy programs are one year long (two semesters). Several academies offer a second year of programming. Students must complete Year 1 before enrolling in Year 2. Registration in these courses is handled by local guidance counselors and principals.

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Programs Available

Automotive Collision Technology
This program introduces students to the highly technological industry of Auto Collision and Repair. Students will gain experience in the areas of basic shop operations and procedures, welding, painting and shop safety. Fifteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings. Completion of this program as a high school student provides the opportunity to complete the college diploma program in two college semesters.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M-F 7:45-10:00am
CRR150Basic Shop Safety (Fall)1
CRR325Sheet Metal Fundamentals (Fall)5
CRR841Principles of Refinishing (Spring)5
CRR742Estimating Theory (Spring)2
CRR101Sheet Metal Welding (year-long)2
Automotive Mechanics Technology
The Automotive Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment in the automotive service industry. This technological program allows students to gain experience with shop tools, automotive engines, brakes, suspension and alignment. Twelve DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M-F 7:45-9:45am or 12:45 to 2:45pm
AUT111Intro to Auto Tech I (Fall)6
AUT112Intro to Auto Tech II (Spring)6
Business
The Business Academy is an exploratory academy for students who have an interest in entering the business profession but are not sure what pathway they want to go. Students are provided a foundation of business-related courses that will prepare them for entrance in multiple business-related postsecondary opportunities. Fourteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M–F, 12:50 - 2:50PM
ADM221Career Development Skills (Fall)2
MKT110Principles of Marketing (Fall)3
MGT145Human Relations in Management (Fall)3
MGT101Principles of Management (Spring)3
BUS102Intro to Business (Spring)3
Computer Programming
These courses provide an introduction to the latest in computer science and programming. Eighteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M–F, 7:45–9:45 a.m.
CIS125Intro to Programming w/Logic (Fall)3
CIS169C# (Fall)3
CIS303Intro to Database (Fall)3
CIS174Advanced C# Programming (Spring)3
CIS332Database & SQL (Spring)3
CIS940Software Project Application (Spring; 1st 5 weeks)1
CIS940Software Project Application (Spring; 2nd 5 weeks)1
CIS940Software Project Application (Spring; 3rd 5 weeks)1
Computer-Aided Design Technology
If you have mechanical aptitude, attention for detail, analytical thinking and are a dependable team member, CAD Tech could be for you. Careers in computer-aided design, including drawing in both two-dimensional and three dimensional realms, designing new products, creating models, and more. Through DMACC’s computer-aided design (CAD) technology program, you’ll learn how to use a variety of software packages, create prototypes, practice reverse engineering, perform geometric dimensioning, and more. Twelve DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered, M-F 12:45-2:45 p.m.
CAD151CAD Graphics I (Fall)6
CAD152CAD Graphics II (Spring)6
Criminal Justice
The Criminal Justice program introduces students into the field of criminal justice and a survey of its agencies, as well as an introduction to criminology and juvenile delinquency. This program prepares students to consider a career of service in a variety of areas, and lays the foundation of a college major of criminal justice. Twelve DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M–F, 7:45-9:45 a.m. OR 12:50-2:50 p.m.
CRJ100Intro to Criminal Justice (Fall)3
CRJ107Survey Criminal Justice Agencies (Fall)3
CRJ200Criminology (Spring)3
CRJ201Juvenile Delinquency (Spring)3
Culinary Arts
Through hands-on experience, you will learn the scientific principles used in food preparation, the hospitality industry, plus fundamentals of dining and sanitation. Twelve DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings. A second year of programming is available for returning students by arrangement.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M–F, 7:45–9:45 a.m. or 12:45–2:45 p.m.
HCM143Food Preparation I (Fall)3
HCM144Food Preparation Lab I (Fall)3
HCM152Food Preparation II (Spring)2
HCM153Food Preparation Lab II (Spring)2
HCM100Sanitation and Safety (Spring)2
Cybersecurity
As technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, the demand for an experienced and qualified workforce to protect our nation’s networks and information systems will only continue to grow. Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing industry with ever-increasing workforce needs. The DMACC Career Academy on the Ankeny Campus provides state-of-the-art career and technical training and college credit to high school students looking to enter the field of Cyber Security. Twelve DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered: M-F 12:45-2:45pm
NET166Applied Computer Security (Fall)3
NET168Administering Window Server (Fall)3
NET202Programming for Net Admins (Spring)3
NET402Linux Network Administration (Spring)3
Diesel Technology
This program prepares students for a career in the area of diesel repair. Instruction is in the repair, maintenance and testing of diesel engines, power trains and components of trucks and construction equipment. Twelve DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M–F, 12:45–2:45 p.m.
DSL546Power Trains I (Spring)6
DSL606Hydraulics & Brakes (Fall)6
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Ready to make a difference? The Emergency Medical Technician program will provide students with fundamental knowledge and skills needed to provide lifesaving services to your community. In EMT students will function in uncommon and high stress situations by performing comprehensive patient assessments, obtain vital signs, control hemorrhaging, bandage wounds, administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including use of automated external defibrillators and provide prehospital emergency medical care of simple and multiple system injuries. Six DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.

*Students will have the opportunity to enroll either Fall or Spring.

*Students must be 17 years of age by the first day of class which is August 26, 2020 for the Fall Semester and January 11, 2021 for the Spring Semester.

*In addition to classroom time, students will be required to attend clinical and field rotations during the course of the class which will require an investment of approximately 32 hours outside of the normal classroom hours. Students will also have to complete a criminal background check.

Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered: M-F 7:45-9:45am
EMS214Emergency Medical Technician (Fall or Spring)6
Fashion
Immerse yourself in a dynamic, creative environment with other students who are passionate about the apparel and interior fashion industry. Whether you want to design, learn the business, or discover the latest trends, we'll help you find your place in the fashion industry. Twelve DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings
Course # Course Name Credits
Times available: M-F, 12:50-2:15p.m
APP209 Textile Science (Fall)3
APP235Visual Merchandising Studio (Fall)3
APP261Fashion Industry Analysis (Spring)3
INT124Interior Design Analysis (Spring)3
Health Occupations

This year-long program will provide students the opportunity to explore careers in healthcare and work toward CNA training. Fourteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.

Students who enroll 7:45-9:45am will complete CNA in the fall and students who enroll in 12:45-2:45pm will complete CNA in the spring. 
*Courses require extended lab time in the evenings and/or weekends

Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M–F, 7:45–9:45 a.m. or 12:45–2:45 p.m.
HSC101Emergency Care1
HSC105Introduction to Health Occupations1
HSC109Exploring Health Careers and Building Teams3
HSC120Medical Terminology3
HSC172*Nurse Aide 75 Hours3
HSC182*Advanced Nurse Aide3
Machine Operation/Tool and Die
Students will learn the basics of welding, automation, machine tool operation (CNC), computer-aided drafting and design (CAD), and other workplace skills. Eleven DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M–F, 12:45–2:45 p.m.
MFG250Engine Lathe Theory (Fall)1
MFG251Engine Lathe Operations Lab (Fall)2
MFG260Mill Operations Theory (Spring)1
MFG261Mill Operations Lab I (Spring)2
MFG105Machine Shop Measuring (Spring)3
MFG121Machine Trade Print Reading I (Fall)2
Visual Communication
 Students will gain a skill set needed to produce at entry level within the graphic design industry. Coursework includes basic page layout, drawing, photo editing, design, type and Web. Software skills will be developed using several graphic-related programs: Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Fireworks and Dreamweaver. Fifteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M-F 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
GRD301Intro to Desktop Publishing (Fall)3
GRD403Communication Design I (Fall)3
GRD405Typography I (year-long)3
GRD463Photoshop (Spring)3
GRD470Interactive Media I (Spring)3