Iowa New Choices / Help for Economically Disadvantaged Students

​DMACC's Coordinator of Student and Community Resources (Iowa New Choices) is available at the Boone and Carroll campuses and assists:

  • Single parents who have full or joint custody of minor children
  • Female offenders
  • Homemakers who are displaced due to loss of a breadwinner's income
  • Low income, full-time homemakers, including those receiving public assistance who need to enter the job market
  • Dislocated workers
  • Low-income individuals needing assistance to prepare for employment

Program Services:

Iowa New Choices promotes participants' personal, academic, and career growth through a variety of services.

Career Assessment and Counseling - The I Have a Plan Iowa career exploration program and informal counseling with the Center Coordinator are available through Iowa New Choices. Additionally, other DMACC staff members are available to assist participants in determining possible careers.

Academic, Pre-enrollment, and Financial Aid Counseling- Assistance is available for those individuals wishing to enroll in college in deciding on appropriate classes and programs, applying to DMACC, and finding financial aid.

Pre-employment Counseling - Iowa New Choices offers assistance with job seeking skills such as résumé writing and interviewing techniques.

Referral to Appropriate Supportive Agencies - Individuals needing additional assistance to meet their needs are referred to appropriate agencies.

Financial Assistance for Child Care and Transportation - Eligible individuals may receive child care and transportation assistance.

Boone Campus Coordinator of Student & Community Resources
Iowa New Choices:

Erin Neumann
Hours: Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Carroll Campus Coordinator of Student & Community Resources
Iowa New Choices:
Connie Hoffman

Additional community and financial aid resources are available at the following sites:

Audubon, Calhoun, Carroll, Dallas, Greene, Guthrie, and Sac Counties Resource Directories

Boone County Human Services Council

DMACC Area Resource Guide

Greater Des Moines Area Shelter and Services (PDF document)

DMACC and Other Scholarship Opportunities