Career Academy Classes

Classes at DMACC

Do you want to:

  • Earn FREE college credit while you're in high school?
  • Develop valuable career and workplace skills for yourself?
  • Explore various career options of your interests?
  • Get a head start on your college and career?

DMACC Career Academies offer a variety of career and technical programs to high school students. Most programs are two semesters long, meet everyday either in the morning or afternoon, and students typically earn anywhere from 12-18 college credits. Please click on the button below to begin the application process.​​​​





Explore DMACC Career Academies

Select an academy location below for more information.

Ames Career Academy

Newton Career Academy

West Career Academy

Ankeny Career Academy

Perry Career Academy

Carroll Career Academy

Southridge Career Academy

What are Career Academies?

Career Academies have become used widely to engage high school students and prepare them for successful transitions to post~secondary education and employment. They are organized as small learning communities which combine academic and technical curricula around a career theme, and establish partnerships with local employers to provide work~based learning opportunities.

DMACC's Career Academies

DMACC and area high schools have formed a partnership to offer high school students opportunities to earn college credit. Juniors and seniors are able to enroll in and complete DMACC courses at DMACC campuses.

  • Career Academy courses supplement high school courses
  • DMACC course competencies, course materials and textbooks are used in the classroom
  • Courses are the same quality as the courses taught on college campus
  • Instructors are certified through DMACC
  • DMACC Academies serve over 1,000 students annually

Career Academy Advantages

  • Students earn free college credit and experience while still in high school.
  • Students gain experiences that lead directly to degrees, diplomas, certificates and/or apprenticeships.
  • Students gain hands-on training in an area of personal interest.
  • Career/technical programs give students excellent opportunities to explore career options before leaving high school.
  • Career/technical programs are equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
  • Students enter the workforce with marketable skills.
  • There is no cost to the high school student to enroll in dual-credit courses.
  • Students save time and money with the chance to get an early start on college.