DMACC in the News: Headlines & Highlights

Posted September 28, 2023

Be sure to check out these recent stories that feature DMACC and members of our College community!

Danielle Lopez

KWBG 1590 AM Radio (9/28/23), "Coaches Corner: Danielle Lopez, DMACC Volleyball" —​ DMACC Head Volleyball Coach Danielle Lopez joins KWBG Radio to talk about the current volleyball season, including a great recent win ... click ​here to listen​.

Chef Cass during a cooking class.

Axios Des Moines (9/25/23), "A new communal commercial kitchen is opening in West Des Moines" — Culinary Annex, a new shared commercial kitchen space, opens in Valley Junction on Friday.​ Owner Cassandra "Chef Cass" Spence is originally from Des Moines and grew up loving cooking, thanks to her family and father, who owned a salsa business in the '90s. That love grew while Spence lived in New York City. She moved back here to attend the Iowa Culinary Institute at DMACC ... click here to read more​.​

College Agriculture Students

Iowa Soybean Association (9/21/23), "See ISA behind the scenes with Soy Squad​" ​—​​​ Get a behind-the-scenes look into the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and more by signing up for the 2023-2034 Soy S​quad.​​ The program is open for individuals attending a two or four-year college or university pursuing a major in agriculture or an agriculture-related field and can attend the scheduled meetings. Ashlee Tomlinson, an agribusiness student at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), reflects fondly on her experience with Soy Squad. “Throughout the year, I learned so much about the Iowa Soybean Association and had the opportunity to network with so many amazing people, making connections I still have today,” she says ... click here for m​ore.​

Marshalltown Times-Republican (9/21/23), "Anne Howsare Boyens hired as next Iowa Valley President​​—​​ During a special meeting held Wednesday, the Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors offered the position of president to Anne Howsare Boyens. The board unanimously voted to hire her for the role. Howsare Boyens, 46, comes to IVCCD from Des Moines Area Community College, where she worked as (DMACC Urban Campus) provost ... click here to read more.


DMACC Templeton Regional Center opens new doors for area students (9/20/23), "DMACC Templeton Regional Center opens new doors for area students" —​ "Bringing in further opportunities to local high school juniors and seniors, the newly opened DMACC Templeton Regional Center celebrated its ribbon-cutting on Monday. The DMACC Templeton Regional Center, which is part of the DMACC Carroll Campus, offers career academies and general education courses for local high school students ... click here to read more​.

Iowa Capital Dispatch (9/19/23), "DMACC helps rural students explore career options with new regional center​​" —​ Des Moines Area Community College is giving western Iowa high school students the chance to develop skills and explore a range of jobs before deciding on their career with its newly completed regional center ... click here to read more.


Carroll Broadcasting Company (9/19/23), "DMACC Celebrates Ribbon Cutting At Templeton Regional Center" —​ On Monday, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) celebrated the ribbon-cutting for its recently opened regional center in Templeton. The facility can be found on the community’s Main Street. DMACC President Rob Denson compared the career readiness center to Iowa’s famed Field of Dreams, saying, "If you build it, they will come" ... read more here.​


Business Record (9/18/23), "Miller family donates $284K to DMACC’s water environmental technology program" — The Miller family, including Tom, Dick, Deb and John Miller, has donated $284,943 to the DMACC Foundation for the creation of a water environmental technology (WET) program lab and classrooms on the DMACC Ankeny Campus ... click here to read more.​

DMACC Announces 2023-24 Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholars

Posted September 28, 2023


​​Twenty-four DMACC students are receiving full-tuition scholarships through this year's program, including 13 first-year students at the College 

The 2023-24 Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholars at DMACC pose for a group photo with DMACC President Rob Denson and Eden Pearson, DMACC English Professor and wife of the late Mark Pearson, at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC Ankeny Campus.

Pictured above (front row, left to right) are DMACC President Rob Denson; Eden Pearson, DMACC English Professor and wife of the late Mark Pearson; (2nd row, left to right) Valerie Beukema of Bondurant; Amanda Ostrem of Stanhope; Calla Langel of Le Mars; (3rd row, left to right) Tricia Kellner of Hardy; Callie Kohlwes of Colo; Mackinze Hora of Ainsworth; (4th row, left to right) Trysten Ward of Boone; Emma Carlson of Belmond; Taylor Gambell of Hedrick; (5th row, left to right) Cara Caltrider of Adair; Amy Martin of Milford; Jonah Schumacher of Pleasantville; (6th row, left to right) Trey Voeller of Prairie City, Luke Van Essen of Pella; Macy Smith of Chariton; (7th row, left or right) Carson Kelderman of Tracy, Preston Daufeldt of West Liberty; (8th row, left to right) Connor Kenkel of Dunlap; Lane Snedden of Grand Junction; (back row, left to right) Caleb Freeburg of Pocahontas and Collin Grove of Holstein. Not pictured are Mallory Behnken of Massena; Nick Feldpausch of Beaman; and Marie Vander Wilt of Pella.

  • Now in its eighth year, the Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholars Program was established in 2016 in memory of beloved ag broadcaster Mark Pearson.

  • Each year, the program offers full-tuition scholarships to qualifying Iowa FFA Chapter Presidents who choose to attend DMACC after high school; to date, the program has awarded nearly $2.4 million in scholarships.

  • Scholarship recipients can enroll in any DMACC degree program across the College's six campuses and seven learning centers.

DMACC is pleased to announce its 2023-24 class of Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholars, which includes a total 24 outstanding students from across Iowa. The group features 13 first-year students and 11 returning students, with each attending DMACC on a full-tuition scholarship during the 2023-24 academic year through the competitive scholarship program.

The Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholars Program has awarded nearly $2.4 million in full-tuition scholarships to qualifying DMACC students since its founding prior to the 2016-2017 academic year at the College. The scholarship program was established in honor of beloved ag broadcaster Mark Pearson, who passed away suddenly in 2012 at the age of 54.

"Some of the greatest leaders in Iowa, across a variety of career fields, have an FFA background," said DMACC President Rob Denson. “DMACC is proud to play a role in helping the next generation of leaders prepare themselves for their careers, and we are honored to continue sharing Mark's legacy and passion for his profession with today's students."

Each year, up to 15 eligible, first-year students at DMACC are awarded a Mark Pearson FFA Leadership scholarship, including one student from each of Iowa's six FFA districts. The scholarship recipients can enroll in any degree program at DMACC, and the scholarship will pay for the completion of their degree. After completing their first year at DMACC, Mark Pearson FFA Leadership scholars are then eligible to maintain their scholarship for a second year.

To qualify for the competitive Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholars Program, students must 1) serve as president of their FFA chapter during either their junior or senior of high school; 2) apply for the program during their senior high school; and 3) commit to attending DMACC the fall following their high school graduation. The application period for the scholarship runs from Dec. 1st to March 1st each year, with scholarships awarded in April/May for the upcoming fall semester.

Introducing the 2023-24 Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholars

The 2023-24 class of Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholars includes the following students, who are listed with their hometowns, areas of study and year at DMACC (first year or returning):​

  • Mallory Behnken of Massena, Biology, returning

  • Valerie Beukema of Bondurant, Veterinary Technology, returning

  • Cara Caltrider of Adair, Education, first year

  • Emma Carlson of Belmond, Education, returning

  • Preston Daufeldt of West Liberty, Agribusiness, first year

  • Nick Feldpausch of Beaman, Agribusiness, returning

  • Caleb Freeburg of Pocahontas, Agribusiness, returning

  • Taylor Gambell of Hedrick, Agribusiness, returning

  • Collin Grove of Holstein, Agribusiness, returning

  • Mackinze Hora of Ainsworth, Agribusiness, returning

  • Carson Kelderman of Tracy, Agribusiness, first year

  • Tricia Kellner of Hardy, Education, first year

  • Connor Kenkel of Dunlap, Agribusiness, returning

  • Callie Kohlwes of Colo, Agribusiness, first year

  • Calla Langel of Le Mars, Agribusiness, first year

  • Amy Martin of Milford, Education, first year

  • Amanda Ostrem of Stanhope, Agribusiness, first year

  • Jonah Schumacher of Pleasantville, Agribusiness, first year

  • Macy Smith of Chariton, Education, first year

  • Lane Snedden of Grand Junction, Agribusiness, returning

  • Marie Vander Wilt of Pella, Paramedic, returning

  • Luke Van Essen of Pella, Agribusiness, first year

  • Trey Voeller of Prairie City, Agribusiness, first year

  • Trysten Ward of Boone, General Studies, first year

The Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholarship at DMACC was officially created in April 2016 during an announcement made in the Formal Office of then Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. Pearson was the host of Iowa PBS' “Market to Market" program for more than 20 years and was the host of WHO Radio's “The Big Show." Pearson was a Madison County farmer who also served as an Assistant Secretary of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and was the Markets Editor for Successful Farming Magazine.

For more information about the Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholarship, visit

PHOTOS: Retired FDNY Lieutenant Joe Torrillo Shares 'Buried Alive Twice on 9/11' Experience at DMACC

Posted September 28, 2023


Retired New​ York City Fire Department (FDNY) Lieutenant Joe Torrillo (above) shares his powerful story of being buried alive twice during the Sept. 11th, 2001, attacks, while speaking to a packed audience of DMACC students, faculty, staff and community members on Tues., Sept. 26th, at the College's Ankeny Campus. Torrillo was a guest speaker at DMACC campuses in Ankeny, Boone and Des Moines over the course of two days as part of the College's on-going War and the Human Experience Series. All series events are free and open to the public. ​


Retired FDNY Lieutenant Joe Torrillo (standing at front of room) tells audience members at DMACC about the beginning of his firefighting career, which included 15 years as a member of Engine Company #10 across the street from the South Tower of the World Trade Center. After suffering a major injury to his hand while battling an NYC apartment fire on New Year's Eve 1996, Torrillo was assigned to the FDNY Office of Fire Safety Education while he recovered. He was ultimately named the director of the program and would go on to help design a state-of-the-art Fire Safety Learning Center that opened in October 2000. ​


Joe Torrillo (above) holds a Fisher-Price "Billy Blazes" action figure on Tues, Sept. 26th, after giving a guest presentation at the DMACC Ankeny Campus as part of the College's War and the Human Experience Series.​ After taking notice of Torrillo's fire safety education work in New York City, Fisher-Price contacted Torrillo about working together to create the firefighter action figure as part of the toy company's "Rescue Heroes" series. And on the morning of the Sept. 11th, 2001, Torrillo was driving to a press conference in midtown Manhattan to officially announce the release of the new "Billy Blazes" toy when he heard about a plane crashing into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He thought it was an accident at first, but soon realized it was an unprecedented attack.

"At that moment, I had to decide whether I should go introduce a new action figure or take action myself," Torrillo said.

"I decided to take action."


Retired FDNY Lieutenant Joe Torrillo (above) recounts learning about the Sept. 11th, 2001, attacks as he was headed to a FDNY press conference in Midtown Manhattan that very same morning. Instead, he quickly made the decision to go to the fire station where he had started his career: Engine Company #10 across from the South Tower of the World Trade Center. 

As he jumped in to assist with the urgent response, a damaged hotel beside the towers began to collapse and Torrillo was trapped in the debris. He said he was convinced he was going to die. However, Torrillo and others were eventually rescued, but as the crews were trying to get the survivors out of the city, the North Tower fell, and he was buried a second time and declared missing for three days. He ultimately suffered a fractured skull, along with other serious injuries, and was eventually forced to take medical disability retirement from the FDNY. More than 340 firefighters died as a result of the Sept. 11th attacks.​​


Retired FDNY Lieutenant Joe Torrillo​ (seated at front) takes a group photo with students from the DMACC Fire Science​ and DMACC Paramedic​ programs on Tues., Sept. 26th, after speaking at the College's Ankeny Campus. Torrillo now travels the country to speak about his career path and what he's learned through experience, and to share motivation and inspiration, especially with young people.


Kyla Ousley-Lee (left), a DMACC Pre-Nursing student from Des Moines, poses for a photo with retired FDNY Lieutenant Joe Torrillo (right) on Tues., Sept. 26th, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus after he shared his presentation “Buried Alive Twice on 9/11" as part of DMACC's War and the Human Experience Series. Torrillo now travels the country to speak about his career path and what he's learned through experience, and to share motivation and inspiration —​ especially with young people, he said.​


DMACC Criminal Justice student Matthew Breaux (right), a Louisiana native now living in Ankeny, talks with retired FDNY Lieutenant Joe Torrillo​ (left) following Torrillo's presentation on Tues., Sept. 26th, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Torrillo survived the collapse of both World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11th, 2001, but was buried in the rubble and presumed dead for three days.


DMACC Urban Campus History Professor Dr. Matt Walsh (left to right), DMACC Ankeny Campus History Professor Joe Danielson, retired FDNY Lieutenant Joe Torrillo, and current DMACC and Drake University student Alexandria Colby of Des Moines take a photo together following Torrillo's presentation on Tues., Sept. 26th, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus as part of DMACC's War and the Human Experience Series​. ​To learn more about the series, click here​.

Changes to 2024-25 FAFSA Designed to Make Application Easier for Students to Complete

Posted September 28, 2023


The 2024-2025 FAFSA will not be available until December 2023 

  • The 2024-2025 FAFSA application process is being streamlined and made easier for students to complete.

  • The 2024-2025 FAFSA will not be available until December 2023; typically, the FAFSA is available in October.

  • Eligibility for federal financial aid will be expanded.

A simpler FAFSA is coming. 

Due to the passing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Simplification Act, the FAFSA is undergoing long-anticipated changes that will take effect beginning with the 2024-2025 award year. The FAFSA application process is being streamlined with a goal of making it easier to complete. 

DMACC Financial Aid Director Jerry McKeen said the FAFSA is an important tool for students.

"The FAFSA is the key to unlocking financial aid and determining eligibility for a variety of scholarships," McKeen said.

The changes for 2024-2025 include:

FAFSA Availability

  • ​Instead of opening in October, the 2024-2025 FAFSA will not be available until December 2023.  This is only temporary.  In future years the FAFSA will again be available in October as usual.

​​Streamlined Application Process

  • ​​The FAFSA will feature fewer questions, fewer requirements and retrieve tax information using a direct data exchange from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) instead of the optional IRS Data Retrieval Tool. This should result in requiring less time to complete and result in fewer errors.

New Terminology and Requested Information Changes

  • ​​​​​​The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will now be referred to as the Student Aid Index (SAI); the new SAI formula removes the number of family members in college from the calculation and will instead require families to include the value of small businesses and family-owned farms on the FAFSA.

  • The FAFSA is introducing a new term: contributor. A contributor is anyone who is required to provide information or a student's FAFSA form, including the student, the student's spouse, a biological or adopted parent, or the parent's spouse.

Expanding the Pell Grant eligibility

  • The adjustments to the SAI calculation will also expand Federal Pell Grant eligibility to more students.

"Though intended to assist financially needy families, the FAFSA has long been an intimidating and sometimes burdensome form and process that sometimes became a hurdle to the families it was supposed to help," McKeen said. “The changes may not solve all the application issues, but eliminating questions and automating the financial information will hopefully encourage more families to not only use the form, but to take advantage of financial aid opportunities the FAFSA creates."

McKeen said changes to the 2024-2025 FAFSA include a different layout and flow to the online form; fewer as well as some new questions; a more secure method of obtaining financial information; and new terminology.

"Although the 2024-2025 form is not available until December, we strongly encourage new college students and their parents to register a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID before trying to start the FAFSA so that when it is time to apply they will not be further delayed," McKeen said. "Continuing students and their parents should also ensure their ID and password is current and active. Without an active ID, one will not be able to finish, sign or correct a FAFSA application. Go to the Federal Student Aid 'Create Account page' to sign up for an FSA ID."

McKeen said two helpful videos are available via YouTube to help students if needed:

McKeen said these changes are for the 2024-2025 school year, which begins with the fall 2024 term in September.

“Students attending in spring 2024 and summer 2024 will not be affected by the new FAFSA; students attending in spring and summer need to have a 2023-2024 FAFSA on file," McKeen said.

McKeen said the DMACC Financial Aid office is closely monitoring all changes with FAFSA. or up-to-date information on FAFSA, go to the Breaking News box on the DMACC Financial Aid webpage at  

Volunteer Opportunity: Literacy Coaches Needed at Adult Literacy Center at DMACC

Posted September 28, 2023

​Did you know that 1 in 6 Iowa adults are living with a hidden barrier to achieving their goals because they can't read?

The Adult Literacy Center at DMACC is a free resource for Central Iowa adults who need help with their reading, writing and/or speaking skills. The Center's mission is to improve literacy, resulting in enhanced self-esteem, daily living and lifelong learning. And volunteers help make it possible!

How can you help? 

Right now, the Center is looking for some additional Volunteer Literacy Coaches to work with local adults on their reading, writing and/or speaking skills. Volunteers work with an individual student, which is an impactful and rewarding experience for both the student and the volunteer. All DMACC students are encouraged to consider volunteering! Plus, if you are interested in pursuing a career as a teacher or working in a human services field, this is an excellent opportunity to gain additional experience and build your resume.

Next steps:

If you'd like to learn more and get involved, the Adult Literacy Center at DMACC​ will hold its next Volunteer Orientation Session from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thur., Oct. 12th, at the DMACC Urban Campus in downtown Des Moines.

To attend the session, just RSVP to Vickie Merrifield by calling (515) 241-7517 or emailing​.

Also, if you aren't available to attend/have a scheduling conflict with the Oct. 12th session but would still like to learn more, please be sure to contact Vickie as well.

To visit the Adult Literacy Center at DMACC online, just click here​.​​

DMACC's Jordan King Named ICCAC Athlete of the Week for Division II Men's Cross Country

Posted September 28, 2023


Jordan King (above) is honored for the week of Sept. 18th to 24th​

  • King is the first DMACC men's cross country runner to be honored this fall.

  • King finished sixth in the Grand View Invitational on Sept. 26th.

  • King's time was 28 minutes, 4 seconds, on the 8K course

The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) has named DMACC's Jordan King the ICCAC Athlete of the Week for Division II Men's Cross Country for the week of Sept. 18th to 24th.

King, a freshman from Boone, is the first member of the DMACC men's cross cou​ntry​ team to be honored by the ICCAC this fall.

King, a freshman from Boone, led the Bears to a fourth-place finish in the Grand View Invitational on Sept. 26th at Ankeny, finishing sixth in the individual competition. His time on the 8K course was 28 minutes, 4 seconds, a 5:38 mile pace. He was the top ICCAC runner in the event.

Earlier this season King posted an 8K time of 27:23 to earn a sixth-place finish in the Trent Smith Invitational ​on Sept. 15th at Mason City.

The DMACC men's cross country team will run in the Indian Hills Invitational on Oct. 13th at Ottumwa.​

To view the ICCAC Athlete of the Week honorees for Sept. 18th-24th across all sports, click here​.​​​

DMACC Volleyball Team Upsets Sixth-Ranked Kirkwood CC, 3-0

Posted September 28, 2023


Bears improve to 15-4 overall and 5-1 in the ICCAC​

  • Sophomore Eden Wilson (above, left) leads DMACC with 11 kills.

  • Bears hit .330 in the win.

  • Sophomore Emma Flathers (above, right) contributes 39 assists

Sophomore Eden Wilson of Conrad had 11 kills and sophomore Coryl Matheny of Glenwood added 10 to lead the DMAC​C volleyball team to a 3-0 upset of sixth-ranked Kirkwood Community College (KCC) on Sept. 27th inside the DMACC gymnasium.

The Bears, ranked 20th in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II poll, won by set scores of 25-13, 25-16 and 25-18. KCC came into the match ranked sixth in the NJCAA Division II poll.

With the win, DMACC improved to 15-4 overall and 5-1 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC).

Wilson hit .381 with her 11 kills coming from 21 attacks with three hitting errors. Matheny hit .333 with her 10 kills coming from 27 attacks with one hitting error. Sophomores Kylie Henry of Urbana and Zophi Hendricks of Defiance had six kills apiece, with Henry coming away with a .625 hitting percentage. As a team, DMACC hit. 330 with 41 kills from 97 attacks with three hitting errors.

Sophomore Emma Flathers of Treynor led the Bears in assists with 39 and contributed four ace serves. Sophomore Maddie Dunham of Nevada also had four ace serves.

Sophomore Kenya Prescott of Carroll led DMACC in digs with 18, and Matheny finished with 13. Freshman Abbi Brenizer of Norwalk had three block assists, and Wilson, Flathers and Henry had two blocks apiece.

The DMACC volleyball team will play in the Parkland Tournament Sept. 29th-30th at Champaign, Ill. The Bears will face fifth-ranked Parkland College (PC) and 10th-ranked Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) on Sept. 29th and will play second-ranked Owens Community College (OCC) and No. 14 Madison Community. College (MCC) on Sept. 30th.

DMACC Men's Golf Team Wins NIACC Invite in Record-Breaking Fashion

Posted September 28, 2023


Bears post a school record 275 for 18 holes​

  • Sophomore Spencer Clatt (above, left) earns medalist honors with a six-under-par 66.

  • Sophomore Kaleb Allen (above, right) is the runner-up with a 67.

  • Freshman Drew Teeter and sophomore Calvin McNeeley post rounds of 70 and 72, respectively

Sophomores Spencer Clatt of Gilbert and Kaleb Allen of West Burlington posted a six-under-par 66 and a five-under-par 67, respectively, as the DMACC men's g​olf team set a new school record for 18 holes with a 13-under-par 275 in winning the NIACC Invite on Sept. 26th at Highland Park Golf Course in Mason City.

The previous team record for an 18-hole tournament was 283 at the NIACC Invitational on Sept. 18th, 2020.

Clatt and Allen both broke the individual school record for 18 holes. The previous record was a 68 by Braxton Risetter. The tournament and date of his round are not available.

The 275 turned in by the Bears gave them a 13-stroke cushion over runner-up Hawkeye Community College (HCC). The DMACC B men's golf team finished fourth with a six-over-par 294.

DMACC freshman Drew Teeter of Albert Lea, Minn., and sophomore Calvin McNeeley of Pleasant Hill rounded out DMACC's performance with rounds of 70 and 72, respectively. Teeter tied for sixth and McNeeley finished tenth.

Sophomore Cade McGill of Johnston led DMACC B with a two-under-par 70. Sophomore Drake Anderson of Sioux City posted a 71, and freshmen Caleb Ham of Hudson and Zach Julander of Pleasant Hill shot 76 and 77, respectively. McGill tied for ninth, Anderson tied for 10th, Ham tied for 19th and Julander tied for 24th.

DMACC sophomore Cole Johnson of Sioux City also played in the tournament and tied for 19th with a 76.

The DMACC men's golf team will play in the Redtail Shootout on Oct. 6th at Fox Ridge Golf Course in Dike.​​

Join the Healthiest State Annual Walk at DMACC on Oct. 4th

Posted September 27, 2023


Save the date and get your walking shoes ready!

​Join us for ​​the Healthiest State Annual Walk on Wed., Oct. 4th, at a DMACC location near YOU.

This annual walk is a great opportunity to join thousands of other Iowans, statewide, for a 30-minute walk.

For more information and t0 sign up, just click on the following location links:

​Is your DMACC Campus or Center interested in hosting a walk on Oct. 4th and not currently listed above? Please email Heather Plum at

DMACC Horticulture Club Now Accepting Pre-Orders for Fall Mums

Posted September 26, 2023


The DMACC Horticulture Club​ is currently accepting pre-orders from fall mums raised by Horticulture students ... while supplies last!

When placing an order, you'll be able to choose from a variety of available to pick up your mum(s) at the DMACC Ankeny Campus.

Order here: For more information and to place a pre-order, just click here.

And don't forget to check out the DMACC Horticulture Club's Fall Fest on Sat., Oct. 7th, too! The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of Trail Point​ Aquatics & Wellness (Bldg. #5) at the DMACC Ankeny Campus (details here​).​​

DMACC Women's Cross Country Team Finishes Third in Grand View Invitational

Posted September 26, 2023


Bears score 82 points​

  • Freshman Grace Collins (above) leads DMACC with a fifth-place finish.

  • Freshman Kayden Spencer is right behind Collins in sixth place.

  • Freshman Tori Yunggebauer finishes inside the top 20 at 16th.

Freshman Grace Collins of Johnston ran to a fifth-place finish in the Grand View Invitational Sept. 23rd at Ankeny and led the DMAC​C women's cross country​ team to a third-place finish in the team competition.

Collins' time over the 5K course was 20 minutes, 30 seconds. She finished just ahead of teammate Kayden Spencer, a freshman from Boone. Spencer was sixth in 20:33.

The Bears scored 82 points as a team in finishing behind Mount Mercy University (MMU) and Southeastern Community College (SECC). MMU took the team championship with 50 points, and SECC was second with 72 points.

SECC's Aisha Ramone was the overall winner with a time of 19:52.

Other DMACC results included a 16th by freshman Tori Yunggebauer of Williamsburg. Sophomore Mkenzie Robinson of Marshalltown was 25th, and sophomore Jillian Prouty of Oelwein finished in 30th place. Sophomore Madison Beaune of Jewell also ran for DMACC and finished in 42nd place. Yunggebauer's time was 21:33, while Robinson crossed the finish line in 22:29, Prouty posted a time of 22:50 and Beaune's time was 23:57.

The DMACC women's cross country team will run in the Indian Hills Invitational Oct. 13th at Ottumwa.

DMACC Men's Cross Country Team Finishes Fourth in Grand View Invitational

Posted September 26, 2023


Bears come away with 94 points​

  • Freshman Jordan King (above) leads DMACC with a sixth-place finish.

  • Freshman Alejandro Bernal grabs a ninth-place finish.

  • Freshman Will Thompson finishes in the top 20 at No. 18.

The DMACC men's cross country team came away with a fourth-place finish in the Grand View Invitational Sept. 23rd at Ankeny.

William Penn University (WPU) took the team championship with 20 points. Mount Mercy University (MMU) was second with 64 points and Southeastern Community College (SECC) took third with 93 points, one point ahead of DMACC.

WPU's Brandon Williams won individual honors with a time of 26 minutes, 41 seconds, over the 8K course.

Freshman Jordan King of Boone led DMACC with a sixth-place finish in 28:04. Freshman Alejandro Bernal of Sibley was ninth in 28:14 and freshman Will Thompson of West Des Moines finished inside the top 20 at No. 18. His time was 29:17.

Rounding out DMACC's performance were freshman Ray Gearhart of Oelwein and freshman Joe Terrones of Marshalltown. Gearhart was 25th in 30:24, and Terrones finished in 36th place with a time of 33:25.

DMACC sophomore Jake Hitchcock of Johnston ran unattached and finishes in 29th place. His time was 30:18.

The DMACC men's cross country team will run in the Indian Hills Invitational Oct. 13th at Ottumwa.​

DMACC Students, Are You Planning to Graduate in December? — Apply for Graduation by Nov. 1st

Posted September 26, 2023


DMACC students, if you plan to complete your degree, diploma and/or certificate in December 2023, 1) WAY TO GO! and 2) don't forget to apply for graduation by Nov. 1st! The link to the online graduation application can be found at

Please note that students who plan to receive more than one degree, diploma and/or certificate need to complete a graduation application for each program. 

Diplomas and certificates are mailed out approximately six (6) weeks after end of term.

Questions? Please call (515) 964-6644 or email

Cast Your Vote for DMACC in CITYVIEW's 2024 'Best Of' Poll

Posted September 26, 2023

Best of Des Moines | CITYVIEW

Voting for CITYVIEW'S 2024 "Best of Des Moines" Readers' Poll is officially open!

The poll has a lot of categories, but don't let that overwhelm you: You can vote in as few or as many categories as you'd like when submitting your entry! Just make sure to vote before the deadline of 5 p.m. on Mon., Nov. 5th.

Here are some categories that caught our attention:

  • #2 – Best Kept Secret on the Local Restaurant Scene: Consider casting a vote for Bistro at the Iowa Culinary Institute at DMACC!

  • #143 – Best Local Nonprofit: DMACC's Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families is a great community resource.

  • #182 – Best Local Place to Work Out: How about Trail Point Aquatics & Wellness at the DMACC Ankeny Campus?

  • #219 – Best Community College in Iowa: #VoteDMACC

Cast your vote here: ​

DMACC Ankeny Campus Library Reduces Hours

Posted September 26, 2023

The DMACC Ankeny Campus Library will reduce its hours beginning Mon., Oct. 2nd.

The Library's updated hours from Oct. 2nd-Dec. 15th will be:

  • ​Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Online chat​ will continue to be available until 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

With any questions, please contact the library​.​​

Physical Plant Updates

Posted September 22, 2023

The DMACC Physical Plant Department has been renamed Facilities Planning and Management (FPM).

Joe Baxter moved into the role of Executive Director in June, and a search is on​going to fill the position of Director, FPM/Construction Services.

If you have any questions, please email Joe Baxter at

Note for Ankeny Campus staff/faculty only: Please be advised the general email inbox for Ankeny work orders and vehicle requests has been updated to​

Register Now for DMACC Faculty/Staff November 'Book Read' Event at Ankeny Campus

Posted September 20, 2023

Book Review: Unmasking Autism - Mental Health @ Home

DMACC faculty and staff members, come join your colleagues for a chat about the book "Unmasking Autism" by Devon Price from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Thur., Nov. 2nd, in Bldg. #5, Room 1220, at the Ankeny Campus.​

This FREE event is open to all faculty and staff members, and registration is required.

To participate, please register online by Oct. 19th.

You are welcome to bring your own copy of the book or you can request to borrow a library copy when you complete the online event registration. Space is limited, so register today! ​


With any questions, please email Rebecca Funke at

Sept. 20th-Oct. 11th: Latino Heritage Events at Urban Campus

Posted September 20, 2023

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The DMACC Latino Club invites all DMACC students, staff and faculty to enjoy a variety of upcoming Latino Heritage events in Bldg. #7 at the Urban Campus!

  • ​Pan Dulce: Wed., Sept 20th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Papel Picado: Wed., Sept. 27th, ​10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Pop Corn: Wed., Oct. 4th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Baila Conmigo: Wed., Oct. 11th, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.​

With any questions, please email Ivon Mihura at​.

Sept. 29th-Oct. 8th: DMACC Ankeny Theatre Performances of 'Playing With Fire (After Frankenstein)'

Posted September 19, 2023


The DMACC Ankeny Theatre's​ fall production of "Playing With Fire (After Frankenstein)" will run Sept. 29th-Oct. 8th, and all performances are FREE to attend! The play is written by Barbara Field and directed by Maranda Turner.

Performances will take place in the Black Box Theatre in the Bldg. #5 Student Center at the DMACC Ankeny Campus.

Dates/times are as follows:

  • ​Fri., Sept. 29th, 7:30 p.m.

  • Sat., Sept. 30th, 7:30 p.m.

  • Sun., Oct. 1st, 2 p.m.

  • Thur., Oct. 5th, 7:30 p.m.

  • Fri., Oct. 6th, 7:30 p.m. (ASL-interpreted performance)

  • Sat., Oct. 7th, 7:30 p.m.

  • Sun., Oct. 8th, 2 p.m.​

Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Please note that this production contains strobing lighting effects and gunshot sound effects.

How to attend:

To reserve FREE tickets for the performance date/time of your choice, please click here.

For tickets in the ASL-interpreted section on Fri., Oct. 6th, please apply the code ASL106 ​and select the number of "ASL Interpreted Section" tickets (separate from General Admission) you'd like​ when reserving your FREE tickets​. ​​

Questions? Just email

About "Playing With Fire (After Frankenstein)"

As the play begins, an exhausted and dying Victor Frankenstein has finally tracked down his Creature in the lonely, frozen tundra of the North Pole. Determined to right the wrong he has committed by, at last, destroying the malignant evil he believes he has created, Frankenstein finds that he must first deal with his own responsibility and guilt—for, as their fascinating confrontation develops, it is evident that the Creature has become a pathetic, lonely and even sensitive being who wants only to find love and that he, Frankenstein, by intruding into the very secrets of life, is truly the evil one. As the two debate, scenes from the past flash by. Ultimately the exchange between Frankenstein and the Creature becomes a confrontation between parent and child, scientist and experiment, rejection and love, and even good and evil—culminating in the Creature's agonizing question, "Why did you make me?"

Oct. 2nd: Fall Transfer Fair at Ankeny Campus

Posted September 18, 2023

​The DMACC Ankeny Campus will host a Fall Transfer Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 2nd, in the Bldg. #5 Student Center's food court area. Admissions representatives from colleges and universities across the region will be available to discuss transfer options with current DMACC students. Be sure to stop by!

With any questions, please email Shari McLean-Merten at​.​

Oct. 7th: DMACC Horticulture Club Fall Fest Event at Ankeny Campus

Posted September 18, 2023

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Join us for the DMACC Horticulture Club's Fall Fest event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 7th, in front of Trail Point​ Aquatics & Wellness (Bldg. #5) at the DMACC Ankeny Campus

This FREE event will feature DMACC student organizations, fun activities for kids, and pumpkins, squash, mums, trees and shrubs for sale.

For more information, be sure to like/follow the DMACC Horticulture Club on Facebook at​.​

We hope to see you there!

P.S. —​ Want to beat the rush for fall mums? You can also pre-order mums grown by DMACC Horticulture students online here.

Oct. 7th: DMACC Vet Tech Club Holding Semi-Annual Dog Wash & Microchip Clinic at Ankeny Campus

Posted September 18, 2023

​Mark your calendar! The DMACC Vet Tech Club will host its Semi-Annual Dog Wash & Microchip Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 7th, behind the FFA Enrichment Center at the DMACC Ankeny Campus

All proceeds from the event will help support the DMACC Vet Tech Club's activities and philanthropic endeavors through the year.

Services offered:​

  • ​Dog baths, which include a wash and towel-dry or blow out (if tolerated), will be available for $22 per dog.

  • Homeagain microchips will also be available for both dogs and cats. The microchips are $40 each, and the fee includes implantation of the chip, as well as registration.​

Some important notes:

  • NEW THIS YEAR: All pet owners will be required to show proof of current rabies vaccination with a current, signed rabies certificate for each dog or cat present at the Dog Wash & Microchip Clinic in order for the pet to participate. Current certificates may be brought to the event with the pet or they can be emailed to ahead of time. The Vet Tech Club will respond with a confirmation of receipt and acceptance of the certificate.

  • Only socialized dogs on short leashes, please (no flexi-leashes).

  • All cats must be in carriers.​​

  • This event will be held rain or shine (however, if it rains only towel dry will be available).​

With any questions, please email​.

Oct. 4th: Transfer Fair at Boone Campus

Posted September 18, 2023

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Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) will sponsor a Transfer Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 4th, in the Courter Center at the Boone Campus, and all students are welcome and encouraged to attend!

To attend this FREE event, just register here​.

During the Transfer Fair, students will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from more than two dozen participating colleges and universities, including: 

  • Morningside University

  • Buena Vista University

  • Waldorf University

  • Grand View University

  • Simpson College

  • Iowa State University

  • Graceland University

  • Cornell College

  • University of Iowa

  • William Penn University

  • Mount Mercy University

  • University of Northern Iowa

  • Grand Canyon University

  • Drake University

  • University of Nebraska - Omaha

  • Coe College

  • Central College

  • St. Ambrose University

  • Waldorf University

  • Mercy College of Health Sciences

Plus, the Campus Café will be serving $1 slices of pizza during the Fair!

For more information, please email Dr. Nancy Woods at

Oct. 12th: Breast Cancer Awareness Event at Boone Campus

Posted September 18, 2023

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DMACC Boone Campus Student Health & Wellness and the Student Activities Council (SAC) will host a Breast Cancer Awareness event from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thur., Oct. 12th, in the Courter Center at the Boone Campus. Students who stop by will have the opportunity to learn more about breast cancer prevention and detection, and talk with breast cancer survivors. Plus, FREE #PinkOut t-shirts will be available, along with pink punch, cookies and gifts!

With any questions, please email Amanda Strayer at​.​

Oct. 12th: DMACC Volleyball Pink-Out Game at Boone Campus

Posted September 18, 2023

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DMACC Bears, be sure to #WearPink and #GetYourPinkOn for the DMACC Volleyball Pink-Out for Breast Cancer Awareness Game at 7 p.m. on Thur., Oct. 12th, in the Den as the DMACC Volleyball team​ hosts Southwestern Community College!

Plus, you can prep for the game by stopping by our Breast Cancer Awareness even​t any time between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. that same day in the Courter Center, where students will be able to pick up a FREE #PinkOut t-shirt just by following or showing us that they already follow the DMACC Boone Campus on social media!

With any questions, please email Amanda Strayer at​.​​

Oct. 2nd-6th: DMACC Libraries National Banned Books Week Activities

Posted September 11, 2023


Join DMACC Libraries, district-wide, for a variety of fun and educational activities during National Banned Books Week​, which runs Oct. 2nd-6th. Come in any day during the week to play Banned Book Bingo, and enjoy giveaways and goodies! Plus, be sure to join us on Wed., Oct. 4th, to learn more about banned books, intellectual freedom and freedom of expression via the Libraries' revolving slide show.

Questions? Just contact your DMACC campus library

Oct. 3rd, 6th, 18th & 30th: DMACC London Study Abroad Program Virtual Info Sessions

Posted September 11, 2023


Are you interested in studying abroad in London during the Spring 2024 semester?

​​If you think you'd like to spend eight weeks in the United Kingdom as a DMACC student, now is the time to start planning!

Join us for an upcoming ​Virtual Info Session via Zoom to learn more about the DMACC London Study Abroad Program, including how the program is structured, how to pay for your trip and what you can learn from studying in one of Europe's most diverse, vibrant cities.   

Upcoming info sessions will be held as follows:

  • Tues., Oct. 3rd, 9 a.m. t0 9:30 a.m., via Zoom

  • Fri., Oct. 6th, 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., via Zoom

  • Wed., Oct. 18th, 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., via Zoom

  • Mon., Oct. 30th, 9 a.m. t0 9:30 a.m., via Zoom

  • Thur., Nov. 9th, 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., via Zoom

How to attend:

To attend the Virtual Info Session, email DMACC Study Abroad Coordinator Bethany Sweeney at and include the following information:

  1. ​Your first and last name

  2. Your preferred pronouns

  3. Your DMACC email address

  4. Your major/program of study at DMACC

  5. The date/time of the upcoming info session you'd like to attend

Once you've emailed the above information to Bethany, you'll receive an invitation to the session of your choice, along with the Zoom link.

Want more info before your session? Check out the DMACC London Study Abroad webpage at​/studyabr​oad

Oct. 5th, 10th, 18th & 31st: DMACC Counseling Positive Mental Health Workshops for Students

Posted September 11, 2023

DMACC Counseling is offering a FREE series of Positive Mental Health Workshops this fall, and all DMACC students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Each hour-long workshop will be held exclusively via Zoom, so you can join from anywhere.

Upcoming workshops include:

  • Thur., Oct. 5th, 1-2 p.m., "Stress Management"

  • ​Tues., Oct. 10th, 10-11 a.m., "Feeling Connected? Overcoming Feelings of Isolation"

  • Wed., Oct. 18th, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., "Soft Skills Without Wimping Out!"

  • Tues., Oct. 31st, 1-2 p.m., "Healthy Relationships"

  • Thur., Nov. 9th, 10-11 a.m., "Innovation in Men's Mental Health"

  • Wed., Nov. 15th, 12:30-1:30 p.m., "Grief and Other Non-Death Losses"

How to attend:

All of these workshops are FREE for current DMACC students to attend. Just register online here for the workshop(s) you'd like to check out; after registering, you'll receive a confirmation email with the workshop Zoom link.

Questions? Email DMACC Counselor Thomas Tweedy at

Oct. 12th: FREE Community Day Event at DMACC Southridge Center

Posted September 11, 2023

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Mark your calendars! The DMACC Southridge Center will host a FREE Community Day event from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thur., Oct. 12th, and everyone is welcome to attend! This event is a great opportunity to learn about a variety of helpful resources offered by local organizations and employers, and to find out more about the DMACC Southridge Center, too.

Questions? Please call the DMACC Southridge Center at (515) 287-8700. ​

Oct. 15th: Deadline to Apply for DMACC Diversity Commission Student Award for Spring 2024 Semester

Posted September 8, 2023

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Calling all DMACC students!

The DMACC Diversity Commission Student Award recognizes current students at DMACC who actively engage with issues of diversity, equity and/or inclusion, and is now accepting scholarship applications for the Spring 2024 semester. 

The DMACC Diversity Commission is committed to fostering a deeper understanding of the importance of diversity and social justice at DMACC in our larger communities, and believes that awarding this scholarship can help further that work. ​

All current DMACC students are eligible; however, students may only receive an award once per academic year (fall to summer). These awards are usually given in amounts ranging from $100 to $250 each and will be distributed to students in the form of gift cards. 

How to apply:

The deadline to apply for a Student Award for the Spring 2024 semester is 4 p.m. CT on Sun., Oct. 15th.

To apply, just click here.

With questions, please email​.

Oct. 25th: UNI@DMACC Partnership Info Session to Learn About Options to Earn A Bachelor's Degree

Posted September 8, 2023

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DMACC students, are you interested in earning your four-year degree without having to relocate?

The UNI@DMACC partnership could be a great fit for you!

Join us for a UNI@DMACC Virtual Information Session this fall to learn more about how you can earn your bachelor's degree online. During each session, UNI program advisors and staff will share info about the flexible online delivery, degree program options and scholarship opportunities available through the UNI@DMACC partnership. Each session will be conducted via Zoom and will last approximately 60 minutes, with time for questions included. 

Sessions are FREE to attend and open to everyone!

Upcoming sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • Wed., October 25th, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., via Zoom (register here)

  • Tues., Nov. 28th, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., via Zoom (register here)​​​

Degree programs covered during the informational sessions will include:

Register for an info session today:

To attend any of the upcoming info sessions listed above, just click here​

For more information about the UNI@DMACC Partnership, including the programs listed above and scholarships, visit

Visit us on-campus:

UNI@DMACC Student Success Specialist Jakob Jehn and UNI@IACC Director Paul Sapp are available to meet in-person to answer your questions and help you get started. You can find them in Bldg. #7, Suite 135, at the DMACC Urban Campus. Stop by and say hello!

Oct. 3rd: Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Meeting at West Campus

Posted September 7, 2023

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The DMACC West Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)​ will hold its next meeting from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Tues., Oct 3rd, in Room 119E at the West Campus. Come learn some helpful scholarship tips and tricks, as well how you can join the PTK officer team!

FREE lunch will be provided for those who attend.

Questions? Please email PTK advisor Jessica Thistle at

Oct. 4th: National Cinnamon Roll Day at West Campus

Posted September 7, 2023

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Join us as we celebrate National Cinnamon Roll Day with FREE cinnamon rolls from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 4th, in West Campus Ellipse! This event has been planned by a Club West​ student member.

Questions? Just email

Oct. 5th: Rainbow Alliance Meeting at West Campus

Posted September 7, 2023

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Join us for the next meeting of the DMACC Rainbow Alliance from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Thur., Oct. 5th, in Room 210E at the West Campus

The Rainbow Alliance is a student-led group that invites all LGBTQIA+ students and allies into a safe and welcoming environment. Everyone is encouraged to attend! Bring your lunch and a friend.

Questions? Email advisors Lindsey Hays at and/or Hazel Hull at

Stop the Bleed Training w/CPR for DMACC Faculty, Staff and Administration

Posted September 5, 2023

​A message from Brian Endrizal, DMACC Director of Safety & Security:

A bleeding injury can happen anywhere. We've all seen it happen too often—on the news or in everyday life. Life-threatening bleeding can happen in people injured in serious accidents or disasters. Instead of being a witness, you can become an immediate responder because you know how to STOP THE BLEED®.

DMACC will offer Stop the Bleed Training w/CPR ​for DMACC faculty, staff and administration on Mon., Nov. 6th, in Bldg. #5 at the DMACC Ankeny Campus, with two session times to choose from: 8 a.m. to Noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

During this training, instructors will teach you live, in-person, using training materials specially developed to teach bleeding control techniques. They will not only instruct you, but they will also be available to check your movements as you practice three different bleeding control actions. They will keep working with you until you demonstrate the correct skills to STOP THE BLEED® and save a life.

If you would like to participate, please register for your preferred session via the following links:

With any questions, please contact Brian Endrizal at (515) 964-6612​ or

Part of Term 4: Final Grade Reporting

Posted September 5, 2023

Reminder to Faculty Part of Term 4 (Aug. 23rd – Sept. 28th):

The web will open at 8 a.m. on Wed., Sept. 27th, for Final Grade Reporting for Part of Term 4.

The web will close at 11:59 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 4th.​

Part of Term 5: Attendance Reporting

Posted September 5, 2023

Reminder to Faculty Part of Term 5 (Sept. 29th – Nov. 6th): 

The web will open at 8 a.m. on Fri., Sept. 29th, for Attendance Reporting for Part of Term 5. 

The web will close at 11:59 p.m. on Thur., Oct. 5th.

Please note that you can make changes to your submission up until the web closes


Part of Term 8: Attendance Reporting

Posted September 5, 2023

Reminder to Faculty Part of Term 8 (Sept. 29th – Dec. 14th):

The web will open at 8 a.m. on Fri., Sept​​ 29th, for Attendance Reporting for Part of Term 8. 

The web will close at 11:59 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 10th.

Please note that you can make changes to your submission up until the web closes


Part of Term 10: Attendance Reporting

Posted September 5, 2023

Reminder to Faculty Part of Term 10 (Sept. 21st – Dec. 14th):

The web will open at 8 a.m. on Thur., Sept. 21st, for Attendance Reporting for Part of Term 10. 

The web will close at 11:59 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 3rd.

Please note that you can make changes to your submission up until the web closes.