DMACC's Top 17 Stories of 2017

Posted 12/22/2017

There have been many significant highlights throughout 2017 at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and the constituents the College serves.

“Through our students, partnerships and the work of our faculty and staff, we have experienced many accomplishments in 2017,” said Rob Denson, DMACC President. “However, it will soon be the start of a new year and I look forward to more exciting events and announcements that will benefit the many audiences that we serve throughout Central Iowa.”

Some of DMACC’s year-end highlights include:

  • A Christmas concert at the Des Moines Civic Center by bass baritone Simon Estes and friends is attended by more than 1,800 people with the proceeds going to the DMACC Foundation to be used for scholarships for DMACC Music students.  (Dec. 2017)
  • T.V. Chef and entrepreneur Penny Davidi comes to the DMACC Ankeny Campus Iowa Culinary Institute™ as part of her national tour called the Chef Penny Cooking Challenge.  
  • DMACC and the University of Iowa enter into a new agreement allowing DMACC nursing graduates to seamlessly finish their Bachelor of Nursing Science (BSN) degree from the U of I in one year in an agreement called “RN to BSN 3+1” (Oct. 2017)
  • DMACC and the Ruan Foundation dedicate a new, state-of-the-art driving simulator at DMACC’s Transportation Institute (Sept 2017) 
  • DMACC and Iowa State University enter into a partnership to establish the Iowa Cyber Hub™ with the goal of increasing the number of cyber security workers in Iowa (July 2017)
  • The DMACC CEO Golf Invitational raises a record $450,000 to be used for student scholarships (June 2017)
  • DMACC student Austin Gehling of Carroll earns the highest score ever achieved in the business simulation, “Mikesbikes” used across the United States and several other countries (June 2017)  
  • DMACC and Iowa State University sign a new Design Transfer Agreement (May 2017)
  • Dr. Anne Howsare Boyens is named Urban Campus Provost replacing Dr. Laura Douglas who accepted the presidency of Bristol Community College (May 2017)  
  • Nearly 100 students from five DMACC campuses and five programs participate in a ten-vehicle crash simulation on the Ankeny Campus. (April 2017) 
  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Expands its Partnership with DMACC.  TSA employees in 35 states and at 285 airports across the country are now eligible to participate in the program (April 2017) 
  • Rashida Anderson-Abdullah of Ankeny is awarded a 2017 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship worth up to $320,000 (April 2017)
  • The DMACC Foundation awards $1 million dollars in scholarships to DMACC students during the 2016-17 school year.  More than 1,600 students at DMACC’s campuses and centers benefitted from this record setting achievement (April 2017)
  • Representatives from DMACC and the Republic of Kosovo sign a new collaborative agreement that includes students from Kosovo attending DMACC. President Denson plays a visit to Kosovo to share DMACC’s best practices (March 2017)
  • ciWeek8 kicks off with Astronaut Ken Mattingly, Astronaut Al Worden, 17-time Academy Award nominated sound engineer Greg Russell, Beatbox World Champion Kaila Mullady, New York Times best-selling author and “zombie expert” Max Brooks, world-renowned rock climber Kevin Jorgeson and former University of Iowa Wrestling Coach and Gold Medalist Dan Gable at the DMACC West Campus (March 2017)
  • DMACC is presented with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) Patriotic Employer Award (Feb. 2017)
  • DMACC hosts an Open House for the New Student Center and Trail Point Aquatics and Wellness Center.  The new facilities transform the DMACC Ankeny Campus. (Feb. 2017)

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