Carl and Penny Moyer with DMACC's President Denson

Carl and Penny Moyer Donate $1 Million to DMACC

Posted 8/22/2018

New DMACC Auto Technology Center Named Karl Chevrolet Automotive Technology Center

Carl and Penny Moyer, owners of Karl’s Chevrolet in Ankeny, today donated $1 million to Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) for plans to renovate and expand the facility that houses the automotive and collision training programs on the DMACC Ankeny Campus.

When completed in the fall 2020, the new $10 million, state-of-the-art facility will be called the Karl Chevrolet Automotive Technology Center at DMACC.

“I have a great passion for DMACC. I can remember when the first building on the campus was built many years ago, to what it is today. They were the only college around offering an automotive program that allowed interns to work at a dealership and get hands on experience, and over the years we have hired many great employees from them here at Karl Chevrolet. Scott Ocken was actually a service technician here at Karl Chevrolet, and since he moved to DMACC that makes my connection that much more personal,” said Moyer.

“The future of this college and their automotive program means a lot to me and even more to our community here in Ankeny. DMACC’s dedication to our industry and our young people relies on what is being accomplished every day just down the street. This is why Penny and I personally want to ensure a strong future for their automotive program with our donation to their expansion,” added Moyer.

“Our relationship with DMACC is an important one and we are excited for the great things to come in future,” stated Moyer. The ambitious project renovates and expands the more than 60,000-square-foot Automotive Technology Center.

Specific improvements include:

  • New classrooms and student lounge
  • An additional 22 vehicle work bays
  • Renovation of nine classrooms
  • Conference rooms 
  • Showroom to improve the visitor and prospective student experience

“Carl and Penny Moyer are great friends to DMACC and our automotive program,” said Rob Denson, President of DMACC. “Karl Chevrolet has partnered with us in many ways over the years. All of us at DMACC are grateful to Carl and Penny. We’re proud to call them friends. This gift says it all.”

Denson said the current auto facility, housed in building 13, was built in 1980 and is currently outdated and too small for the current needs of students.  “Auto technology is one of DMACC’s most in-demand career areas,” added Denson. “This donation moves this project closer to completion.”

“The modern, sophisticated vehicles today offer more conveniences and safety features than ever before,” said Scott Ocken, DMACC’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and former Dean of the automotive program. “These changes require specialized knowledge and training that our auto graduates must possess as they enter the workforce. Carl and Penny’s gift will allow us to continue delivering high quality instruction to the next generation of skilled auto and collision professionals.”

Ocken, who also started his career as an auto mechanic working for Karl Chevrolet, said, “DMACC auto technology graduates are in high demand as retirements and industry expansions pick up steam.”

Carl Moyer started his dealership in 1978 in a small, 1940 one car showroom on north Ankeny Boulevard. From that beginning, Moyer and his employees have built the auto dealership into one of the largest, most influential across the nation.

“The Karl Chevrolet Automotive Technology Center is a legacy that Carl and Penny have dedicated to our students and the all the people of Central Iowa for many years to come. There is great anticipation for this exciting new education and training facility,” concluded Denson.

DLR Group, Architecture, Engineering, Planning Interiors, has been chosen as the architects. Final design plans will soon be finalized and construction is scheduled to being later this year.

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