DMACC and Microsoft Set To Announce New Partnership For The West Des Moines Campus

Posted 10/22/2018

​DMACC deepens its partnership with Microsoft and helps the technology company bring a new datacenter education initiative to the Midwest.

WHO:

  • Paul Englis, Senior Program Manager for Datacenter Community Development, from Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington headquarters, will announce the launch of the Microsoft Datacenter Academy at DMACC.
  • DMACC President Rob Denson and West Des Moines Campus Provost  Dr. Anthony Paustian will discuss the impact this announcement will have on the College and Central Iowa’s workforce.

WHAT:

The new partnership with DMACC’s West Des Moines Campus will include the donation of new equipment, infrastructure and student scholarships. This is Microsoft’s first-of-its kind joint venture with a college or university in the Midwest. Microsoft currently has two data centers in West Des Moines and will be soon building a third.

WHERE:

DMACC’s West Des Moines Campus

WHEN:

Thursday, October 25, 2018
10:30 a.m.

WHY:

  • There is an increasing demand for IT professionals in Central Iowa and specifically people who have specialized skills to service and maintain the growing number of data centers.
  • DMACC’s West Des Moines Campus is located at the entrance to the Grand Avenue Technology Corridor. Microsoft’s first data center called Project Mountain is located on the west end.
  • Over the past decade, Microsoft has also been a sponsor and supporter of DMACC West Des Moines Campus’ annual Celebrate Innovation Week (ciWeek).

CONTACT:

DMACC Marketing Todd Jones (515) 964-6242, tgjones@dmacc.edu

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