DMACC Offers Public Works Academy Course

Posted 12/18/2018

​Interested in working for an Iowa Public Works Department?  If so, DMACC is now offering a Public Works Academy Course that may help you get into that career.

The seven-week, non-credit classes start on Jan. 23, 2019 and will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon at the DMACC Southridge Center through Feb. 22. The course concludes with a full-week of classes Feb. 25 through March 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday in Bldg. #20, Room 6 on the DMACC Ankeny Campus.

Participants who complete the program will receive a DMACC non-credit certificate demonstrating preparedness for an entry-level job in public works. 

This course will teach:

  • Workplace Readiness Skills
  • Safety
  • Use of Tools
  • Equipment Operation

In addition, the course will focus on basic math skills, construction theory, blue print reading, OSHA requirements, CPR and first aid, and how to operate a forklift, excavator and skid loader through hands-on training on a heavy equipment simulator.

The course curriculum has been developed with input from area public works departments.

“Finding qualified applicants for Public Works positions is getting to be extremely challenging in today’s environment,” said Bret Hodne, West Des Moines Director of Public Services. “A major problem has always been the lack of any type of relevant training to prepare individuals who are interested in pursuing an entry level position in the field of Public Works.  The new Public Works Academy Course that is being offered by DMACC is going to be a game changer.”  

“The Public Works Academy will give participants a great understanding of the role of a public works employee along with hands-on experience with tools and maintenance equipment they will use every day in their jobs,” said DMACC Continuing Education Coordinator Angie Neville.  “We created this training program alongside area municipal groups to meet their skill-set requirements and employments needs.”

The cost of the seven-week course is $1,500 and includes all books and safety equipment. Some applicants may be eligible for tuition assistance.   To determine if you are eligible for financial assistance, contact Angie Neville at (515) 287-8712 or

The deadline to sign-up is Jan. 16, 2019.

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