College served nearly 70,000 credit and non-credit students last year
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Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) has released its 2018 Annual Report, with new construction projects, high-profile partnerships and added programs leading the way for continued student growth and success.
Nearly 70,000 credit and non-credit students were enrolled in DMACC classes last year, and 98% of DMACC graduates were employed, engaged in military service or continuing their education.
"Our vision at DMACC is to increase opportunity and improve the quality of life for all individuals across Iowa by providing the best educational opportunities and training facilities for our students," said DMACC President Rob Denson.
In 2018, DMACC announced three major construction projects that will improve the student experience:
- A new 65,000-square-foot, $24 million Student Life and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Center planned for the DMACC Urban Campus. This facility will serve student needs at the growing Urban location and become an anchor for the north side of downtown.
- On the Ankeny Campus, Carl and Penny Moyer announced a $1 million donation to DMACC. Their gift will create the new Karl Chevrolet Automotive Technology Center at DMACC, helping train the next generation of skilled auto and collision repair professionals. Others who contributed at least $100,000 to this project include Dennis Albaugh, Willis Automotive and Bob Brown Chevrolet.
- The DMACC Foundation recorded many donations this past year, both large and small. Macerich Corporation, owners of Southridge Mall, donated another 20,000 square feet of mall space to DMACC for classrooms and offices.
- The DMACC Foundation broke ground for the Criminal Justice Program's new Criminal Justice Training facility that will better prepare students for a career in the field and become a needed resource for Iowa law enforcement. DMACC Building Trades students will build it, and Horticulture students will do the landscaping.
DMACC also partnered with some high-profile organizations this year to benefit students and the communities it proudly serves:
- Microsoft Corporation announced plans to work with the DMACC West Des Moines Campus to create the new Microsoft Data Center Academy. Microsoft donated equipment and scholarship dollars to launch this new Academy. It's the first-of-its-kind program in the Midwest and only the second Microsoft Academy in the nation.
- Goldman Sachs Foundation, a multinational investment bank, announced it was partnering with DMACC on its 10,000 Small Businesses Program, which provides, at no cost, hands-on education and training for small business owners. The goal is to help entrepreneurs create jobs and greater economic opportunity.
- DMACC became the first college to launch a Facebook course. Called the “Facebook and Digital Marketing Certificate," the course is designed to help individuals and small businesses with social media and digital marketing skills. The first class filled up in less than 24 hours.
DMACC also continues to emphasize its commitment to serving businesses in Central Iowa. As a result of DMACC's commitment to the Governor's Future Ready Iowa initiative, more high school students are enrolling in work-based learning programs than ever before.
Last year, 2,350 high school students enrolled in 22 DMACC work-based learning programs across Central Iowa. A milestone 48 high-school students enrolled in DMACC classes earned enough credits to graduate with an Associate Degree the same week they graduated from their high school.
DMACC currently offers 220 degrees, programs and certificates. New offerings in 2018 were: Sports management (AA degree), Cybersecurity (AAS degree, diploma and certificate), CNC Setup/Operator (certificate), Human Services Social Work (AA degree), Human Services (certificate) and Supply Chain Management (certificate).