DMACC in the News

November 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Iowa college using FMCSA grant to help military vets obtain CDLs
"An Iowa college has been awarded a grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to help military veterans obtain commercial driver’s licenses. Des Moines Area Community College received the $88,460 grant through FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Grant program. The college says its goal is …"
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
DMACC volunteers package 20,000 meals
Newton Daily News
"Hundreds of eager volunteers slipped on hairnets and plastic gloves Monday afternoon at Newton DMACC campus and packaged 20,000 meals to help fight hunger. …"
Monday, November 13, 2017
DMACC offers students free Thanksgiving dinner
We Are Iowa
"Des Moines Area Community College faculty and staff will be offering a free Thanksgiving dinner to its students. This dinner is being given as a thank you to all Southridge Center credit students, high school Career Advantage students, High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) students and English as a Second Language students.  …"
Monday, November 13, 2017
DMACC receives federal grant to train veterans as truck drivers
Business Record
"Des Moines Area Community College has been awarded an $88,460 grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The DMACC Transportation Institute will use the grant to recruit, train and graduate 20 military veterans and assist them with career placement. The grant money will help cover …"
Thursday, November 09, 2017
$2.5 million allotted for city improvements
Newton Daily News
"An allotment not to exceed $980,000 for an Urban Renewal loan agreement will be used to fund improvements to the DMACC Newton campus facilities; …"
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
High School Students Earning College Credits Before Graduation
"ANKENY, Iowa – Some high school students graduating this year will earn  both a diploma and an associate’s degree. Des Moines Area Community College partners with 64 schools to allow students as early as ninth grade to start earning college credits. …"
October 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
Potential remains at Maytag DMACC Campus
Newton Daily News
"Things are humming again at the old Maytag headquarters in Newton. While plenty of space remains unfilled at the 472,000 square foot facility just two blocks from downtown Newton, organizers are confident they can continue to attract new businesses to the area. Located on the northwest side of town, the former Maytag site is undergoing a renaissance thanks to a collaborative effort between the city of Newton and Des Moines Area Community College. The community college is working to attract new tenants to fill out Maytag's former office space. …"
Monday, October 30, 2017
Story City woman tries to educate Iowans about human trafficking
"Ruth Buckels of Story City has housed nearly 100 teenaged foster children, including some who were victims of human trafficking. Buckels spoke to a group last week at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) campus in Carroll. …"
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Vermeer and DMACC Partnering for Welding Course
"Vermeer and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) are continuing a partnership that helps place welders into the workplace. Angie Neville with DMACC tells KNIA/KRLS News the field has …"
Monday, October 23, 2017
Students Experience STEM Related Jobs at Festival
"Elementary school and middle school students will be able to experience science, technology, engineering and math careers Monday night at the STEM Festival. Des Moines Area Community College is hosting the event to showcase hands-on demonstrations, learning activities and more for third through eighth graders. …"
Thursday, October 19, 2017
DMACC Offers First Fire Science Class for High School Seniors
"High school students have the opportunity to learn how to be a firefighter and registered Emergency Medical Technician at Des Moines Area Community College. …"
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg announce Future Ready Iowa Alliance recommendations
"Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced new Future Ready Iowa Alliance recommendations Tuesday. The recommendations are a major step forward in achieving the Reynolds/Gregg administration’s No. 1 goal: 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce having education or training beyond high school by the year 2025. …"
Monday, October 16, 2017
A Professor's Misunderstood Lesson, a Viral Video and Pomegranates
Inside Higher Ed
"Outsiders might think students at Des Moines Area Community College can be sure of one thing when they take a class with psychology professor Jane Martino: don’t bring pomegranates to class. …"
Monday, October 16, 2017
How low-income students can avoid this college debt trap
Market Watch
"Leaving quickly can be unavoidable for many students. Some do effectively “disappear” on their schools, dropping out without making arrangements or explaining their decisions. Others, said Ean Freels, the financial aid director at Des Moines Area Community College, can be hard to reach, leaving schools with few options. …"
Friday, October 13, 2017
DMACC President Robert J. Denson
We Are Iowa
"Watch video. …"
Friday, October 13, 2017
This place has the best pork tenderloin sandwich in Iowa
Des Moines Register
""A wonderful golden brown, center cut, cooked to perfection breaded pork tenderloin," commented judge Phillip Carey, executive chef and professor at the Des Moines Area Community College Culinary Institute. "The even thickness of the pork loin made this sandwich very enjoyable to eat. A true test of a good breaded pork tenderloin is you can eat it with just a bun. This one was that type of sandwich and I'm ready to go back for another." …"
Friday, October 13, 2017
Viral Video of DMACC Professor Screaming at Class All Part of Valuable Lesson
"What was supposed to be a lesson in psychology has instead given students a lesson in the dangers of social media. …"
Friday, October 13, 2017
Professor goes on anti-pomegranate rant -- for a good reason
"A Des Moines Area Community College professor shouting anti-pomegranate sentiments has gone viral on Twitter. …"
Thursday, October 12, 2017
DMACC lands $500k child care grant
Business Record
"The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Des Moines Area Community College a grant of up to $558,120 for child care services meant to encourage low-income parents to take courses. “Funding from this grant will permit us to increase capacity within our newest and most requested area in the Child Development Center, the infant care area,” …"
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Paustian book on Apollo inspirations wins international award
Business Record
"Anthony Paustian’s new book, “A Quarter Million Steps,” has won a Book Excellence Award for Best Management Book from a Canada-based organization that considered hundreds of entries. Paustian, who is provost of Des Moines Area Community College’s West Des Moines campus, won a prize package worth …"
Thursday, October 05, 2017
ciWeek9 to feature space, Titanic, beat of a different drum
Business Record
"Des Moines Area Community College and the Greater Des Moines Partnership unveiled the list of speakers at a reception Wednesday night. Coming for ciWeek9, "Exploring the Unknown," March 5-8 are: …"
Thursday, October 05, 2017
Educators Join Forces to Address Nursing Shortage in Iowa, Nation
Public News Service
"The nursing shortage in Iowa and across the country is getting the full attention of two educational institutions: Des Moines Area Community College and the University of Iowa. In an agreement announced this week, prospective nurses can take their first three years of schooling at DMACC, then transition to the University of Iowa for a final year of online training. The agreement dramatically reduces the …"
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
UI, DMACC form joint nurse-training program to help students gain bachelor's degrees
Des Moines Register
"Central Iowa nursing students will have a new, relatively inexpensive way to pursue a bachelor’s degree under an agreement signed Tuesday between the University of Iowa and Des Moines Area Community College. …"
September 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Three Area Schools Participate In Carroll DMACC’S ‘Career Discovery Day’
cbc online
"Students from three area schools, Carroll High, Kuemper Catholic and Coon Rapids-Bayard, attended the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Carroll Campus’ Career Discovery Day on Tuesday. Students were split into groups based on their …"
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Philanthropy Examines its Role in Shifting Economic Landscape at Roundtable Conference
Philanthropy Roundtable
"“We are big right now in work-based learning. We are custom designing employees for specific companies,” said Rob Denson, resident of the Des Moines Area Community College. Several institutions of higher learning, particularly community colleges, are fostering public/private partnerships to create pathways that allow a student to gain relevant skills to fill jobs that are growing in today’s workforce. “I’m still amazed that there’s not a common glossary for the work that we want to do between educators and employers,” Denson said. …"
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Legends in Iowa Manufacturing honored
Business Record
"Manufacturing leaders from across Iowa were recognized Tuesday during the third annual Legends in Iowa Manufacturing awards dinner at the Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona. (This includes DMACC board member Fred Buie, who was recently re-elected.) …"
Monday, September 18, 2017
Internship brings summer of learning
Wallaces Farmer
" I used the Dallas County farm located just north of Adel, cash-rented since 2005 by the Des Moines Area Community College Agribusiness Program. The farm served as a real-world example, and DMACC provided data on actual crop production costs, the farm’s actual production history, local cash grain bids for harvest delivery and use of …"
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sept. 21: Interpreting YOUR Property Tax Bill
Business Record
"Property taxes are due in September, and are often a family's or business's single largest state/local tax liability. Learn how to view and analyze your own property tax bill; then get your questions answered by Central Iowa leaders with whom your tax dollars are entrusted. Featured local leaders include: Rob Denson, president, Des Moines Area Community College; Thomas Harper, CFO, Des Moines Public Schools; Karl Vilums, CFO, Broadlawns edical Center; Mary Maloney, Polk County treasurer; Tim Moerman, Waukee city manager; and Elizabeth Presutti, CEO, Des Moines Area Regional Transit. The event is free and open to the public.  …"
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Out of the Darkness Walk sheds light on suicide awareness
"The walk was held Sunday at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, where those affected by suicide came together to shed light on the problem. …"
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Three shining examples of humanity to be honored Sept. 21 in Ankeny
Des Moines Register
"On Sept. 21, at the Iowa Culinary Institute on the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny, this powerful and prescriptive Carver-Iowa legacy will be on full display. In an evening that will work to benefit the restoration of the one-room schoolhouse that Carver first attended and the development of an accompanying distance-education enabled interpretative center, from which schools in Iowa and the nation can benefit, two Iowa treasures will be honored. …"
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
New Ankeny swimming pool draws rave reviews
Des Moines Register
"The new pool, which opened in February, drew rave reviews from the swimmers, coaches and fans. It was built through a partnership between Trail Point, DMACC and the Ankeny Community School District, which provided $2 million through a bond issue toward construction of the facility. …"
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Obermann Center conference to focus on educating prisoners to help them reenter society
Little Village Mag
"All of the state correctional facilities in Iowa are required to offer GED/high school equivalency programs to inmates. The Des Moines Area Community College also provides vocational training programs at six of the facilities. …"
Sunday, September 03, 2017
Registration open for Young Professionals of Iowa Conference
Sioux City Journal
"Registration is open for the 2017 Young Professionals of Iowa (YP Iowa) Conference, scheduled for Sept. 22 at the FFA Enrichment Center on the campus of Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. The conference, hosted by the Ankeny Young Professionals, will bring together …"
Friday, September 01, 2017
Amid gun-law changes, Iowa public universities still weapon-free
Iowa City Press-Citizen
"The campuses of Iowa's three public universities, however, remain areas in which weapons of any kind are heavily regulated and prohibited for nearly everyone except law enforcement officers. Similar polices are in place at Kirkwood and Des Moines Area Community College campuses. …"
August 2017
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Family labor still vital to Iowa farm businesses
Iowa Farmer Today
"The family raised hogs while Mike was growing up. He returned to farm in 1987 after obtaining his ag business degree from Des Moines Area Community College. …"