DMACC in the News

February 2018
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Planning for college? Select high school classes wisely
Des Moines Register
"A sampling of the state's community colleges show that Des Moines Area Community College is $147 per hour, Hawkeye Tech is $169 per hour and Iowa Western is $171 per credit hour. Many high schools offer options that allow high school students to receive college credit for no cost per credit hour. …"
Friday, February 02, 2018
Community colleges teach vocational skills–and a whole lot more
The Washington Post
"As Michael Hoffman, executive director of continuing education at Des Moines Area Community College told me recently, his school's 15 non-credit programs “put students in jobs where they ultimately want to be.” One such program is a network cabling class that helps students learn how to pull wires …"
Friday, February 02, 2018
‘Niche’ offerings boost Newton’s DMACC campus
Newton Daily News
"Several programs offered at the Newton campus are unique to DMACC, and DeHart said he’s hopeful students will seek out the Newton campus for an educational experience that isn’t available anywhere else. …"
January 2018
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Thunder Nites to relocate to DMACC campus
Newton Daily News
"As one of Newton’s most beloved events, Thunder Nites will make its return this year with bands taking the stage at a new venue. On DMACC’s campus, attendees can still expect a variety of funky beats and vendors. …"
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
DMACC Offering Students Food Pantry on Campus
"Des Moines Area Community College is using a grant to help fund a food pantry for its students. According to DMACC Counselor Sheila Aukes The Parenting Assistant Fund is focused on students who are parents or expecting. However, the school will not turn a student away that is needing food. …"
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
DMACC Offering Students Help Filing Taxes
"Tax filing season is here again, and a metro school is working to make the process a little easier. Starting on Wednesday, DMACC will offer free tax help at its urban campus on 7th Street. Students certified by the IRS will help prepare and file taxes for anyone with an income under $58,000. This is the 11th year DMACC has offered the service. …"
Monday, January 29, 2018
DMACC to Offer HiSet Classes in Knoxville
"Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Knoxville will be offering residents a chance to continue their education to people who might not have a high school diploma. …"
Monday, January 29, 2018
Estes concert raises $30,000 for DMACC music scholarship fund
Business Record
"A Christmas concert by world-famous bass-baritone Simon Estes raised $30,000 to support the Des Moines Area Community College’s new Music Scholarship Fund dedicated in the singer’s name. The concert featured Christmas songs sung by Estes, the DMACC Chamber Ensemble and choirs from …"
Friday, January 26, 2018
Iowa community colleges face dips in money and students
The Gazette
"Des Moines Area Community College President Rob Denson said the state’s community colleges are “the most important” player in being able to attain that goal. “That’s because about 60 percent of jobs in Iowa require more than high school but no more than a two-year degree,” Denson said. “So I think we are uniquely positioned.” …"
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Principal Financial provides $50,000 IT training grant to DMACC
Business Record
"Principal Financial Group has awarded a $50,000 grant in support of Des Moines Area Community College’s Information Technology and Network Administration program. The grant allows DMACC to purchase new technology and software, along with additional training stations to expand program capacity. “The DMACC ITNA program is an important resource for …"
Friday, January 19, 2018
RSVP Tax Assistance available beginning Feb. 1
Newton Daily News
"Experienced volunteers for the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Tax Assistance Program are prepared to help you this tax season. Free income tax assistance is available for those older than 60 years of age and clients on low or fixed incomes. Newton DMACC appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 through Feb. 28 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and March 1 through April 11 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. …"
Thursday, January 18, 2018
DMACC aims for student success, president says
Journal Express
"DMACC prepares students for a wide variety of jobs, Denson said. Its online courses are training more than 22,000 airport agents in 36 states for the Transportation Security Administration, he said. DMACC’s Iowa Culinary Institute prepares students to work in restaurants across the state, he said. Denson rattled off a litany of professions for which DMACC offers unique programs, including mortuary science. ‘We’ve got you covered from cradle to grave,” Denson said. “When a baby is born in central Iowa, very likely there’s a DMACC nurse in the delivery room. You die now, and likely one of our morticians is helping you on the other side.” DMACC serves 37,000 credit students at six campuses and four career academies across central Iowa, Denson said, but students don’t get lost in the crowd. Its average class size is 18, he said. …"
Monday, January 15, 2018
Reynolds wants $18 million to address Iowa's workforce shortage
Des Moines Register
"If approved - the scholarship program isn't expected to be funded until fiscal year 2020 - it would put Iowa more in line with states like Tennessee that offer free community college education for all, said Rob Denson, president of Des Moines Area Community College. For student who qualify, the program would essentially offer a free college education, Denson said, with no student debt. …"
Saturday, January 13, 2018
'We're getting there': Southridge Mall chips away at revitalization
Des Moines Register
"Now there are plans to build 288 apartments south of Younkers, expand the DMACC campus and add a Drake University-led Head Start program. …"
Friday, January 12, 2018
Norwalk High School offers new classes to students
Des Moines Register
"Along with the benefits that come from real life experiences, Prieksat's students are also earning credits from Des Moines Area Community College during their internship experiences. …"
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Dual degree program offered for nursing students
Radio Iowa
"A partnership between Drake University and Mercy College of Health Sciences will enable students to earn two bachelor degrees in four years. Nancy Kertz, dean of Mercy’s School of Nursing, says the accelerated program will help fill a significant number of job openings in nursing. …"
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Pella High Senior Selected for Prestigious DMACC Scholarship
"Codi Holdeman has been selected to be a Mark Pearson Scholar. This is a full-ride tuition scholarship to DMACC that is available to FFA chapters presidents regardless of their intended major or career path. …"
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
English as a Second Language Classes to be held at Marion County Public Health
"Des Moines Area Community College and Marion County Public Health have once again partnered together to bring English as a Second Language Classes (ESL) to Knoxville. …"
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
ESL program continues to grow at DMACC
Newton Daily News
"In it’s second year the English as a Second Language, or ESL program, at Newton’s DMACC campus is expanding due to increased demand administrators at DMACC said. …"
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Building a bridge between DMACC and Newton
Newton Daily News
"The green space at Newton’s DMACC Maytag campus is ready for its closeup. DMACC administrators and city officials are working together on a plan to transform the space, something they hope will build a bridge between downtown Newton and the DMACC campus. …"
Monday, January 08, 2018
The False Promises of Worker Retraining
The Atlantic
"Some schools, like Des Moines Area Community College, have expanded their non-credit programs to get new classes up and running more quickly than in the past and teach students just enough to start a career. …"
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Des Moines Fire Department Sees Record Calls In 2017
The Patch
"The trainees include a senior paramedic class through Des Moines Area Community College and a junior firefighting class being trained internally. Students in the two-year paramedic program currently are involved in ride-alongs with ambulance and emergency personnel; the firefighter candidates are starting tactical work at fire scenes and got valuable on-site experience last month at the Plaza Lanes fire in north …"
December 2017
Thursday, December 21, 2017
DMACC Student Delivers Care Packages To Patients At St. Anthony Regional Hospital
"Last week, 2015 Glidden-Ralston graduate and current Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) student, Cierra Steinbach, donated 12 care packages to patients at St. Anthony Regional Hospital. The inspiration for the donation came from a service project assignment in her Composition 2 class. …"
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Simon Estes performs his first Christmas concert
Ames Tribune
"This year, Estes decided to do his first Christmas concert and use the money for scholarships at DMACC. …"
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Iowa legend Simon Estes is doing something next week that he’s never done before
Des Moines Register
"I’m doing something I’ve never done in my 53 years, almost, professionally as an opera singer. I’ve never done a Christmas concert, per se, just with popular Christmas carols. That’s what I’m going to do. (It’ll) be a combination of Christmas carols and negro spiritual (music) — “Go Tell It on the Mountain” — and then I’ve got two high school choirs from Ankeny that are going to sing and the DMACC chamber ensemble choir is going to sing. … I might do something a little lighter like “Jungle Bells” and “White Christmas.” Melodies people have heard and sung their whole lives. …"
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Story County students, schools and businesses recognized at SCALE luncheon
Ames Tribune
"When first approached about the idea of his students gaining real-world experience from local businesses while gaining credit from Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Nevada High School Principal Kody Asmus said he was all in. …"
Thursday, December 07, 2017
Ankeny DMACC Concert Features Simon Estes, Student Vocalists
The Patch
"The vocal music concert Friday is the first of three events featuring Estes, DMACC singers and musicians and Ankeny high school students. …"
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
DMACC hosts second annual Holiday Celebration
Newton Daily News
"For one night of the year, DMACC’s Newton campus transforms into a Christmas wonderland featuring a life-sized gingerbread house, a visit from Santa Claus and carolers. The second annual Holiday Celebration drew in hundreds of DMACC students and their families Tuesday night. …"
Monday, December 04, 2017
Educational Programs Help Reduce Recidivism in Iowa
Public News Service
"Hollie Coon oversees Des Moines Area Community College's educational programs at Newton Correctional Facility and Iowa Correction Institute for Women. She says a criminal history and lack of education can prevent those who are re-entering society from finding a job that can support their families …"
November 2017
Monday, November 27, 2017
Spring Enrollment Now Open For DMACC
"Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) has recently opened their spring enrollment to students interested in attending classes. Academic Advisor for DMACC, Andrea Gotta tells KNIA/KRLS News if students wish to sign up for classes or for help with financial aid or any other questions they can …"