DMACC in the News

April 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
DMACC Fashion Gala Puts a New Spin on Recycled Fashion
"The DMACC Fashion Institute is hosting its 5th annual Fashion Gala this weekend and this year’s theme revolves around unconventional materials. Students designed 20 different outfits with the environment and sustainability in mind. …"
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Distracted Driver Simulation includes 350 DMACC students
Audubon County Advocate Journal
"Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Carroll Campus nursing student Carly Johnston of Audubon (pictured at right) asked questions of Ankeny Campus Nursing Student Taylor Neumann of …"
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
DMACC's Diesel Technology Program Receives Donated Vehicles
"The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) recently received two donated vehicles for their Diesel Technology Program. …"
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
The Carroll Library And DMACC Team Up To Celebrate Earth Day On Saturday
cbc online
"Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and the Carroll Public Library are teaming up this weekend to celebrate Earth Day. On Saturday, April 20, area residents are invited to DMACC’s Carroll Campus on Grant Road from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a variety of fun, nature-related activities. …"
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Feed the Starving - DMACC volunteers package 25,000 meals from Meals from the Heartland
Newton Daily News
"The Newton DMACC Conference Center was buzzing with activity Tuesday afternoon as students, staff and faculty came together to help those in need. More than 100 volunteers gathered at the Newton campus, donning plastic gloves and hairnets to help with the Meals from the Heartland packaging event. In honor of Newton campus’ 25th anniversary, the goal was to package 25,000 meals. …"
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
DMACC Students take part in mass casualty simulation
We Are Iowa
"ANKENY - Students at DMACC put their teamwork to the test on Monday during a disaster simulation. It involved students from all across the school. "We are doing our spring mass casualty multi-campus, multi-program simulation experience," said Melody Bethards with DMACC. …"
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
UI student improving the health of his hometown
Iowa Now
"Now, group members are working to identify and assess specific areas for prioritized projects and enhancements. These will address network connectivity and support active transportation between key points of interest, including Legacy Plaza, the Des Moines Area Community College campus, downtown, schools, and recreational spaces. …"
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
DMACC announces new Simon Estes School of Fine Arts
"DMACC President and CEO Rob Denson announced today the new Simon Estes School of Fine Arts at DMACC. Initial plans call for the music and theater programs to be expanded and housed under the new fine arts school. But, eventually other programs will be added. …"
Monday, April 15, 2019
DMACC students place at PBL competition
Boone News Republican
"The Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) student business organization at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) recently participated in the State Leadership Conference held in Coralville on March 29 and 30. The students, accompanied by their advisers Christine Moon, Susan McCoy, Tasha Mullihan, Russ Holmes and Joe Hanson, competed against other Iowa college students in various business related events, receiving both individual and chapter awards. …"
Monday, April 15, 2019
DMACC Automotive Signing Day
Atlantic News Telegraph
"On March 8, a total of 21 high school students signed a certificate of intent to attend DMACC during the college’s first-ever Automotive Signing Day. …"
Sunday, April 14, 2019
DMACC Boone campus hosts Boone family STEM festival
"Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids? Check out the Boone Family STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Festival from 9 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, April 13 at the DMACC Boone Campus at 1125 Hancock Drive in Boone. This free event is open to families with kids of all ages to experience hands-on STEM activities. …"
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Tyson-DMACC partnership honors second graduating class
The Perry News
"Four students were honored Saturday at a banquet at the Hotel Pattee as the second class to graduate from the Des Moines Area Community College VanKirk Career Academy and Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. partnership called the Industrial Maintenance One-Plus-Two Training Program. …"
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Ames Tribune’s Best of Preps 2019 set for May 19
Ames Tribune
"The banquet is hosted by the Ames Tribune in partnership with Des Moines Area Community College and sponsored by Fareway Meat and Grocery and Ames Ford Lincoln. …"
Saturday, April 13, 2019
DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts program brings authors
Hamburg Reporter
"The event, like others from the ‘Celebration of Literary Arts’ program were free-of-charge to the public and drew a crowd of DMACC students and Boone locals to the DMACC Auditorium eager to hear words from literary professionals John Domini and Lettie Prell. …"
Friday, April 12, 2019
Get in the Masters mood with this perfectly synchronized four-person putt in extremely windy conditions
Des Moines Register
"High wind? No problem — at least for the members of the DMACC women's golf team who hit this perfectly synchronized four-person putt while visiting the Green Hills Golf Course in Chillicothe, Missouri. …"
Friday, April 12, 2019
Former DMACC softball All-American Molly Jacobsen named Transfer of the Year
Hamburg Reporter
"Softball America has named former Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) All-American Molly Jacobsen a Transfer of the Year. Jacobsen, a junior at the University of Mississippi …"
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Shurtape’s Mission: HVAC is Back for a Fifth Year
High Tech Deck
"That’s why Shurtape, a Hickory, N.C.- based manufacturer and marketer of pressure-sensitive tapes, introduced its Mission: HVAC, Educating for Success program in 2015 – with the goal of arming students with the money and hands-on experience they need to succeed in the HVAC field. Now celebrating its fifth year, Shurtape is proud to introduce this year’s three Mission: HVAC students: · Michael Clemons – Student, Des Moines Area Community College (Des Moines, Iowa): Michael loves being hands-on, so the HVAC industry is perfect for him. He is intrigued by the growing industry and is excited to gain even more HVAC experience. …"
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
87-year-old woodcarver's comfort birds given as gifts bring solace
The Courier
"He learned carpentry skills from his father and did carpentry, finish work and built furniture as a hobby until he took a basic woodcarving class at Des Moines Area Community College in 1982. He was hooked. …"
Monday, April 08, 2019
DMACC Participates in ‘National Crime Victims’ Rights Week’
"Des Moines Area Community College is bringing awareness to different rights and issues when it comes to crime victims. During the week of April 8th, the community college participates for a second year in National Crime Victims' Rights Week. …"
Monday, April 08, 2019
New wind coalition announced
"The coalition called “Power Up Iowa” was announced at Des Moines Area Community College, where vice president Scott Ocken oversees the program that trains people to work on wind turbines. …"
Saturday, April 06, 2019
DMACC announces new program offerings, courses for Fall 2019
Nebraska City News-Press
"DMACC has announced a variety of new program offerings for fall 2019, bringing the college’s total offerings to more than 230 diplomas, certificates and technical program awards, as well as liberal arts transfer degrees and pre-professional programs. …"
Friday, April 05, 2019
Area students receive hands-on diesel training
Boone News-Republican
"DMACC diesel technology student, Bill White of Slater, sets the overhead on a Detroit 60 Series engine during a class on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. …"
Thursday, April 04, 2019
Civil Engineering Technicians are In Demand
Snyder & Associates
"Across the Midwest and beyond, Civil Engineering Technicians are in high demand and there aren’t enough people to fill available career opportunities. With nearly 20 years as an instructor and over 10 in the industry, Renee White, Civil Engineering Technology (CET) Instructor and Group Leader for Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) knows the industry well and is floored by the demand. …"
Thursday, April 04, 2019
Des Moines has a culinary sister city in France, and these chefs visited for a contest
Des Moines Register
"This is LaValle's 18th year attending the event that's dear to his heart with a team of culinary representatives from Des Moines, but it's the 35th year for the chef exchange between the Association of Cooks of the Loire and the kitchen department of DMACC. …"
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
'Don't write alone': Bob Odenkirk joins DMACC playwriting class special guest lecturer
Des Moines Register
"An average playwriting class at DMACC became a special event Tuesday when comedian, writer and actor Bob Odenkirk dropped in remotely to discuss writing, show business and even offered a few Iowa Cubs references. …"
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
DMACC’s Celebration of the Literary Arts
Newton Daily News
"Des Moines Area Community College’s (DMACC’s) 17th annual Celebration of the Literary Arts will be April 8-10 with classroom visits to all six DMACC campuses by area writers and literary instructors. …"
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Bob Odenkirk gives advice to DMACC students
We Are Iowa
"Aspiring writers got to chat with a Hollywood celebrity today. The celebrity has appeared in hits such as Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. He gave advice for what makes a successful writer in Hollywood. …"
Monday, April 01, 2019
Upcoming opportunities to hear from Holocaust survivor Celina Karp Biniaz
Little Village
"Biniaz will also be speaking this week at the campuses Des Moines Area Community College sites in Ankeny, Boone and Urban campus in Des Moines with her presentation Second Chance: My Story. …"
March 2019
Friday, March 29, 2019
A dream come true: Ryan Fritze continues his baseball journey with the Arizona Diamondbacks
Woodbury Bulletin
"After graduating from Woodbury, Fritze went to Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Boone, Iowa, to play a couple years of junior college baseball. At DMACC, he was the No. 1 starting pitcher and was able to develop his skills at a high level. "While I was at DMACC, we were nationally ranked and played against competitive teams every game," Fritze said. "That helped us, as players, prepare ourselves to the best of our abilities because each game was important and against a highly-ranked team." …"
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Kamala Harris to host training sessions on Iowa college campuses
The Daily Iowan
"The program, called Camp Kamala, will accept applications from students and young adults until April 13; the sessions will take place April 16-18 at the University of Iowa, Iowa State, University of Northern Iowa, Drake, and Des Moines Area Community College. …"
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Holocaust survivor to speak on three DMACC campuses
Boone News/Republican
"One of the last survivors of the Holocaust will visit three DMACC campuses and describe the horror she personally experienced during her childhood. …"
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
College Culinary Students Show Off Pork Skills
Farm Journal's Pork
"In early March, the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) hosted the Student Taste of Elegance at the Iowa Culinary Institute on the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny. Eleven teams from five different colleges and universities competed in the contest.  …"
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
The World Food Prize selects 11 students for its prestigious internship program
High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal
"Eleven interns from the Des Moines Area Community College, Drake University, Grand View University, and Iowa State University will learn first-hand both the public and private side of operating an international non-profit organization and increase their understanding of the international fight against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. …"
Saturday, March 23, 2019
ADM, DC-G students participate in DMACC’s first-ever Automotive Signing Day
Dallas County News
"A total of 21 students each signed a certificate of intent to attend Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in a special ceremony for the College’s first ever Automotive Signing Day. …"
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Survivor’s story: Former homeless man recounts experience, works to make life easier for others
Ames Tribune
"“I didn’t think Iowa State was ever going to accept me off the street, with no money to put up, and me starting from scratch in terms of education,” Johnson said. “But that’s what motivated me. I had friends encouraging me to just try, and I knew if I didn’t give a shot, I may not ever turn my life around.” The external and internal motivation coupled with his recovery from alcoholism fueled Johnson’s pursuit of an education. In the ensuing years, Johnson would go online and teach himself algebra and geometry and study for hours on end, absorbing everything he could. The months of studying paid off when Johnson passed the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) at Des Moines Area Community College and earned a acceptance letter to Iowa State in October 2014. …"
Thursday, March 21, 2019
College culinary students show off pork skills
KMA Land
"In early March, the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) hosted the Student Taste of Elegance at the Iowa Culinary Institute on the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny. Eleven teams from five different colleges and universities competed in the contest. …"
Thursday, March 21, 2019
College students put culinary skills to test in IPPA Taste of Elegance
National Hog Farmer
"Eleven teams from five different colleges and universities recently put their culinary skills to the test during the Iowa Pork Producers Association's Student Taste of Elegance. The event was held at the Iowa Culinary Institute on the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny.  …"
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Perry School Board hears presentation from PHS Building Trades Department
Boone News Republican
"“There’s a lot of good energy,” Superintendent Clark Wicks said of meetings between the school, the City of Perry, Perry Economic Development and Des Moines Area Community College. Morman said they are working with DMACC about the possibility of having the construction class be a dual credit class. …"
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Dallas Center-Grimes, area students get a first-hand look at becoming an EMT
Dallas County News
"The career day was sponsored by Des Moines Area Community College Perry VanKirk Career Academy and around 30 students from surrounding …"
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
DMACC will add armed security guards on campuses this fall
Des Moines Register
"Des Moines Area Community College will have armed security officers patrolling its central Iowa campuses this fall. The community college made the …"
Friday, March 08, 2019
DMACC could get armed retired cops on campuses
We Are Iowa
"ANKENY - It's all in the name of prevention. That's what Des Moines Area Community College officials are saying tonight about their proposed plan to …"
Thursday, March 07, 2019
District director of curriculum presents proposed CTE programs
Ames Tribune
"Risner said using DMACC for concurrent enrollment is beneficial, not only for students in pathways, but for the cost of school districts to offer the …"
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
New apprenticeship program helps Osceola’s Miller Products Co. build stronger future
Osceola Sentinal-Tribuen
"Following Department of Labor guidelines and working with DMACC, Miller currently has two employees working their way through the CNC Operator …"
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Spring Transfer Fair at DMACC
We are Iowa
"Whatever your education or career goals, DMACC can be a great place to start …"
Monday, March 04, 2019
Three Apollo astronauts to appear at DMACC for Innovation Week
"July will mark the 50th anniversary of what’s considered humankind’s greatest scientific achievement, landing a man on the moon. To honor the landmark, Des Moines Area Community College is bringing in three Apollo astronauts to speak in a single panel this week. …"
Monday, March 04, 2019
DMACC Welcomes Record-Setting Apollo 15 Astronaut, Al Worden, To Carroll
cbc online
"Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) is celebrating ciWeek, or Celebrate! Innovation Week, and the college’s Carroll campus joined in by welcoming former astronaut, Al Worden, to speak. …"
Friday, March 01, 2019
CiWeek Leaps to DMACC West Des Moines for 10 Year Anniversary
"The theme for CiWeek 10 is “Small Steps to Giant Leaps." It is referencing the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Chief Administration Officer West Des Moines DMACC Anthony Paustian said the event-filled week is celebrating all types of accomplishments. …"
Friday, March 01, 2019
He inspired the movie 'Chef.' Now he's traveling to Iowa to give cooking demonstrations at DMACC.
Des Moines Register
"A celebrity chef known for helping inspire the Jon Favreau movie "Chef" in 2014 will make his way to DMACC to give a cooking demonstration. …"
Friday, March 01, 2019
Artist Profile: Simon Estes, Legendary Bass-Baritone
"Moreover, he has been a professor at such universities as the Des Moines Area Community College and Wartburg College, among others. …"
February 2019
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
FREE ciWeek to include a panel of Apollo astronauts!
WHO Radio
"Tony Paustian with the DMACC ciWeek (Celebrate Innovation Week) joined Van and Bonnie in the studio to talk about the FREE event at the DMACC West Campus at 5959 Grand Avenue in West Des Moines! Randi Zuckerberg (Mark Zukerberg's sister - who invented Facebook Live), Dr. James Hansen (author and movie co-producer of "First Man"), Roy Choi (Celebrity Chef), Jerry Greenfield (co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream), a panel of Apollo Astronauts and many more will be speaking! Get all the information you need at You can hear the entire interview with Tony here... …"
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
DMACC Discovery Days Gives Students Opportunity To Explore Different Career Paths
cbc online
"More than 100 student from Carroll, Ar-We-Va and Glidden Ralston High Schools visited the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Carroll Campus Tuesday to participate in Career Discovery Days. Students were split up into seven career pathways and toured …"
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Two Year Degree Programs May Fill Remaning Employment Gap
"The Iowa governor’s “Future Ready” initiative includes a higher-education credential for 70% of all state residents by 2025, compared to the current 58%. Des Moines Area Community College President Rob Denson says too many Iowans still don’t access the educational opportunities in their own backyard.  …"
Friday, February 22, 2019
World-Record-Holding Astronaut To Address Public At DMACC
cbc online
"A once-in-a-lifetime experience will be coming to the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Carroll Campus on Monday, March 4 with a special presentation from astronaut, Al Worden. Worden was the Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot from July 26 to Aug. 7, 1971. He is a world-record-holding astronaut, having completed the …"
Friday, February 22, 2019
'Carroll is lucky' Its child care center has been an important element of the community's economic success
The Gazette
"Indeed, young professionals in town agree. Teresa Friesen, 32, an instructor of human services, sociology and psychology for the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Carroll, said the center is one of the reasons why she and her husband Corey, a physical therapist, choose to live there. …"
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Krafcisin finds his happy place
"BOONE, Iowa —Three hundred wins and counting for basketball legend Steve Krafcisin. …"
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
‘As it is in Heaven’ to be shown at DMACC
Newton Daily News
"“As It Is in Heaven,” a 2004 Swedish film that was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2005 Academy Awards, will be shown at noon and again at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 118 at Newton DMACC. Shown in connection with DMACC’s “Year of Sweden” project …"
Sunday, February 17, 2019
This Kalona home-based office carries a global impact
Iowa City Press Citizen
"“They have almost zero females in these vocational schools in Georgia,” says Curt.  “They learned a lot from DMACC (Des Moines Area Community College) which now has 55 percent females.” …"
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Channel 13 invites you to JDRF One Walk May 11
"Channel 13 invites you to help put an end to type 1 diabetes (T1D) by participating in the JDRF One Walk!  Join Channel 13’s Jeriann Ritter and Ed Wilson: Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 Time: Check in at 8 AM – Walk starts at 10 AM New Location: Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Ankeny Campus …"
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Court Reporting and Captioning Week in Iowa
Newton Daily News
"DMACC is the only college or university in Iowa and the entire Midwest to offer Court Reporting. The DMACC Newton Campus will be hosting an …"
January 2019
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Applications For Local Ag Scholarship Fund Are Now Available
cbc online
"Nathan Vonname is majoring in ag science and animal science studies at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny. …"
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Building issues may force public works to seek other options
Newton Daily News
"Moving forward with Rhone’s plan has an advantage, Chapé said, for the city and its continued partnership with Des Moines Area Community College, which owns the collection of Maytag buildings known as Legacy Plaza. In favor of a solution, Chapé liked the “workflow efficiencies” created from the park shop conversion and is also concerned of the safety of staff in the event of a tornado, stating that she prays it will not happen. …"
Monday, January 28, 2019
DMACC Focuses on Football, Race for Black History Month
Public News Service
"Talent on the gridiron combined with race is the focus of a Tuesday presentation at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). …"
Saturday, January 26, 2019
This week in local government
Ames Tribune
"The other groups partnering in the project are Des Moines Area Community College and Iowa State University. …"
Friday, January 25, 2019
Iowa youth leaders named at Iowa Pork Congress
National Hog Farmer
"Grau is a former state FFA officer and is now a student at Des Moines Area Community College. The daughter of Shannon Grau-Quail and the late Gordon Grau of Newell also plans to attend ISU in the fall and study agriculture and life science education. Her plan is to teach high school ag education. …"
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Walmart says its Iowa truck drivers can make $87,500 — more than the average accountant
Des Moines Register
"While the figures may seem high at first glance, Walmart's average pay of $87,500 isn't out of line with what drivers can earn elsewhere, said Dave Pfiffner, director of the transportation institute at Des Moines Area Community College. …"
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
CADC Director Outlines Priorities And Funding Gaps For Next Fiscal Year
CBC Online
"The CADC is taking what they have learned and partners with school districts and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) to address workforce issues …"