Career Academy Programs - DMACC Perry VanKirk Center

​​​​​During the day, the DMACC Career Academy offers career and technical programs primarily to high school students through a partnership with area districts.

The Career Academy primarily serves students from ADM, Panorama, Perry, and Woodward Granger. Some of the educational programs include state-of-the-art facilities for academic courses such as composition and psychology, automotive technology, health occupations, ag business, business, criminal justice, office/clinic support assistant certificate, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), teaching academy, and welding.

These classes provide area high school students with excellent educational opportunities. Registration in these courses is handled by local guidance counselors and principals. Nearly 250 students from the tri-county area (Dallas, Boone, Guthrie) took advantage of free college credits at the VanKirk Career ​Academy.

Programs Available

Course # Course Name Credits
BIO173Anatomy and Physiology II4
ENG106Composition II3
HIS153U.S. History since 18773
LIT101Intro to Literature3
MAT110Math for Liberal Arts3
POL111American National Government3
PSY121Developmental Psychology3
SOC110Intro to Sociology3
SOC115Social Problems3
SPC101Fund. of Oral Communication3
Applied Engineering Technology
Course # Course Name Credits
ELT131Motor Controls3
ELT303Principles of Electricity3
MFG276Hand & Bench Tools1
Automotive Mechanics Technology
This program is designed to prepare students for employment in the automotive service industry.
Course # Course Name Credits
Year 1
AUT111Intro to Auto Tech I6
AUT112Intro to Auto Tech II6
Course # Course Name Credits
BUS102Intro to Business3
BUS138Small Business Marketing3
BUS148Small Business Management3
MGT145Human Relations in Business3
Computer Programming

Experience Your Future...With DMACC Computer Programming Academy! You can pursue a career in the tech industry with a Computer Programming Certificate by starting a 36-credit program in a high-demand, high-paying software development field. This program is a private-public partnership that aims to bring high-tech jobs to rural Iowa in collaboration with industry leaders that may offer our graduates paid internships and immediate job opportunities upon completion. Learn programming concepts, solve problems using various programming languages (C#, Java, HTML, SQL, databases, etc.) and gain valuable technology-based work skills.

Course # Course Name Credits
CIS125Intro to Programming Logic3
WDV101Intro to HTML and CSS3
Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program introduces students to criminal law and crime scene investigation and prepares them for entry into the criminal justice field. Twelve DMACC credits are available upon completion of this DMACC Career Academy course offering.​

Course # Course Name Credits
CRJ100Intro to Criminal Justice3
CRJ107Survey of Criminal Justice Agencies3
CRJ201Juvenile Delinquency3
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

​Ready to make a difference? The Emergency Services Program provides students the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to provide lifesaving services. EMT students will function in uncommon and high-stress situations by performing comprehensive patient assessments, obtaining vital signs, controlling hemorrhaging, bandaging wounds, administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (including the use of automated external defibrillators), and providing pre-hospital emergency medical care of simple and multiple system injuries. Six DMACC credits are available upon completion of this DMACC Career Academy course offering. **Students must be at least 17 years of age by the first day of class. *In addition to classroom time, students will be required to attend clinical and field rotations during the course of the class, which will require time outside the classroom. Students will also have to complete a criminal background check.

Course # Course Name Credits
EMS214Emergency Medical Technician6
Health Occupations
Course # Course Name Credits
HSC101Emergency Care1
HSC102Emergency Care1
HSC105Survey of Health Careers1
HSC109Intro to Health Careers3
HSC114Medical Terminology3
HSC172Nurse Aide 75 Hours3
HSC182Advanced Nurse Aide3
Human Services

This program is designed for those students who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the Human Services field and the helping professions. The program emphasizes skills needed in working with clients, such as interviewing, making appropriate referrals and assisting with mental counseling. Due to the nature of this class, mature topics will be discussed.​

Course # Course Name Credits
HSV109Introduction to Human Services3
HSV130Interviewing/Interpersonal Relations3
Teacher Academy
The Teacher Academy provides students with an opportunity to exploreeducation-related professions and take part in real-life teaching experiences.
Course # Course Name Credits
EDU210Foundations of Education3
EDU218Initial Field Experience2
SDV164Electronic Portfolio Development2
WBL100Exploring Careers1
 This program allows students to engage in experiential learning in the area of welding.
Course # Course Name Credits
WEL228Intro to Welding Safety and Health of Welders1
WEL233Print Read/Sym Inter: SENSE13
WEL244GMAW Short Circuit Transfer2
WEL254Inspection/Test Princ: SENSE11
WEL262OFC-I Manual & Mech: SENSE12