Outstanding Alumni Award
Retired, DMACC Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, Industry and Technology
(AAS Auto Technology attended 1975-1977 but was awarded in 1991) – Ankeny Campus
Few have had more of an influence on automotive technicians in Central Iowa than Scott Ocken. A graduate of the DMACC Auto Technology program on the Ankeny Campus, Scott served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs in the Industry and Technology program for years before recently retiring.
In his leadership role, he was instrumental in helping the Automotive Technology program—along with several others—grow to better serve employers in the region. The DMACC Automotive Technology program is recognized as one of the best in the Midwest and has turned out hundreds of automotive technicians currently working in Iowa.
“Scott provided leadership to our programs and support us in advocating for students across the college and within the community,” says Megan Snook-Lautner, a Pathway Navigator in Industry & Technology at DMACC, in support of Scott’s nomination for the Outstanding Alumni Award. “His unique perspective as a graduate from this area also brought a valuable voice to discussions and strategies when looking at recruitment and retention efforts.”
In addition to having a meaningful impact on students, Scott has left a lasting impression on his coworkers.
“Scott took it upon himself to provide exceptional support and service to all faculty and staff,” says Industry & Technology Coordinator Megan Ellsworth. “In my experience with Scott, he was always willing to pitch in during times of need, especially if it involved student success. I have never met someone so student focused.”
Even in retirement, Scott’s passion for pushing students to new heights remains.
“While many of us only knew Scott in his roles as Academic Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs, his regular actions across campus demonstrated that the titles of ‘student’ and ‘graduate’ are some of his proudest positions,” Snook-Lautner says. “His impact on our college and community as a graduate and leader will be visible for years to come.”