Career Academy Programs - DMACC Ankeny Campus


The DMACC Career Academy on the Ankeny Campus provides state-of-the-art career and technical training and college credit to high school students.

The educational academies on the Ankeny Campus are auto collision, automotive technology, business administration, computer programming, criminal justice, culinary arts, diesel technology, health occupations, horticulture, machine operations/tool & die, robotics and control systems engineering technology, and visual communication/graphic design.

DMACC Career Academy programs are college level coursework infused with professional skills. In addition to earning college credit, students in all programs will:

  • Learn, develop, and practice professional communication skills
  • Compose a professional resume
  • Complete job shadowing or internship experiences in business/industry

Classes Offered

These classes provide area high school students with excellent educational opportunities. All DMACC Career Academy programs are one year long (two semesters). Several academies offer a second year of programming. Students must complete Year 1 before enrolling in Year 2. Registration in these courses is handled by local guidance counselors and principals.

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Programs Available

Automotive Collision Technology
This program introduces students to the highly technological industry of Auto Collision and Repair. Students will gain experience in the areas of basic shop operations and procedures, welding, painting and shop safety. Fifteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings. Completion of this program as a high school student provides the opportunity to complete the college diploma program in two college semesters.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M-F 7:45-10:10am
CRR150Basic Shop Safety1
CRR325Sheet Metal Fundamentals5
CRR101Sheet Metal Welding2
CRR841Principles of Refinishing5
CRR742Estimating Theory2
Automotive Mechanics Technology
The Automotive Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment in the automotive service industry. This technological program allows students to gain experience with shop tools, automotive engines, brakes, suspension and alignment. Twelve DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M-F 7:45-9:45am or 12:45 to 2:45pm
AUT111Intro to Auto Tech I6
AUT112Intro to Auto Tech II6
Business Administration
Students are provided a foundation of business-related courses that will prepare them for entrance in multiple business-related postsecondary opportunities. Eighteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M–F, 12:50–2:50 p.m.
BUS102Intro to Business3
ADM221Career Development Skills2
ACC131Accounting I4
BUS148Small Business Management3
ACC132Accounting II4
BUS185Business Law I3
Computer Programming
Students are provided a foundation of business-related courses that will prepare Students have the opportunity to sign up for one or both semesters of courses that provide an introduction to the latest in computer science and programming. Eighteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M–F, 7:45–9:45 a.m.
CIS125Intro to Programming w/Logic3
CIS604Visual Basic3
CIS169C#3
CIS303Intro to Database3
CIS174Advanced C# Programming3
CIS332Database & SQL3
Computer-Aided Design Technology
If you have mechanical aptitude, attention for detail, analytical thinking and are a dependable team member, CAD Tech could be for you. Careers in computer-aided design, including drawing in both two-dimensional and three dimensional realms, designing new products, creating models, and more. Through DMACC’s computer-aided design (CAD) technology program, you’ll learn how to use a variety of software packages, create prototypes, practice reverse engineering, perform geometric dimensioning, and more. Twelve DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Times Available: M-F 12:45-2:45 p.m.
CAD151CAD Graphics I6
CAD152CAD Graphics II6
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. Sixteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M–F, 7:45-9:45 a.m. OR 12:45–2:45 p.m.
CRJ100Intro to Criminal Justice3
CRJ141Criminal Investigation I3
CRJ107Survey Criminal Justice Agencies3
CRJ196Crime Scene Investigation2
CRJ109Theories of Interviewing3
CRJ197Crime Scene Investigation II2
Culinary Arts
Through hands-on experience, you will learn the scientific principles used in food preparation, the hospitality industry, plus fundamentals of dining and sanitation. Twelve DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings. A second year of programming is available for returning students by arrangement.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M–F, 7:45–9:45 a.m. or 12:45–2:45 p.m.
HCM143Food Preparation I3
HCM144Food Preparation Lab I3
HCM152Food Preparation II2
HCM153Food Preparation Lab II2
HCM100Sanitation & Safety2
Diesel Technology
This program prepares students for a career in the area of diesel repair. Instruction is in the repair, maintenance and testing of diesel engines, power trains and components of trucks and construction equipment. Twelve DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M–F, 12:45–2:45 p.m.
DSL546Power Trains I6
DSL606Hydraulics & Brakes6
Dietary Management

The Dietary Management Career Academy is a comprehensive training program designed to develop the skills and competencies of those seeking employment in the healthcare food industry, enabling them to participate in providing food and nutritional care services. Students successfully completing the academy will receive a Dietary Manager Specialist Certificate and are eligible for membership in the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals.

They will also be eligible to take the ANFP National Credentialing exam.

Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered 12:50-2:50 p.m.
DTM350Health Field1
DTM351Food Preparation1
DTM352Sanitation/Meal Service2
DTM353Nutrition Life Cycle1
DTM354Modified Diets1
DTM355Food Production Management1
DTM356Food Service Management2
DTM361Food Preparation Field Experience1
DTM362Sanitation/Meal Service Field Experience1
DTM363Nutrition L.C. Field Experience1
DTM364Modified Diets Field Experience1
DTM365Food Production Field Experience1
DTM366Food Service Management Field Experience1
Engineering Technology
Discover what careers are available in the world of engineering technology! If you are interested in designing, developing, and implementing engineering concepts and technology, these courses are for you. In this Academy, you’ll investigate microcomputer hardware and language; operate an engine lathe, explore electricity, circuits, and motors; and be introduced to wind turbines and technology. Fourteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Times Available: M-F 12:45-2:45 p.m.
SDV130Career Exploration1
WTT103Introduction to Wind Energy3
MFG250Engine Lathe Theory1
MFG251Engine Lathe Operations Lab2
ELT303Principles of Electricity3
ELT622Microcontrollers3
ELT623Microcontrollers Lab1
Health Occupations
This year-long program will provide students the opportunity to explore careers in healthcare and work toward CNA training. Fourteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
*Courses require extended lab time in the evenings and/or weekends
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M–F, 7:45–9:45 a.m. or 12:45–2:45 p.m.
HSC102Emergency Care1
HSC105Survey of Health Careers1
HSC109Intro to Health Careers3
HSC120Medical Terminology3
HSC172*Nurse Aide 75 Hours3
HSC182*Advanced Nurse Aide3
Horticulture
The Horticulture program provides students with hands-on training and classroom instruction. The curriculum covers general horticulture practices, landscaping, and provides students the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge in a variety of horticulture fields. Thirteen DMACC credits available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M–F, 12:45–2:45 p.m.
AGH142Landscape Construction3
AGH159Landscape Graphics2
SDV212Coop Career Seminar1
SDV222Coop Career Experience I1
AGH106Introduction to Horticulture3
BUS102Introduction to Business3
Machine Operation/Tool and Die
Students will learn the basics of welding, automation, machine tool operation (CNC), computer-aided drafting and design (CAD), and other workplace skills. Eleven DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M–F, 12:45–2:45 p.m.
MFG250Engine Lathe Theory1
MFG251Engine Lathe Operations Lab2
MFG260Mill Operations Theory1
MFG261Mill Operations Lab I2
MFG105Machine Shop Measuring3
MFG121Machine Trade Print Reading I2
Robotics and Control Systems Engineering Technology
Students will learn about equipment ranging from basic motor control devices used in hard-wired automation to the sophisticated industrial robots and computer integrated manufacturing cells that utilize microcontrollers for programming and servo control. This hands-on program will give students experience both fundamental technologies and system applications. Fourteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M-F 12:45-2:45 p.m.
ELT383Electronic Circuit Analysis3
ELT384Electronic Circuit Analysis Lab 22
NET147Networking Technologies2
ELT622Microcontrollers3
ELT623Microcontrollers Lab1
ELT721Robotics3
Visual Communication
 Students will gain a skill set needed to produce at entry level within the graphic design industry. Coursework includes basic page layout, drawing, photo editing, design, type and Web. Software skills will be developed using several graphic-related programs: Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Fireworks and Dreamweaver. Fifteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered M-F 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
GRD301Intro to Desktop Publishing3
GRD403Communication Design I3
GRD405Typography I3
GRD463Photoshop3
GRD470Interactive Media I3