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

Accounting
Plan to major in Accounting or open your own business and handle your own bookkeeping? The Accounting Career Academy prepares accounting majors and entrepreneurs for the foundational accounting skills needed in a small business. Students will be trained in basic accounting, payroll, spreadsheet analysis, and budgets. Students will become proficient in computer accounting packages including QuickBooks and Excel and will learn employable skills that improve their chances of securing an accounting internship. Upon successful completion of all courses, students will earn an Accounting for Entrepreneurs Certificate. Fourteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings. *Students are highly encouraged to have successfully completed DMACC Intro to Accounting or Accounting in your High School at a C or better
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered: M-F 12:50-2:50pm
ACC131Principles of Accounting I (Fall)4
ACC161Payroll Accounting (Fall)3
ACC314Quick Books Computerized Accounting (Spring)3
ACC353Excel for Entrepreneurs (Spring)4
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 Safety (Fall)1
CRR325Sheet Metal Fundamentals (Fall)5
CRR841Principles of Refinishing (Spring)5
CRR742Estimating Theory (Spring)2
CRR101Sheet Metal Welding (year-long)2
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 I (Fall)6
AUT112Intro to Auto Tech II (Spring)6
Business Administration
Students are provided a foundation of business-related courses that will prepare them for entrance in multiple business-related postsecondary opportunities. 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.
BUS102Intro to Business (Spring)3
ADM221Career Development Skills (Fall)2
MKT110Principles of Marketing (Fall)3
MKT160Principles of Retailing (Spring)3
MGT145Human Relations in Management (Fall)3
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/Logic (Fall)3
CIS604Visual Basic (Fall)3
CIS169C# (Spring)3
CIS303Intro to Database (Fall)3
CIS174Advanced C# Programming (Spring)3
CIS332Database & SQL (Spring)3
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
Courses offered, M-F 12:45-2:45 p.m.
CAD151CAD Graphics I (Fall)6
CAD152CAD Graphics II (Spring)6
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 Justice (Fall)3
CRJ141Criminal Investigation I (Fall)3
CRJ107Survey Criminal Justice Agencies (Spring)3
CRJ196Crime Scene Investigation I (Fall)2
CRJ109Theories of Interviewing (Spring)3
CRJ197Crime Scene Investigation II (Spring)2
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 I (Fall)3
HCM144Food Preparation Lab I (Fall)3
HCM152Food Preparation II (Spring)2
HCM153Food Preparation Lab II (Spring)2
HCM100Sanitation and Safety (Spring)2
Cybersecurity
As technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, the demand for an experienced and qualified workforce to protect our nation’s networks and information systems will only continue to grow. Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing industry with ever-increasing workforce needs. The DMACC Career Academy on the Ankeny Campus provides state-of-the-art career and technical training and college credit to high school students looking to enter the field of Cyber Security. Fourteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered: M-F 12:45-2:45pm
NET213Cisco Networking (Fall)4
CIS125Intro to Programming Logic w/Lang (Fall)3
NET225Routing and Switching Esstls (Spring)4
NET166 Applied Computer Security (Spring)3
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 I (Spring)6
DSL606Hydraulics & Brakes (Fall)6
Fire Science/Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Ready to make a difference? The Fire and Emergency Services program will provide students with fundamental knowledge and skills needed to provide lifesaving services to your community. In Fire Science students will engage in activities in subjects such as fire behavior, building construction, forcible entry, fire suppression, search and rescue, and hazardous materials operations. In EMT students will function in uncommon and high stress situations by performing comprehensive patient assessments, obtain vital signs, control hemorrhaging, bandage wounds, administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including use of automated external defibrillators and provide prehospital emergency medical care of simple and multiple system injuries. Fourteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings. *Students must be 17 years of age by the first day of class which is August 23, 2018. *In addition to classroom time, students will be required to attend clinical and field rotations during the course of the class which will require an investment of approximately 32 hours outside of the normal classroom hours. Students will also have to complete a criminal background check.
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses offered: M-F 7:45-9:45am
EMS214Emergency Medical Technician (Fall)6
FIR111Principles of Emergency Services I (Spring)4
FIR112Principles of Emergency Services II (Spring)4
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.

Students who enroll 7:45-9:45am will complete CNA in the fall and students who enroll in 12:45-2:45pm will complete CNA in the spring. 
*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.
HSC101Emergency Care1
HSC105Introduction to Health Occupations1
HSC109Exploring Health Careers and Building Teams3
HSC120Medical Terminology3
HSC172*Nurse Aide 75 Hours3
HSC182*Advanced Nurse Aide3
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 Theory (Fall)1
MFG251Engine Lathe Operations Lab (Fall)2
MFG260Mill Operations Theory (Spring)1
MFG261Mill Operations Lab I (Spring)2
MFG105Machine Shop Measuring (Spring)3
MFG121Machine Trade Print Reading I (Fall)2
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 Publishing (Fall)3
GRD403Communication Design I (Fall)3
GRD405Typography I (year-long)3
GRD463Photoshop (Spring)3
GRD470Interactive Media I (Spring)3