Academic Achievement Center

Any student enrolled in a DMACC college credit course may come to the AAC for assistance with classroom assignments or projects.




Note: Hours during semester breaks vary, so please call the center for an appointment.


Fall/Spring Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 3:00pm


Summer Hours:
Monday & Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:00am - 3:00pm




The Center offers regular help in math, English, reading, study skills, and computer skills. While the Center cannot offer students expertise in every discipline at all times, the staff attempts to provide assistance in as wide a range as possible or to connect students with peer tutors for help.


Tutoring is free. All homework help and tutoring are included as a part of the tuition and student fees.

Academic Achievement Center Staff Members

Computer Help


The Center has many computer programs to help students, including:

• CHOICES provides career exploration and is free to all students and community members at no cost.
• PLATO is a computer-based learning system with math, English, reading, science, and social studies content.
• ROSETTA STONE provides help to beginning and intermediate ESL students.
• LOSE YOUR ACCENT IN 28 DAYS gives ESL students practice with spoken English.
• MICROPACE PRO is a computer-based learning system that teaches typing skills.


Proctored Testing


• COMPASS PLACEMENT TESTS help advise students as to which college classes they are prepared for.
• CHALLENGE AND CLEP TESTS are given to students who wish to try to pass out of a specific college class.
• NET TEST is required for students wanting to enter DMACC's nursing program.
• NURSE AIDE/ORDERLY EXAM meets the OBRA and Inspection/Appeals registry requirement.
• MAKE-UP TESTS for a college class can be taken in the Center after a student has made arrangements with the instructor.




ESL Sudents Practicing their EnglishFour college credit classes are offered for ESL students: Listening and Conversation, Communicative Grammar for ESL, Reading as a Second Language, and Introduction to Writing Skills—ESL.


For more help, ESL students may be paired with a Peer Conversation Partner or a community member to practice spoken English. They can also receive individual or small group direction for improving English skills in the Center.


Enrichment Classes


Occasionally a student who is not enrolled at DMACC wishes to receive instruction for personal enrichment. These students are required to pay a $30 fee for six months or sixty hours of instruction. Introduction to the Computer is a popular class.


High School Diploma Program


Students Working Hard on their StudiesAnyone who is 17 or older may come to the Academic Achievement Center to take courses for high school credit. Some students may wish to take a course or two and then transfer the credit back to their home high school. Others may wish to work toward a DMACC Adult High School Diploma. The fee for each semester course is $100 plus books and is taught on an individual basis. Approximately fifty classes are offered.


High School Equivalency Program (HiSET)


Anyone who is 17 or older may earn a HiSET through the AAC. Students are required to take diagnostic tests to determine readiness. Students who need instruction have programs of individualized study planned out for them by AAC instructors. Students work at their own pace. Instructors determine when students are ready to take any or all of the five GED tests. The fee to take the actual tests is $100. Scholarships are available, if needed.


Adult Basic Education (ABE)


Anyone who requires additional help with the basics of math and reading is eligible for the Adult Basic Education Program. All ABE students receive free instruction. This program may be used to prepare for the GED program or may be used as a general literacy or ESL program. When intensive instruction is needed, a qualified literacy tutor may be found to work with the student on a regularly scheduled basis.