Perry Career Academy




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

The VanKirk Career Academy serves students from ADM, Dallas-Center-Grimes, Madrid, Ogden, Panorama, Perry, West Central Valley, and Woodward Granger. The educational programs include state-of-the-art facilities for applied engineering, criminal justice, emergency medical technician, human services, nursing, teaching, and welding academies and liberal arts transfer academic courses such as composition and psychology.

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) take advantage of free college credits at the VanKirk Career Academy.

Programs Available

Applied Engineering Technology is an exploratory academy that provides students with basics of electricity, motor control, print reading, hydraulics and pneumatics. This is an ideal program for students interested in entering the workforce in industrial maintenance, as a construction contractor, in an electrical field, or pursuing a degree in engineering. Eleven DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.

Course # Course Name Credits
Loading... General Industry Safety 1
Loading... Basic Electrical 1
Loading... Basic Hydraulics 3
Loading... Basic Pneumatics 1
Loading... Hydraulic Maintenance 1
Loading... Motor Controls 1
Loading... Machine Shop Measuring 3

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
Loading... Intro to Crim Justice 3
Loading... Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
Loading... Survey of Criminal Justice Agencies 3
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*Returning Spring 2024

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
Loading... Emergency Medical Technician 6

This year-long program will provide students the opportunity to explore careers in healthcare and work toward CNA training.
Course # Course Name Credits
Loading... Medical Terminology 3
Loading... Nurse Aide 75 Hours 3
Loading... Advanced Nurse Aide 3

This program is designed for those who have an interest in working in the field of social work and the helping professions. Topics covered in this academy range from child welfare, disability rights, housing, student and self advocacy to health care, substance abuse, diversity, and criminal justice to name a few. Students will focus on developing an understanding of the many different facets of social work, along with mental health therapy and public health interventions. A volunteer experience is part of the curriculum for students to engage in hands on learning.

Course # Course Name Credits
Loading... Intro to Human Services 3
Loading... Interviewing/Interpersonal Relationships 3

Course # Course Name Credits
Loading... Biology 3
Loading... Composition I 3
Loading... Composition II 3
Loading... Environmental Science 3
Loading... Environmental Science 3
Loading... American History 1877-Present 3
Loading... Children’s Literature 3
Loading... American National Government 3
Loading... Introduction to Psychology 3
Loading... Developmental Psychology 3
Loading... Introduction to Sociology 3
Loading... Fund. of Oral Communication 3

The Teacher Academy provides students with an opportunity to explore education-related professions and take part in real-life teaching experiences.
Course # Course Name Credits
Classes offered M-F 7:30-9:30 am
Loading... Foundations of Education 3
Loading... Initial Field Experience 2
Loading... Developmental Psychology 3
Loading... Educational Psychology 3
Loading... Electronic Portfolio Development 2
Loading... Exploring Careers 1

This program allows students to engage in experiential learning in the area of welding.
Course # Course Name Credits
Loading... Intro to Welding Safety and Health of Welders 1
Loading... Print Read/Sym Inter: SENSE 1 3
Loading... GMAW Shord Circuit Transfer:  2
Loading... Inspection/Test Princ: SENSE1 1
Loading... OFC-I Manual & Mech: SENSE1 2
Loading... PAC/CAC 2