Des Moines Area Community College and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services are partnering to offer a variety of summer camps for high school students receiving services under an IEP or 504 Plan to become career ready. This summer students will discover their unique abilities and interests, build career readiness skills and their resume, connect with employers, and explore various career paths. Students may register to attend multiple camps. Questions about camp? Contact Emily Willett 515-965-7006 or
Career Readiness Camp
This two-day camp will be offered once in June and again in August and offer: work ethic certification, financial literacy training, career exploration, self-advocacy instruction and tips on how to apply for a job and a mock interview with employer partners.
Students will select one of the two-day camps to attend at a DMACC Campus. Check-in runs daily 8:45-9:00 AM and student pick up will occur between 3:00-3:15 PM. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
June 19-20, 9 AM – 3 PM: DMACC Southridge Center
1111 E. Army Post Rd., Des Moines, IA
August 7-8, 9 AM – 3 PM: DMACC West Campus
5959 Grand Ave., West Des Moines, IA
Career Discovery Camp
These individual, half-day camps offer students an in-depth look at a variety of career pathways with a business tour, career exploration, education and training information. Students may select more than one camp hosted by local business partners based on their career area of interest. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
Check-in begins 15 minutes prior to the camp start and pick-up will occur within 15 minutes of the conclusion of camp. Lunch will not be provided for the half-day camps.
June 27, 9 AM – 11 AM: UnityPoint Health, Iowa Methodist Medical Center
Education and Research Center, 1415 Woodland Ave., Des Moines, IA
Career Pathway: Health Science
June 27, 1 PM - 3 PM: Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines, IA
Career Pathways: Business Management & Administration, Education & Training, and Hospitality & Tourism
July 24, 9 AM – 12 PM: Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 33
2501 Bell Ave., Des Moines, IA
Career Pathways: Architecture and Construction and Manufacturing
August 1, 1 PM – 3 PM: Shift Interactive
1501 42nd St. Suite 580, West Des Moines, IA
Career Pathways: Information Technology
Volunteer 2 Career
Throughout the summer several half-day volunteer opportunities will be available to show students the connection between volunteering and being a well-rounded job candidate. Volunteerism provides students with skill building, networking opportunities, and provides an additional experience to their resume and cover letter credentials.
Check-in begins 15-minutes prior to the start of camp and pick-up will occur within 15-minutes of the conclusion of camp. Lunch will not be provided for the half-day camps.
June 29, 1 PM – 3 PM: Orchard Place PACE Kids Club Volunteer
620 8th St. Des Moines, IA
July 11, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Orchard Place Field Trip Buddies
West Des Moines, IA
July 25, 9 AM – 12 PM: Blank Park Zoo
7401 SW 9th St. Des Moines, IA
Registration is now closed