Fall 2019 Graduation
DMACC’s Workforce Training Academy held its Fall 2019 Graduation December 5th at DMACC’s Southridge Center.
175 family, friends and staff attended the event to celebrate our 78 Fall graduates!
DMACC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, MD Isley, provided the keynote speech and commended the students for their personal and academic accomplishments.
It takes time, commitment, and dedication to be successful with any goal and these students proved it!
Also in attendance to support and recognize the graduates were Mike Hoffman, DMACC’s Director of Continuing Education and Felix Gallagher, DMACC’s Board of Directors.
Joseph Harkness and Brandi Debudey, MIG Welding graduates, each shared their story of job search challenges and how they believe the certificate training will help them reach their welding career goals.
We also celebrated the retirement of two welding instructors, Mike Medici and Don Quinn who taught many WTA students through the years. Thank you for the experience and guidance you provided to our students!
Keynote MD Isley
Student Speaker Joseph Harkness
Student Speaker Brandi Debudey
Instructors retiring (left) Mike Medici-instructor, (right) Don Quinn-instructor with (center) Angie Neville-CE Coordinator,
Patient Intake & Billing class
(left to right): Tracey Bradley (instructor), Sarah Butts, Deanna Moyle, Britany Diveley
(left to right): Chris Contreras, Haben Tsegay, Joseph Harkness, Brandi Debudey, Alex Larson
Administrative Support Professional
(left to right): Jennifer Roman, Maria Montoya, Tanya Olberding, Jennifer Briggs, Urjita Savant, Gayle Vanzuuk, Octavia Bell, Jessica Weber, Sunayna Shrivastav, Dawn Kosotia
Sterile Processing/Supply Tech
(left to right): Chezney Crawford, Chalbie Ames, Tajuana Robinson, Jessica Charran, Katherine Lyons, Janaecia Sims, Taylor Houdesheldt, Indra Acharya, Debra Kyomugisha
Certified Nurse Aide
(left to right): Annette Medina, Sarah Robbins, Leslie Hiatt
Summer 2019 Graduation
Nearly 80 students were honored on August 15th for completing training programs offered through DMACC Workforce Training Academy. Families, friends and loved ones gathered at DMACC’s Southridge Center to congratulate students that earned certificates for careers offered in healthcare, welding, and network cabling.
During the keynote speech, DMACC’s President, Rob Denson praised each student for the diligence and commitment they put forth to expand their opportunities. Also in attendance to support and recognize the graduates were Mike Hoffman, DMACC’s Director of Continuing Education; MD Isley, DMACC’s VP of Academic Affairs and Felix Gallagher, DMACC’s Board of Directors. Guest speaker, James Wynter (2019 MIG Welding graduate) talked about his journey and shared words encouraging the graduates to continue learning new skills and pushing to reach their goals. While many graduates have found employment, others have decided to further their education at DMACC.
Certified Nurse Aide
Pictured left to right: Dominique Stephenson, Kayla Lehman, Esther Chol, Ines Ponce-Barajas, Augustine Mulbah
Patient Intake & Billing
Pictured left to right: Abby Amenson, Jazmine Evans, Lakeitha Robinson, Martha Miranda, Por-Tia Porter, Ashley White, Shana Leeps
MIG Production Welding
Pictured left to right: Cheta Katle, Steven Lopez, James Wynter, Donald Blanco
Basic Network Cable Installation
Pictured left to right: Omujwok Nyikango, Bandit Vivanh, Shayla Hutchinson, Kolten Buster
Career Academy Welding graduates
Students completed 132 hours of training in this pilot WTA welding program at the Career Academy of Pella facility.
Students focused on Blueprint Reading and MIG production welding skills to prepare them for a career in a manufacturing setting.
Pictured left to right: Nick Jennings, Zach Kleinwort, Eric Cox–Instructor, Jordan Eatwell, Jim Stocker, Rich Kacmarynski-instructor (not pictured)
Congratulations to our Fall 2017 Workforce Training Academy graduates
Congratulations our Summer 2017 Workforce Training Academy graduates
16 completed the Patient Intake & Billing course and 1 student completed the Network Cable Installation course.
The graduates include (left to right): Rabin Shah of Des Moines, Carmen Trejo of Grimes, Micaela Mallett of Des Moines, Mikkah Daniels of Des Moines, Maritza Figueroa of Ankeny, Alondra Ordaz Torres of Des Moines, Mindy Romore of West Des Moines, LaCresha Harris of Des Moines, Albert Royce of West Des Moines, Sabitra Pyakurel Koirala of Des Moines, Deborah Moore of Murray, Pampha Pyakurel of Des Moines, Ginger Altmayer of Ankeny and Elizabeth Aldridge of Des Moines.
Congratulations to our 2016 Workforce Training Academy graduates