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​​Spring 2020 Graduation

DMACC’s Workforce Training Academy had cancel our Spring graduation but COVID-19 could not stop our 92 graduates!
The pandemic required DMACC  to postpone Spring semester with most students completing classes online this summer.
We also know that there were many life disruptions outside of the classroom but you persevered!!

This alone demonstrates the commitment you have to the life changes you are creating for yourselves and your families!
Enjoy your virtual graduation and share with your family and friends! We are all proud of you!

Remember that WTA is here to support you in your journey, whether to assist as you search for jobs and/or want to explore more educational opportunities  at DMACC! 



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

MIG Welding
(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.



Career Academy Certified Nurse Aide graduates
Certified Nurse Aide
Pictured left to right: Dominique Stephenson, Kayla Lehman, Esther Chol, Ines Ponce-Barajas, Augustine Mulbah

Career Academy Patient Intake and Billing graduates
Patient Intake & Billing
Pictured left to right: Abby Amenson, Jazmine Evans, Lakeitha Robinson, Martha Miranda, Por-Tia Porter, Ashley White, Shana Leeps

Career Academy MIG Production Welding graduates
MIG Production Welding
Pictured left to right: Cheta Katle, Steven Lopez, James Wynter, Donald Blanco

Career Academy Basic Network Cable Installation graduates
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.​

Career Academy Welding graduates 

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

 Fall 2017 Workforce Training Academy graduates


Congratulations our Summer 2017 Workforce Training Academy graduates

Summer 2017 graduates group photo 

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

WTA graduates

December 2016