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​Young Adult Program featured on Hello Iowa

posted May 14, 2021

DMACC Young Adult Program Navigator Alyssa Czapla talks about the YAP program.  Watch the video:



Coronavirus Relief Fund Employer Innovation Fund Grant

posted 1/11/2021
Story County was 1 of 65 Innovation grants awarded this Fall to provide job skills training to those impacted by the pandemic.
Organizing partners included DMACC’s Workforce Training Academy, Continuing Education and Business Resources, United Way of Story County, Ames Chamber of Commerce, Center for Creative Justice, and Story County College Access Network (SCCAN). Other partners included Nevada Community School District, IowaWorks, Ames Public Library, and YSS Youth Employment.

This project provided the following DMACC certificate training:

Basic Nurse Aide
MIG Welding
Manufacturing Production Technician

Many wraparound services were included such as tuition assistance, transportation, child care assistance, wifi, case management, career readiness, and computer literacy.  Chromebooks were loaned to the students during the training and gifted to them upon completion.  We are proud of the 26 graduates and look forward to hearing about their continued success as they begin new careers.  

KCCI News at Noon Feature

DMACC’s Workforce Training Academy was featured on Monday, February 25th News at Noon to promote our Careers in the City event March 14th.


KCCI Anchor Rheya Spigner with WTA graduate Kimberly Garcia who was interviewed.​

Rheya with WTA Public Ally Reeva Neighbors


Community Colleges Work with Adult Learners

At Des Moines Area Community College, students over the age of 26 make up about 20 percent of the student population. Mike Hoffman, executive director of continuing education at DMACC, shared with the Register some insights on why the number of adult learners is increasing, what concerns those students have and why returning for more education can be beneficial...

Source: Des Moines Register - June 15, 2015