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Tweet of the Day

Posted July 15, 2020

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Click here to learn more about the student transfer agreement between DMACC and Grinnell College.

Register for Fall 2020 Classes Now!

Posted July 15, 2020

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Students, why wait? Register for your fall classes NOW and stay on track to graduate!

As a reminder, DMACC President Rob Denson has guaranteed that students will receive a full refund should DMACC cancel fall 2020 classes due to COVID-19 or for any other reason (read more).

The fall 2020 term begins Aug. 26th, and DMACC has worked to provide a variety of class delivery types for fall 2020 during this time of social distancing. To learn more about each course delivery type, be sure to visit www.dmacc.edu/registration/Pages/class-delivery.aspx and watch the below message from DMACC President Rob Denson.

You can also view the full schedule of available classes for fall at www.dmacc.edu/schedule.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to your program advisor, navigator or program chair. They are here to help!

You can also find additional resources at www.dmacc.edu/choose.

To contact the DMACC Registration Office with questions, please email registration@dmacc.edu.

Tune In: DMACC GEAR UP Iowa Coordinator To Appear on 'Iowa Live' on July 17th

Posted July 15, 2020

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Mark your calendar: Tina Akinyi, the new GEAR UP Iowa Coordinator at DMACC, will join the KCWI-TV (CW 23) “Iowa Live" morning show at 7:30 a.m. on Fri., July 17th, for an interview segment with hosts Lou Sipolt and Jackie Schmillen.

GEAR UP Iowa is charged with significantly increasing the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. To learn more, click here.  

Evelyn K. Davis Center to Host Outdoor Career Fair on July 22nd

Posted July 15, 2020

​The Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families will host its first-ever Outdoor Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wed., July 22nd, at the John R. Grubb Community YMCA's Outdoor Area. The Grubb YMCA is located at 1611 11th Street in Des Moines.

This is a great opportunity to meet with local employers who are hiring now!

Come prepared:

  • Participants are required to bring a resume. If you need help creating and/or updating your resume prior to the Career Fair, please call (515) 697-7700 before Fri., July 17th, to receive free assistance from a career coach.
  • Social distancing will be practiced at this event. Attendees are asked to wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you upon your arrival, along with hand sanitizer.

Questions? Contact the Evelyn K. Davis Center at (515) 697-7700 or info@EvelynKDavisCenter.org.

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DMACC Copy Center Now Open

Posted July 15, 2020

​The DMACC Copy Center on the Ankeny Campus is now open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon.-Fri.

Pickup and inter-office delivery are available.

For more information, please click here.

With questions, please email copycenter@dmacc.edu.

Part of Term 5 QA/Progress Reporting

Posted July 15, 2020

Reminder to Faculty Part of Term 5 (July 1st – Aug. 5th):

The web will open at 8 a.m. on Thurs., July 16th, for QA/Progress Reporting for Part of Term 5.

The web will close at 11: 59 p.m. on Mon., July 20th.

DMACC Carroll Campus Starts Major Construction Project

Posted July 14, 2020

Watch below: DMACC President Rob Denson and Carroll Campus Provost Joel Lundstrom are excited about the new Carroll Campus construction project.

 

College and community leaders turn shovels on the new $4.2 million project

  • Construction now underway on the 11,700 square-foot addition.

  • President credits local leadership with the Campus's success.

  • New community space part of the building addition.

DMACC administrators and Carroll community leaders hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on July 14th to dedicate and celebrate the official start of construction on a new $4.2 million expansion on the College's Carroll Campus.

“This campus expansion offers an exciting opportunity to bring needed training programs and state-of-the-art facilities together under one roof," said Joel Lundstrom, Provost of the DMACC Carroll Campus. “We have outgrown our space to teach some career and technical programs and as we were planning for this expansion, we identified additional needs for the building addition. We're thrilled to start this exciting project."

The 11,700 square-foot expansion will be located on the northeast side of the building and will include:

  • A welding lab

  • Applied engineering classes and lab

  • New office space for student services

  • Additional study space

  • An indoor commons area for both college and community events

Lundstrom said the new expansion will help the College recruit new students and improve their academic experience.

“By offering a better learning environment along with options for a bachelor's degree from our university partners, we're in a very strong position to serve our students and the community for many years to come," Lundstrom said.

The Provost cited the Carroll Campus's 2+2 agreements with the University of Northern Iowa, Buena Vista University and the University of Iowa's Bachelor of Nursing Program as examples where students can earn their bachelor's degree without leaving home.

“The DMACC Carroll Campus is a very important part of the DMACC community," said Rob Denson, DMACC President. “Our vision has been to provide outstanding academic opportunities for students throughout this region and to respond to the needs of businesses by providing a well-trained and educated workforce. This expansion will help us further improve our vital mission here."

Denson said a strength of the Carroll Campus has been its leadership.

“Retired Provost and current DMACC Board member Jim Knott, Carroll Campus Provost Joel Lundstrom, Naomi Neu and her late husband Art, and the many other Carroll residents have been instrumental in creating the DMACC Carroll Campus and responsible for its ongoing success," Denson said. "This leadership team has done an outstanding job growing enrollment and responding to the needs of students and the overall region. As a result, there has always been tremendous area support for the Carroll Campus." 

Enrollment at the DMACC Carroll Campus is up 20 percent over the past six years.

Badding Construction of Carroll was chosen as the general contractor. 

“I'm very pleased that Badding Construction will be working on our expansion," Denson said. “It's symbolic of our overall support and commitment to the region's business community."

The Carroll Campus expansion is also part of a larger vision across the district to improve the student experience at DMACC. The College is also currently building a new Student and STEM Center on the Urban Campus and a new Automotive Technology Center and Criminal Justice Training House on the Ankeny Campus, as well as a new Student Activities Center on the Boone Campus.

The Carroll addition is expected to be completed in August 2021.

Brett Putz Named New Men's Head Basketball Coach at DMACC

Posted July 13, 2020

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​Forest City native Brett Putz (right) returns to Iowa as the new men's basketball coach at DMACC.  

Brett Putz, a native of Forest City, has been named the new men's head basketball coach at DMACC.

Putz, who will become the 13th head coach in the program's history, will succeed Josh Sash, who departed after one season to become an assistant men's basketball coach at the North Dakota State University. 

“I want to thank Associate Provost Rachel Erkkila, Athletic Director BJ McGinn, and the rest of the committee for giving me this opportunity to lead such a storied program as DMACC Basketball," Putz said. “I'm ecstatic about the opportunity to return to my home state of Iowa, and a powerhouse program like DMACC with a rich history of advancing student-athletes to four-year institutions.  

“DMACC is a place that I have both followed as a fan and recruited as a coach, and I take great pride in the opportunity to lead the program. My wife Jen and I are excited to move to Boone and become a part of the Boone community!" 

During his time at Chicago State, Putz was involved in player development with both guards and post players, game planning, team travel and academics. As recruiting coordinator for the Cougars, Putz helped recruit domestic and international student-athletes to Chicago State's campus.  

Putz arrived at Chicago State after a short stint as an assistant coach at Highland Community College, located in Freeport, Ill. During his time at Highland, he was involved in recruiting, specifically international student-athletes, and organized player development. 

In 2016-17, Putz was recognized on the National Association of Basketball Coaches' 30 Under 30 List, which recognizes a group of up-and-coming young coaches in men's college basketball.  

Putz spent two years as the Director of Men's Basketball Operations at Omaha from 2016-18 while overseeing administrative and logistical duties of the program's day-to-day operations, team travel and summer camps. During his time in Omaha, the Mavericks tied their Division I record for wins in a season (18) and reached the championship game at 2017 Summit League Tournament. 

A native of Forest City, Iowa, Putz served three years as an assistant coach at Wayne State (Neb.) College from 2013-16 where he was the recruiting coordinator and coached the Wildcats' perimeter players. He also shared responsibility over academic duties and managed scouting reports at WSC. 

Previously, Putz was an assistant coach for one season at St. Cloud State (SCSU). He helped guide the Huskies to the 2013 NSIC North Division title with a record of 20-8 (16-6 NSIC). Putz also coached with the Iowa Mavericks and Iowa Barnstormer AAU programs from 2010-12. 

As a player, Putz was a four-year starter at St. Cloud State and was part of the Huskies' NCAA Division II Final Four team in 2010. He finished his career as SCSU's career leader in games played (124) and was second in 3-pointers made (245), 10th in steals (142) and 18th in scoring (1,315). 

Putz graduated with his bachelor's degree in recreation/sports management from SCSU in 2012 and earned his master's degree in organizational leadership from Saint Mary's (Minn.) in 2016. 

Putz and his wife Jen will reside in Boone.

Six DMACC Athletic Teams, 36 Student-Athletes Earn NJCAA Academic Honors

Posted July 13, 2020

Six DMACC athletic teams and 36 student-athletes earned All-Academic Honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for the 2019-2020 academic year.

DMACC athletic teams earning honorable mention all-academic honors were baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, women's golf, softball and volleyball. The DMACC baseball team had a cumulative grade point average of 3.08; the men's basketball team GPA was 3.30; the women's basketball cumulative GPA was 3.30; women's golf posted a 3.45; softball had a 3.49; and volleyball was at 3.00. 

The 3.30 GPA posted by the DMACC women's basketball team was the highest for all women's basketball teams in NJCAA Division II Region XI. 

Student-athletes named to the NJCAA All-Academic First Team posted a GPA of 4.0. Student-athletes named to the second team had a GPA of 3.80-3.99, and those named to the third team had a GPA of 3.60 to 3.79. 

To view a full list of all student-athlete award winners, visit NJCAA All-Academic Awards.

DMACC student-athletes named to the first team were: 

  • Bethany Evans of West Des Moines (women's basketball)
  • Kaleb Harrison of Neola (baseball)
  • Kolton Scherbenske of Rapid City, South Dakota (baseball)
  • Jacob Sheeder of Truro (baseball)
  • Zoey Wright of Ottumwa (softball)

DMACC student-athletes named to the second team were: 

  • Daphne Alstott of Fort Dodge (softball)
  • Eryn Anderson of Houghton (volleyball)
  • Grant Bohling of Lincoln, Nebraska (baseball)
  • Haley Forret of Van Meter (softball)
  • Nathan Griffin of Ames (baseball)
  • Michael Hartford of McKinney, Texas (men's basketball)
  • Zach Lester of Clear Lake (men's basketball)
  • Jocelyn Long of Overland Park, Kansas (softball)
  • Jordan Neely of Tiffin (volleyball)
  • Kaylie Reynolds of Muscatine (softball)
  • Tad Scherbenske of Rapid City, South Dakota (baseball)
  • Elly Schuemann of Marion (softball)
  • Josh Ylonen of Ames (baseball)

DMACC student-athletes named to the third team were:

  • Ally Anderson of Atlantic (softball)
  • Maddie Berns of Winterset (softball)
  • Carter Bornemeier of Elmwood, Nebraska (baseball)
  • Shamir Brown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama (women's basketball)
  • Ryan Cole of Ames (men's golf)
  • Katelyn Courtney of Ames (women's basketball/volleyball)
  • Bradley Day of Mildenhall, Suffolk, UK (men's basketball)
  • Nathaniel Gorczyca of Omaha, Nebraska (baseball)
  • Jack Luster of Huxley (baseball)
  • Sophia Maras of Johnston (softball)
  • Asia Mena of Chicago, Illinois (women's basketball)
  • Shelbi Raymond of Madrid (women's basketball)
  • Ryan Schmitt of Van Meter (men's basketball)
  • Cole Schumacher of Bennington, Nebraska (baseball)
  • Katie Scott of Polk City (women's basketball)
  • Lydia Steier of Granger (women's golf)
  • Anna Stevens of Ames (softball)
  • Sophie Swygman of Elkhart (softball)

Flood Preparedness & Safety Tips from the DMACC Fire Technology Program

Posted July 13, 2020

Floods can happen everywhere, making them one of the country’s most common natural disasters.

Flooding poses a greater threat in low-lying areas, near water, downstream from dams. Even the smallest streams, creek beds or drains can overflow and create flooding. During periods of heavy rain or extended periods of steady rains, be aware of the possibility of a flood. Flash floods develop quickly—anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. Listen to local weather reports for flooding information.

The DMACC Fire Technology Program has some advice for how to prepare for and respond to flooding situations.

Before:

  • Check to see if you have flood insurance coverage.

  • Raise your furnace, water heater, or electrical panel if they are in areas of your home that may be flooded.

  • Install “check valves” in sewer traps.

  • Construct barriers, such as levees, berms, or flood walls, to stop floodwater from entering the building.

  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds.

  • During a flood or flash flood watch, be prepared to evacuate, including fill your car’s gas tank; bring in outside furniture; move valuables to high points in your home; and unplug electrical appliances and move them to high points.

  • During a flood warning, evacuate if you are so advised.

  • During a flash flood warning, immediately seek higher ground.

  • Keep your emergency supplies kit, including water, stored in an easily accessible, waterproof place.

During:

  • If time allows, call someone to let them know where you are going, and check with neighbors who may need a ride.

  • Stay out of flood waters, if possible. Even water only several inches deep can be dangerous. If you have to walk through water, use a stick to check the firmness of the ground ahead of you. Avoid moving water.

  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If your car becomes surrounded by rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground.

  • Stay away from downed power lines.

After:

  • Do not return home until local authorities say it is safe to do so

  • Do not or drink or cook with your tap water until local authorities say it is safe

  • Avoid floodwaters, which could be contaminated or electrically charged

  • Watch out for areas in which the floodwaters may have receded, leaving weakened roadways

  • Be extra careful when entering buildings that may have hidden structural damage

  • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet

  • Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewer systems are a serious health hazard.

To view/print a PDF flyer with the above information, please click here.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

New 'DMACC DiSC® Series' Online Workshop from DMACC Business Resources

Posted July 9, 2020

DMACC Business Resources (DBR) is launching a new, three-part online workshop called the DMACC DiSC® Series.

DiSC® Domination, influence, Steadiness, Conscientiousness is a recognized personal assessment tool to improve communication, teamwork and leadership skills. The DMACC DiSC® Series expands beyond assessment results and digs deeper into how your style impacts your workplace environment and business results.

The three-part series will held online via Zoom, with each class divided into two parts on the same date:

Wed., Aug. 26th, 10 a.m.-Noon & 2-4 p.m., EVERYTHING DiSC® WORKPLACE

  • Sometimes we can feel like other people in our workplace just don’t get us, which can make it difficult to complete projects or lead teams. Everything DiSC® Workplace is a simple communication work style assessment tool that will shed some much-needed light on your situation. Using this simple tool can help you improve the quality of your workplace to build more effective relationships by bridging the communication gap between styles.

Wed., Sept. 9th, 10 a.m.-Noon & 2-4 p.m., EVERYTHING DiSC® PRODUCTIVE CONFLICT

  • Workplace conflict is one of the most stressful, uncomfortable and inevitable experiences people face in the workplace. Conflict may be influenced by an organization’s culture, hierarchy, working styles and everyday human relationships. While conflict is an inevitable part of any working relationship, people’s response to conflict is entirely in their control. By increasing self-awareness around conflict behaviors, Everything DiSC® Productive Conflict helps learners effectively respond to the uncomfortable and unavoidable challenges of workplace conflict.

Wed., Oct. 14th, 10 a.m.-Noon & 2-4 p.m., FIVE BEHAVIORS PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Bring your best self to the team

  • Personal development was designed for individuals; participants do not need to be part of the same team. Rather, participants can carry the takeaways of this program from one team to the next. Learners at all levels of an organization can benefit from this program and adopt its powerful principles, shape behaviors and create a common language that rewrites what it means to work together.

For more information or to enroll, contact DMACC Business Resources at dbr@dmacc.edu or (515) 256-4921. Cost is $1,000 per seat.

To access a PDF of the below flyer, click here.

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Throwback Netflix Parties With DMACC SAC & Campus Recreation

Posted July 9, 2020

The Student Activities Council (SAC) and DMACC Campus Recreation are teaming up throughout July to host a fun series of Throwback Netflix Parties! Check out the schedule below, and be sure to follow the SAC and Campus Recreation on social media for more details.

DMACC SAC

FB: SACAnkeny

TW (Ankeny): @DMACCSACAnkeny

TW (Boone): @DMACC_Boone_SAC

IG: dmaccsacankeny

DMACC Campus Recreation

FB: DMACCCampusRec

TW: @DMACC_CampusRec

IG: dmacccampusrecreation

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Virtual Internships with the Federal Government

Posted July 6, 2020

DMACC students, are you interested in virtual internships with the federal government? 

The Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) Program is the e-internship program for more than 40 federal agencies.

Through the VSFS program, college students can work on projects that advance the work of government on multiple fronts, including helping counter violent extremism, strengthening human rights monitoring, developing virtual programs, engaging in digital communications, mapping, economic and political reporting, data analysis, graphic design, app building and more.

Students can #ApplyinJuly for VSFS positions for the 2020-2021 school year via USAJobs, and interviews are conducted in August. Students selected will work on their projects for 10 hours a week from Sept. through May.

To learn more, consider attending an upcoming online student information session:

  • Tues, July 21st, 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET; click here to register using event number 199 764 6615 and password 202021.

You can also visit https://vsfs.state.gov for more information.

Register for the 3rd Annual DMACC Alumni Association 5K Walk/Run

Posted June 30, 2020

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Ready, set ... register!

Registration is officially open for the 3rd Annual DMACC Alumni Association 5K Walk/Run scheduled for 8 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 3rd, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. The walk/run is hosted by the DMACC Alumni Association, but is open to EVERYONE!

Proceeds from the event will support DMACC Foundation student scholarships.

Register now: Find more information and register online at https://bit.ly/DMACCFndn5K.

With questions, please email alumni@dmacc.edu.

Participate (Virtually!) in the DMACC 7th Annual 'In My Boots' 5K Ruck Run

Posted June 30, 2020

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The DMACC 7th Annual "In My Boots" 5K Ruck Run is going virtual!

This annual event honors all veterans and raises funds to support veterans in need. This year, race proceeds will benefit Backpacks for Life, an organization that works to assist homeless veterans, and Paws & Effect, a non-profit that raises, trains and places professionally trained service dogs with disabled combat veterans and children.

To participate:

  • Register online here and pay the $35 entry fee; a race t-shirt and race packet will be mailed directly to you.

  • Time yourself running the 5K distance any time between now and Sept. 30th ... and feel free to run with friends and family!

  • Post your time and a post-run photo on the "In My Boots" 5K Facebook page: facebook.com/DMACCInMyBoots5K

Thank you for making a difference with us!

With any questions, please email Sean Taylor at astaylor@dmacc.edu.

DMACC Boone Campus Food Pantry: Information on Weekly Drive-Up Food Distribution

Posted June 12, 2020

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DMACC Boone Campus student and AmeriCorps volunteer Tyler Nance of Boone helps prepare boxes for the DMACC Boone Campus Food Pantry's Weekly Drive-Up Food Distribution earlier this summer (photo credit: Sean Taylor).

The DMACC Boone Campus Food Pantry, in collaboration with the Food Bank of Iowa, is holding a Weekly Drive-Up Food Distribution from Noon to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday this summer in the northeast parking lot at the DMACC Boone Campus.

These no-contact, no-cost distributions are open to any and all members of the DMACC community, including current and incoming students, employees and alumni from all DMACC campuses and attendance centers, who are experiencing need.

To request food from the pantry, please complete the online request form at https://dynamicforms.ngwebsolutions.com/Submit/Form/Start/8d161dd7-5088-4da3-bd56-322428e11f11.

Anyone seeking more information and/or in need of assistance completing the online request form is encouraged to contact Erin Neumann at eaneumann@dmacc.edu or (515) 635-1222.