Financial support from the DMACC Foundation has made a huge difference for Jonathan. He applied to the Foundation online and then submitted an essay detailing what a DMACC education would mean to him and how a scholarship from the College would help him realize his dream. "The financial support is helping me so much," Jonathan says. "DMACC's tuition alone is a great bargain and I'm saving a lot of money by attending DMACC. Yet, there is more to the value of an education at DMACC than just saving money." He says it's very evident that his professors have a sincere interest in him succeeding and what he plans to do after he graduates from DMACC. "That is the real value. Adding the scholarship makes me even more appreciative of this education opportunity," he says.
After earning his Associate's degree in May 2010, Jonathan plans to move into the computer science field and then on to a four-year university to earn his Bachelor's degree in computer science.
"Education is everything," says Jonathan DeVan, and the second-year Information Systems student from Des Moines aims to take full advantage of his chance at a college degree. That's because he knows this opportunity almost slipped away because of one incident while he was in high school. Involved in an altercation that led to a car theft, Jonathan found himself contemplating his future from inside prison walls. "I had a lot of time to think, and I realized all that I was missing. I knew that a lot of my (high school) classmates would soon be graduating from college and getting on with their lives. I knew I wanted that, too," he says.
One of Jonathan's first priorities when he returned to Des Moines was to begin chasing his college education dream by enrolling at DMACC. Along with working a part-time job at a local restaurant, he now is in his second year of his Associate's degree, taking online and night classes. "Life is short and you only have one life to live, so I try to live with no regrets. I can't change the past, but I sure can work toward my goals, my future, and that's exactly why I'm here to get my degree. Without a college education you are nowhere."