DMACC President Rob Denson, Fareway CEO Reynolds Cramer and representatives from the College and DMACC Foundation Board gathered on Wed., Feb. 7, 2024, to celebrate a $100,000 donation from Fareway in support of the new DMACC Transportation Institute that is currently under construction on 12 acres in north Des Moines. The new facility broke ground last November and will be completed in 2025.

With a Fareway tractor-trailer in the background, both Cramer and Denson highlighted the need for more qualified truck drivers. The current DMACC Transportation Institute, which opened in 1988, is aging and at full capacity. The new 8,600-square-foot DMACC facility will double the program's current capacity and result in a significant increase in enrollment.

Pictured (from left to right) are Tara Connolly, Executive Director, DMACC Foundation; Becky Gibson, DMACC Foundation Board Member and Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo; Taufeek Shah, DMACC Foundation Board Member and CEO, Lola's Hot Sauce; Derrick Walker, DMACC Director of Manufacturing, Engineering, Trades, and Transportation (METT); Reynolds Cramer, Fareway CEO; Rob Denson, DMACC President; Kashan Merchant, DMACC Foundation Board Member and Managing Director, Merchant Investments; Fred Greiner, DMACC Board Member and retired Fareway President; MD Isley, DMACC Vice President of Academic Affairs; and Dr. Jennifer Foster, DMACC Academic Dean, Industry & Technology.

For more information, contact:

McClane Gill, Fareway, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications, (515) 432-2623, ext. 6490,

Todd Jones, DMACC, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, (515) 964-6242,