DMACC Releases 2019 Annual Report

Posted 2/10/2020

​Milestones and projects started in 2019 will have a major impact this year
DMACC, Iowa’s largest undergraduate college, released its 2019 Annual Report highlighting announcements, partnerships and new construction projects at its locations throughout Central Iowa.

Milestones included launching the new Simon Estes School of Fine Arts at DMACC, announcing plans for a new Student Activities Center on the Boone Campus, awarding a record number and amount of student scholarships, receiving 38 grants – including $241,000 from Facebook – and earning recognition for having one of the top-ranked online business degree programs in the nation.

New partnerships in 2019 included the University of Northern Iowa announcing it will offer a new bachelor’s degree at the DMACC Urban Campus, and a new agreement with DART that allows DMACC students, staff and faculty to ride DART for free, anytime and to anywhere. In just five months, DART recorded 25,433 DMACC rides.

“Our students, staff and faculty have made an important contribution to Iowa in 2019,” said Rob Denson, DMACC President, who said he was thrilled when he joined Simon Estes to announce the new Simon Estes School of Fine Arts at DMACC.

“Simon’s vision is taking our Fine Arts program to become a destination institution for students from throughout the Midwest. It’s only fitting that our new Fine Arts School should be named after him."

Denson said another important announcement to benefit students in 2019 was the new Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship program from the Governor’s Future Ready Iowa initiative.

The Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship is open to any Iowa student who plans to pursue a degree in one of more than 50 high-demand career fields, including Applied Engineering, Auto Mechanics, Cyber Security, Information Technology and Welding, just to name a few. To date, 1,074 students have received nearly $1.2 million to cover their cost of tuition at DMACC.

“We have a lot to celebrate, but we also have much left to accomplish in 2020,” said Denson, who noted that DMACC has four significant construction projects currently underway and another one that will be announced on April 9.

Those current projects include:

  • A $25 million Student Activities and STEM Center on the Urban Campus that’s slated to open this fall.
  • A $3 million edition to the Carroll Campus that will house new welding labs, classrooms and a community gathering space.
  • The new Karl Chevrolet Automotive Technology Center on the Ankeny Campus, which will expand DMACC’s growing automotive program that recently announced a new training program with Honda; the facility will include an auto showroom to showcase new cars and student projects.
  • A Crime Scene House where criminal justice students will receive hands-on crime fighting instruction; the new facility is set to open this fall.

“The College made a significant investment in building and infrastructure projects last year,” said Joe Pugel, Chair of the DMACC Board of Trustees. “It’s important that we continue to meet the growing needs of students, communities and the businesses we serve throughout Central Iowa, while at the same time, keeping a college education as affordable as possible.”

Pugel noted that DMACC offered the lowest tuition and fees of any college or university in the state once again last year. In 2019, DMACC’s student population was 64,959, including 35,938 credit students and 29,021 non-credit students. DMACC’s budget to serve its students is more than $108 million.

To view the complete 2019 annual report, DMACC’s top-19 stories of 2019 and video vignettes of President Denson’s outlook for 2020, please visit 

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