Achievement requires a tremendous amount of planning, time commitment and dedication
Many students take college classes while
attending high school, but this year, 36 high school students earned a
degree from DMACC before receiving their high school diploma.
The DMACC Career Advantage Program serves almost 17,000 high school students annually within the DMACC District.
Joseph Correa of Clive is following in his sister
Anna's shoes by graduating from DMACC before graduating from West Des
Moines Valley High School.
All high school students graduating from DMACC
during the same year as high school receive a special cord to wear
during their high school commencement ceremony.
total of 36 Iowa high school students have accomplished what was
unheard of years ago. They earned a DMACC degree before receiving their
high school diploma. Students receiving an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or
Associate of Science (A.S.) degree have earned at least 64 college
credits over their high school career.
“This takes a tremendous
amount of planning, time commitment and dedication," said Michael
Lentsch, Director of DMACC's Career Advantage Enrollment Services. “All
of these students work with their Career Advantage Advisor who is
dedicated to their high school to assist them with college planning."
DMACC's Career Advantage Program
serves almost 17,000 high school students annually in the Central and
West Central Iowa district that DMACC serves. He said students have the
option of taking classes in their home high school, online or may attend
one of DMACC's seven Career Academies.
is proud of the commitment and perseverance these amazing students have
shown by completing a degree while in high school. This is a testament
to the great partnerships that exist between DMACC and all of our local
high schools," Lentsch said.
He said these graduates will have a great advantage moving forward into the next phase of their education.
will complete a two-year degree in one-year; some will complete a
four-year degree in two-years," Lentsch said. “This will save them time
in school and tuition costs. Students will also have the flexibility in
their schedules for such things as double major or minors, study abroad
opportunities and internships."
West Des Moines Valley High School graduating senior
Joseph Correa of Clive (pictured left) is one of those students who received his DMACC degree before his high school diploma.
said he started taking DMACC classes during this sophomore year at
Valley. He said the majority of the classes were held at Valley High
School, although he did take a class at the DMACC Southridge Center and
an online class.
Correa earned an Associate of Arts degree and an
Associate of Science degree. Amazingly, he was not the first member of
his family to earn a DMACC degree before a high school diploma. His
sister, Anna, did the same thing a couple of years ago.
fell in to place so well that I was able to get two college degrees
while taking classes I would have taken anyway in high school," said
Correa, who also participated in concert band, jazz band, National Honor
Society and a host of other extracurricular activities.
He said he plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa in the fall and study Biology and Biochemistry.
Another student earning her DMACC degree before her diploma from Lincoln High School is
Kalani Mangin of Des Moines (pictured right).
She actually started taking DMACC classes during her freshman year,
averaging two or three classes per semester. She said she took most of
her classes at Central Academy, which offers advanced courses for high
school students in the Des Moines Public School system.
She said all of the advanced classes meant a lot of homework.
of my time was spent doing homework rather than hanging out with
friends," Mangin said. “And there were quite a few more all-nighters
than I would have liked."
Her hard work and sacrifices paid off.
She earned an Associates of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from DMACC. She
said she will attend Dakota State University in the fall double majoring
in Computer Science and Mathematics with a minor in Cyber Operations.
Mangin said she will be graduating fourth in her class
at Abraham Lincoln High School in Des Moines and was involved in
varsity swimming all four years of high school, as well as other
“All of these students will be awarded a special
cord to wear in their high school commencement ceremony to note the
special distinction," Lentsch said.
added that DMACC had 166 high school students who earned some type of
DMACC Degree, Certificate or Diploma in programs such as Nurse Aid,
Welding or Emergency Medical Technician. He said there were 47 high
schools in the DMACC district with students earning credentials.
are the high schools and names of the 36 students who received their
DMACC Associates degree before their high school diploma:
Abraham Lincoln High School (Des Moines): Kalani Mangin
Ankeny Centennial High School: Christopher Martin
Ballard-Huxley High School: Joshua Clinton
Boone High School: Stephanie Wilson
Carlisle High School: Jacob Foster, Ann Lent
North High School (Des Moines): Kalen Truong
Norwalk Community High School: Lucas Taylor
Pella Community High School: Johnathon Carlo
Urbandale High School: Krystal Dao, Reese Dial, Ashleigh Kistenmacher, Elisha Luke, Jessica Stoelk, Lukas Zerajic
Valley High School (West Des Moines):
Brindy Arredondo, Rachel Bartholomew, Makenzie Campbell, Mariel
Castillo, Gwyneth Chilcoat, Isabella Cook, Joseph Correa, Nicole Embree,
Aleah Holladay, Naga Kappaganthu, Karen Kawala, Logan Kha, Blake
Morrow, Sahithi Shankaiahgari, Isabel Thomas, Mary Thomas, Kathryn
Winterset High School: Addison Akers, Mikaela Hunter, Brooklyn McVay, Sydnee Nicholl
For more information, contact Michael Lentsch at (515) 965-7086 or firstname.lastname@example.org.