New DMACC GEAR UP Iowa Coordinator Hits the Job Running
A total of 739 GEAR UP students from the Des Moines Public School System are considering attending DMACC in the fall.
New DMACC GEAR UP Iowa Coordinator vows to be a resource, advocate, mentor and role model for the first-year college students.
A recent survey shows many of the GEAR UP students are feeling ready to begin classes right now.
Nearly 450 first-year college students from five Des Moines Public Schools have applied to attend DMACC in the fall 2020 term, and another 300 have expressed an interested in attending.
These GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)
students from Hoover, North, East, Roosevelt and Lincoln High Schools
in Des Moines quickly filled a DMACC one-credit summer class called “The
Newly hired DMACC GEAR UP Iowa
Coordinator Tina Akinyi said the College had to actually turn some
students away because the online class is over capacity.
said students who were not able to register for the summer College
Experience class will have an opportunity to enroll in a Fall term
“We have multiple guaranteed sections open in the Fall term for Gear Up students," Akinyi said.
UP Iowa is charged with significantly increasing the number of students
who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The
Iowa College Student Aid Commission administers GEAR UP Iowa in
partnership with the Iowa Department of Education and other state
agencies, as well as local school districts, postsecondary educational
institutions, and community organizations, businesses and industries.
said "The College Experience" class acts as a launching pad for
students as they prepare to transition to DMACC in the fall.
addition to connecting students to faculty, their peers and college
resources, the class will also equip students with practical tools and
must-knows for every DMACC student," Akinyi said.
She said some of
these topics include financial aid, scholarships, programs of study
offered at DMACC, transfer options, class registration, time management,
academic support, career planning, student activities and more.
"The College Experience" class is held every Tues. and Thur. evening from 6 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. through Aug. 4th.
said there would be significantly more sections of the class offered
this fall, and that she will continue to assist students from Des Moines
Public Schools, as well as students from Perry High School, as they
transition into a postsecondary education at DMACC.
be a resource, advocate, mentor and role model for GEAR UP students as
they progress toward an on-time graduation from DMACC," Akinyi said.
Community and Global Engagement Director Dr. Ahmed Agyeman said more
than 90 GEAR UP students took part in a recent “DMACC Student for a Day"
event. He said a follow-up survey of attendees indicated many are
feeling ready to begin classes right now.
For more information, contact: Ahmed Agyeman, (515) 964-6271, or Tina Akinyi, (218) 252-5869