Perry VanKirk Center Now Offering Career Advantage Classes at Panorama High School

Posted 11/11/2020

Students will now be able to earn college credits that were previously not available to them at their school​

  • Six new DMACC credit classes to be offered at Panorama High School in the spring

  • Panorama High School students can get college credit and high school credit through the State supplemental funding program that supports high school students taking college-credit classes

  • A visit with a Panorama High School Counselor or DMACC VanKirk Advisor can help students sign up for the classes

The DMACC at Perry VanKirk Center is now partnering with Panorama High School to offer additional Career Advantage classes to high school students at Panorama High School.

There will be six classes offered at Panorama High School this upcoming spring semester.  They include: 

  • Sociology

  • Human Relations in Management

  • Composition II on M/W

  • Political Science

  • Composition II on T/TH

  • Speech

DMACC Perry VanKirk Center Director Eddie Diaz said this is a unique opportunity for Panorama High School (PHS) students and their parents.

The pandemic has offered plenty of new challenges to the education system but it has come with some silver linings.

“The courses transitioned to a virtual delivery model that allows students to earn college credits that were previously not available to them at their school," Diaz said. 

He said PHS and DMACC team spent a considerable amount of time selecting the courses that offered the most transferability and student interest adding to the existing dual-credit courses already taught at Panorama.

“We think we are building a model that can help rural schools offer a wide range of college courses in various areas while keeping costs and quality in mind," Diaz said.

The Career Advantage program was formed as a partnership with high schools providing students the opportunity to earn college credits and high school credits at the same time. High school students are able to enroll and complete Career Advantage classes at their high school, at DMACC, or online at no personal financial cost since they are a part of the State's supplemental funding program. Students are able to focus on a Career Academy or explore career options.

Diaz said students are also able to take web-blended, virtual, or face-to-face courses directly from the DMACC VanKirk Center in a variety of areas, including electricity, criminal justice, history, psychology, literature and more.  

"Having the ability to take college courses and get a head start on my college career is a huge opportunity that I am very grateful for," Panorama High School student Drew Taylor of Stuart said.  

DMACC VanKirk Advisor Tom Lipovac said high school counselors and Career Advantage Advisors work together assisting students to achieve their career dreams.

“The staff of the DMACC at Perry VanKirk Career Academy values the relationship with the Panorama School District and the efforts of Superintendent of Schools Shawn Holloway, Principal Thad Stanley, and Counselor Chris Webner in supporting and coordinating this opportunity for Panorama High School students," Lipovac said.

For more information on the DMACC classes being offered at Panorama High School, students can contact their high school counselor Chris Webner.  Career Advantage Advisor Tom Lipovac can also be reached at (515) 428-8100 or


For more information, contact: Eddie Diaz (515) 428-8120 or​ or Tom Lipovac (515) 428-8100 or

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