DMACC Hosts Virtual Career Discovery Events in February

Posted 2/11/2021

Free Events are Open to 9th-12th Graders, Teachers and Parents  

  • The College is offering Virtual Discover DMACC Pathways in Education and Public Services and Agriculture and Natural Resources in February.

  • “Ask a Professional" Events will Focus on a High School Principal, Teacher and a Firefighter/Paramedic.

  • DMACC also Offers a Discover Insurance Career Day with Farm Bureau Financial.

​DMACC is offering five Virtual Career Discovery Events in February to provide a taste of various career pathways before entering college. The free events are offered virtually for ninth through 12th grade students, their parents and teachers.

​“It is important that we continue to offer young people experiences that allow them to explore potential future careers and areas of interest," said Amy Steenhoek, DMACC Career Discovery Network Coordinator.  “Since many face-to-face opportunities are still on hold, I'm hopeful students will take advantage of our virtual Career Discovery Events and enjoy hearing about the many opportunities and great careers that exist right here in Central Iowa."

The events include:​

  • Feb. 12th, 1 to 2:35 p.m., Virtual Discover DMACC Pathways: Education and Public Services. Do you enjoy helping people?  Are you interested in how people learn and behave or how the law and legal system works?  Does teaching or caring for children energize you?  If you enjoy service and helping people, a career within the Education and Public Services Pathway might be for you.  Programs included:  Education, Early Childhood Education, Criminal Justice, Court Reporting, Fire Science and Mortuary Science. To register for this event, click here.​

  • Feb. 15th, 9:30 to 11:05 a.m., Discover Insurance Career Days with Farm Bureau Financial. A career in the insurance industry may not be something you have thought much about, but the industry provides some extremely challenging and rewarding opportunities. To register for this event, click here.​

  • Feb. 16th, 1 to 1:25 p.m., Ask a Professional:  High School Principal and Teacher. Tammie McKenzie, Carroll High School Principal and Becky Boes, Carroll High School English Teacher, will share their career stories. To register for this event, click here.​

  • Feb. 18th, 1 to 1:25 p.m., Ask a Professional Firefighter/Paramedic. Karen Peters, Public Education Coordinator and Firefighter at the Ankeny Fire Department and a few of her colleagues, will talk about their background and education. To register for this event, click here.​

  • Feb. 26th, 1 to 2:35 p.m., Virtual Discover DMACC Pathways: Agriculture and Natural Resources. Are you someone who enjoys working with your hands and being outdoors? Are you passionate about the environment or like working with plants and other living things? Come and learn about the Agriculture and Natural Resources Pathway and the many career fields that exist to use and care for the earth’s resources. Programs Included: Agribusiness, Water Environmental Technology and Horticulture.​ To register for this event, click here.​

Steenhoek said during one of the 90-minute long Discover DMACC Pathway Days, students will learn about the Career Pathway, attend a DMACC information session and hear about the DMACC experience and also interact with program instructors during program presentations.

She said the Ask a Professional events are brief, 25-minute long sessions where students get to know a professional in a specific career.  The students will hear about the professionals' story, how they got to where they are today and the day-to-day of their career. In addition, Steenhoek said the professionals will include advice for young people interested in the specific career in a Q-and-A style session.

For the entire list of Spring 2021 Career Discovery Events and to register, go to

For more information on any of the DMACC Career Discovery Events, contact Amy Steenhoek at​

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