DMACC in the News

September 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Legends in Iowa Manufacturing honored
Business Record
"Manufacturing leaders from across Iowa were recognized Tuesday during the third annual Legends in Iowa Manufacturing awards dinner at the Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona. (This includes DMACC board member Fred Buie, who was recently re-elected.) …"
Monday, September 18, 2017
Internship brings summer of learning
Wallaces Farmer
" I used the Dallas County farm located just north of Adel, cash-rented since 2005 by the Des Moines Area Community College Agribusiness Program. The farm served as a real-world example, and DMACC provided data on actual crop production costs, the farm’s actual production history, local cash grain bids for harvest delivery and use of …"
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sept. 21: Interpreting YOUR Property Tax Bill
Business Record
"Property taxes are due in September, and are often a family's or business's single largest state/local tax liability. Learn how to view and analyze your own property tax bill; then get your questions answered by Central Iowa leaders with whom your tax dollars are entrusted. Featured local leaders include: Rob Denson, president, Des Moines Area Community College; Thomas Harper, CFO, Des Moines Public Schools; Karl Vilums, CFO, Broadlawns edical Center; Mary Maloney, Polk County treasurer; Tim Moerman, Waukee city manager; and Elizabeth Presutti, CEO, Des Moines Area Regional Transit. The event is free and open to the public.  …"
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Out of the Darkness Walk sheds light on suicide awareness
"The walk was held Sunday at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, where those affected by suicide came together to shed light on the problem. …"
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Three shining examples of humanity to be honored Sept. 21 in Ankeny
Des Moines Register
"On Sept. 21, at the Iowa Culinary Institute on the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny, this powerful and prescriptive Carver-Iowa legacy will be on full display. In an evening that will work to benefit the restoration of the one-room schoolhouse that Carver first attended and the development of an accompanying distance-education enabled interpretative center, from which schools in Iowa and the nation can benefit, two Iowa treasures will be honored. …"
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
New Ankeny swimming pool draws rave reviews
Des Moines Register
"The new pool, which opened in February, drew rave reviews from the swimmers, coaches and fans. It was built through a partnership between Trail Point, DMACC and the Ankeny Community School District, which provided $2 million through a bond issue toward construction of the facility. …"
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Obermann Center conference to focus on educating prisoners to help them reenter society
Little Village Mag
"All of the state correctional facilities in Iowa are required to offer GED/high school equivalency programs to inmates. The Des Moines Area Community College also provides vocational training programs at six of the facilities. …"
Sunday, September 03, 2017
Registration open for Young Professionals of Iowa Conference
Sioux City Journal
"Registration is open for the 2017 Young Professionals of Iowa (YP Iowa) Conference, scheduled for Sept. 22 at the FFA Enrichment Center on the campus of Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. The conference, hosted by the Ankeny Young Professionals, will bring together …"
Friday, September 01, 2017
Amid gun-law changes, Iowa public universities still weapon-free
Iowa City Press-Citizen
"The campuses of Iowa's three public universities, however, remain areas in which weapons of any kind are heavily regulated and prohibited for nearly everyone except law enforcement officers. Similar polices are in place at Kirkwood and Des Moines Area Community College campuses. …"
August 2017
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Family labor still vital to Iowa farm businesses
Iowa Farmer Today
"The family raised hogs while Mike was growing up. He returned to farm in 1987 after obtaining his ag business degree from Des Moines Area Community College. …"
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Estes, Quinn to be honored at Carver Dinner
Business Record
"Opera great Simon Estes and former Ambassador Kenneth Quinn will be honored at the George Washington Carver Dinner Sept. 21 at Des Moines Area Community College’s Iowa Culinary Institute. Proceeds will help renovate the …"
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
DMACC Eclipse Viewing Party Hindered By Weather
"Cloud cover was the culprit for the eclipse viewing party planned by the Boone Campus, Des Moines Area Community College.  Even with the cloud cover some students participated Monday. …"
Sunday, August 20, 2017
DMACC Adds CSI Certification To Criminal Justice Program
cbc online
"Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) has added a Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) certificate to their Criminal Justice Program. According to instructor, Danielle Galien, DMACC is working to prepare …"
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Story County SCALE receives $5,000 Monsanto Fund grant for instructor externships
Boone News Republican
"Employees from Monsanto Huxley Site recommended the Story County SCALE (Story County Active Learning Experience) program to receive a $5,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund’s 2017 site grant initiative. Funds from the grant will be used to provide stipends in support of SCALE instructor’s participation in externship experiences in local business/industry settings. The mission of the Story County Consortium is to provide, in partnership with Des Moines Area Community College, career and vocational learning experiences and opportunities for students enrolled in our member high schools. …"
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
DMACC and Marion County Public Health Bringing ESL Classes to Knoxville
"ESL classes will be offered to adults 18 and older to people with no English language skills to people with advanced English language skills. DMACC Academic Advisor, Andrea Gotta tells KNIA/KRLS News there are people in the community who …"
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Ankeny swimmers move to ‘fabulous’ Trail Point pool
Des Moines Register
"All three members of the Ankeny girls’ swimming team gave an enthusiastic thumbs up to the Hawkettes’ new home. “I love it,” Rumley said. “It’s so light and bright in here, and you can actually breathe.” The Trail Point facility opened earlier this year on the DMACC campus. It was built through a partnership between Trail Point, DMACC and the Ankeny Community School District, which provided …"
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Area College Adds CSI Certificate for Fall Semester
Public News Service
"The field of crime scene investigations is growing both in terms of size and complexity. With that in mind, Des Moines Area Community College is offering a CSI certificate this fall for the first time. Criminal Justice Professor Danielle Galien says it's the only lab-based CSI program in the region. …"
Sunday, August 13, 2017
EMT Classes Starting At The End Of August
cbc Online
"An upcoming class in partnership between Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and Carroll County Ambulance will be offering EMT training. Classes will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 30 and be held every Monday and Wednesday from 6 p.m. to …"
Friday, August 11, 2017
Ankeny swimmers have new home
The Des Moines Register
"The Ankeny swimming teams have a new home with the opening of the Trail Point Aquatics and Wellness Center at DMACC. …"
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Student builders home completed, open house scheduled for Friday
Newton Daily News
"Built primarily by Jasper County high school students enrolled in DMACC Newton's building trades program over the past two years, and funded by …"
Thursday, August 10, 2017
DMACC Live at the Iowa State Fair
We are Iowa
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
A Few Changes And A Lot Of Bad Authority At Saturday’s CYP Carrollfest
cbc online
"This Saturday will mark the fifth annual Carroll Young Professionals Carrollfest at Graham Park and on the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) campus. CYP member, Jen Schulte, says they are kicking things off bright …"
Sunday, August 06, 2017
DMACC Professor Named Iowa and National Professor of the Year
"A Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Criminal Justice professor and Program Chair has been named professor of the year. Jessica Cole was first awarded the 2017 Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) professor of the year, then nominated for the national award. DMACC announced this week that Cole has been named the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Central Region Faculty Award winner. …"
Friday, August 04, 2017
Hargens to co-chair Iowa STEM Council
Business Record
"“He strives to recruit, employ and cultivate well-prepared Iowans, including launching the Accumold Scholars program in partnership with Des Moines Area Community College and the state of Iowa.” …"
Thursday, August 03, 2017
LCC welcomes new dean of instruction
Parson Sun
"Labette Community College recently welcomed new dean of instruction Rick Carpenter to its professional staff. Carpenter, former Des Moines Area Community College executive director of program development, stepped into his new position in June, as Mark Watkins, Ed.D., vacated the LCC dean of instruction position to become LCC president. …"
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
DMACC women’s basketball nabs top academic honor
Boone News Republican
"The Des Moines Area Community College women’s basketball team has been named the top team in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association academic top 25 honor roll for community colleges. The WBCA Academic recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and community college women’s teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade-point averages inclusive of all student-athlete on their rosters for the 2016-17 season. …"
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
2017 Women of Influence Honoree: Mary Sconiers-Chapman
Business Record
"Raised in South Bend, Ind., Sconiers-Chapman would receive a degree in elementary education from Drake University and begin teaching, and later serving as a principal, in the Des Moines Public Schools. In 1990, Sconiers-Chapman made the jump to higher education, becoming executive dean of Des Moines Area Community College. In 2000, she was promoted to vice president of strategic partnerships for the school. …"
July 2017
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Pilots race wild drones in adrenaline-filled competition
"Drones took over the skies at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny. More than 30 pilots raced against each other on July 29 for a chance to go to nationals. The top two pilots will compete in Reno, Nevada. …"
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
DMACC and ISU work together to encourage careers in cyber security
Radio Iowa
"A joint agreement between Iowa State University and Des Moines Area Community College will try to boost the number of people working in cyber security. …"
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
ISU, DMACC partner to beef up cyber security offerings
Business Record
"A new partnership between Iowa State University and Des Moines Area Community College seeks to create more pathways for Iowa students to train as cyber security professionals. …"
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Learn about Iowa Dairy Princess candidate Josie Buddenberg
"She is a 2017 graduate of South Winneshiek High School, and will attend Des Moines Area Community College this fall to study agricultural business. Her plans include transferring to Iowa State University for agricultural studies. …"
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Grimes resident participates in DMACC fishing derby
Dallas County News
"Ten-year-old Alex Isenhart of Grimes pulls in a nice blue gill as West Campus Associate Provost Rick Dawson takes a closer look during the fishing derby, also held in conjunction with the annual 3-on-3 Wild Wild West basketball tournament held on the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) West Campus. …"
Sunday, July 23, 2017
College student wears queen's crown in Crawford County
Sioux City Journal
"Ashlynn Lingle, a 2016 graduate of IKM-Manning High School, served as queen of the Crawford County Fair in Denison, Iowa, this week. Lingle, 19, is a sophomore to-be at Des Moines Area Community College. She hopes to work in agriculture education or extension in the future. Lingle hails from Aspinwall, Iowa. …"
Friday, July 21, 2017
The Elbert Files: ‘Good Governor’ Ray
Business Record
"Matthew R. Walsh, a history professor at Des Moines Area Community College, tells the story in a new book, “The Good Governor: Robert Ray and the Indochinese Refugees of Iowa.” …"
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Why Iowa leaders say 'our competitiveness could evaporate'
Des Moines Register
"Des Moines Area Community College President Rob Denson says the state can attain those goals "without a doubt." He pointed to recently released inmates as just one population the state can target for more jobs training. …"
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Asian & Pacific Islander Night at DMACC
We Are Iowa
"Watch the video …"
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Revving Economic Engines at Community Colleges
Philanthropy Roundtable
"In Iowa, Des Moines Area ­Community College is engaged in educating inmates of the men’s and women’s prisons, from life skills and high-school completion to skilled job training. For several years it offered …"
Sunday, July 09, 2017
Dr. Simon Estes To Receive Award Monday
cbc online
"On Monday, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign will be honoring Iowa Opera Star Dr. Simon Estes with a Lifetime Impact Award... …"
Friday, July 07, 2017
These 9 chefs in Des Moines are getting into a food fight
Des Moines Register
"Morsel Combat, a cooking competition featuring chefs from all over the Des Moines metro area, will take place on Sunday, July 16, at the FFA Enrichment Center at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny from 5 to 9 p.m. A panel of five celebrity judges and more than hungry 300 diners will converge to decide who will be Morsel Combat's Top Chef 2017. This is the event's sixth year. …"
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Iowa Student Sets Business Simulation World Record Using Smartsims' MikesBikes
"A student at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Iowa has set a world record for the highest ever score for a business simulation, "MikesBikes" by Boston-based company Smartsims. Gehling's achievement is an example of how business simulation games encourage high student achievement and learning outcomes. In a stunning academic achievement, Austin Gehling of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) has achieved the highest score ever recorded in the world for a business simulation. …"
Monday, July 03, 2017
New BCC President Douglas officially steps into role
Taunton Daily Gazette
"Formerly the provost of Des Moines Area Community College in Des Moines, Iowa, Douglas, who has ties to the SouthCoast, plans to familiarize herself with the BCC campuses in Fall River, Attleboro, New Bedford and Taunton, as well as the needs of those communities. …"
Monday, July 03, 2017
Sheep industry sees expansion, demand
Iowa Farmer Today
"Randall Vos says optimism is high in Iowa’s sheep industry. Vos, who runs a 100-ewe commercial flock near Pella, serves on the board of directors of the Iowa Sheep Industry Association. He says strong lamb prices have helped fuel thoughts of expansion. “Prices have been really good lately, and we are seeing more interest from younger producers as well,” says Vos, who also teaches horticulture at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. …"
Saturday, July 01, 2017
Iowa State plans new nursing degree
The Gazette
"The ISU program also aims for improved collaboration. Specifically, it’s looking to provide a seamless path for graduates of the Des Moines Area Community College RN degree program. “Due to the close proximity of DMACC to ISU, and the willingness of both campuses to collaborate, the development of a coordinated program will be straightforward,” according to board documents. …"
June 2017
Friday, June 30, 2017
Learning about water is a splash of fun
Wallaces Farmer
"Nearly 2,000 fifth-grade students, teachers and chaperones from more than 25 communities across the state participated in the 2017 Iowa Children’s Water Festival earlier this year. The hands-on field trip was held in various locations and buildings across the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny. …"
Friday, June 30, 2017
Local couple opens bistro in Gilbert
Des Moines Register
"The spot offers a changing menu every week with sandwiches, tacos and other entrees developed by Doering’s husband, a culinary graduate from Des Moines Area Community College. They also have a small bakery producing cookies and muffins and sell coffee and watermelon lemonade. …"
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Regents approve Iowa State's first nursing program
Des Moines Register
"The effort represents a collaboration between ISU and Des Moines Area Community College, which graduates about 150 registered nurses each year. …"
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Iowa's Community Colleges Facing Funding Cuts
Iowa Public Radio
"Due to the Iowa Legislature’s statewide budget cuts, the state’s fifteen community colleges will see a $3 million decrease in funding. In this River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with three Iowa community college presidents: Des Moines Area Community College President Robert Denson, Kirkwood Community College President Mick Starcevich, and Northeast Iowa Community College President Liang Chee Wee. Denson says reductions at DMACC include freezing seven faculty position and three staff positions, and reducing five other positions. He says they eliminated thirteen positions over the last three years. Other savings have come through attrition. …"
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Interim Director Randy Gabriel takes over at DMACC VanKirk Facility
Dallas County News
"Perry's DMACC has introduced Interim Director, Randy Gabriel to the VanKirk facility following the recent departure of previous DMACC Director, Rick …"