DMACC in the News

June 2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018
DMACC Rolls Back Tuition Increase for Upcoming School Year
WHO TV
"Des Moines Area Community College drops its tuition increase by one dollar for upcoming school year. DMACC President Rob Denson said the one dollar rollback comes from state legislators and Governor Kim Reynolds signing a reduced tuition increase for community colleges. …"
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Final design revealed for DMACC Greenspace
Newton Daily News
"A final concept plan for the DMACC Greenspace, filled with wide walkways, shade structures, a theater screen and a performance stage, among many features, was presented to the Newton City Council on Monday.  …"
Monday, June 18, 2018
DMACC tuition rate staying put
We Are Iowa
"While state universities have increased tuition rates for next year, Des Moines Area Community College is keeping their rates the same. DMACC is set to remain at $156 per cred hour, which won't fluctuate despite rising education costs at public colleges and universities statewide. The new rate will be $156 per credit hour, rather than $157, and remains the lowest tuition and fees of any college or university in the State. …"
Friday, June 15, 2018
DMACC reduces tuition increase by $1 per credit hour
Business Record
"Des Moines Area Community College announced it will roll back its tuition increase by $1 per credit hour for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year that starts on July 1. The board had earlier approved a $6 per credit hour increase for in-state tuition rate and $12 increase out-of-state tuition rate. With the amended tuition, the new rate will be $156 per credit hour for in-state students rather than $157, which DMACC said remains the lowest tuition and fees of any college or university in the state. …"
Friday, June 15, 2018
Iowa News Headlines Friday, June 15, 2018
KMA Land
"Des Moines Area Community College is rolling back its tuition increase by one-dollar per credit hour for the 2019 fiscal year that begins July 1st. Officials say the new rate will be 156-dollars per credit hour which remains the lowest tuition and fees of any college or university in the state of Iowa. …"
Thursday, June 14, 2018
DMACC rolls back tuition increase
Dallas County News
"Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) will rollback its tuition increase by $1 per credit hour for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year that starts on July 1. The new rate will be $156 per credit hour, …"
Thursday, June 14, 2018
High School Registered Apprenticeship Playbook now available
Business Record
"Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, with representatives of Vermeer Corp., the Career Academy of Pella and Des Moines Area Community College, on Tuesday introduced the new High School Registered Apprenticeship Playbook in Pella. …"
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
DMACC receives national military award
Newton Daily News
"Recipients have demonstrated the greatest support to Guard and Reserve employees through their leadership and practices, including adopting personnel policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserve. This is the highest level award that may be bestowed by an …"
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Governor unveils apprenticeship 'playbook'
The Gazette
"The work was done in consultation with other regional employers, school districts and governmental agencies, such as Iowa’s STEM Advisory Council, Future Ready Iowa, the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship in Iowa and Des Moines Area Community College. …"
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Facebook Plans to Team Up With 15 Community Colleges. What Will That Entail?
The Chronicle of Higher Education
"In the past six weeks it has announced partnerships with Des Moines Area Community College, Central New Mexico Community College, and Greenville Technical College, in South Carolina; on Friday it unveiled two more, at Bunker Hill and Roxbury Community Colleges, both in Massachusetts. …"
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Facebook’s efforts will bolster tech skills training in Greater Des Moines
Des Moines Register
"To support these efforts locally, Facebook is partnering with Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) to develop a new Digital Marketing Certificate program. DMACC is only the second higher education institution in the country to offer such a program, which will include courses in digital marketing and social media strategy for enrolled students.  …"
Monday, June 11, 2018
New programs hope to train small businesses in the use of social media
Radio Iowa
"Last week, Facebook announced a partnership with Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) to develop a new Digital Marketing Certificate program. …"
Thursday, June 07, 2018
IN DEPTH: DMACC Opportunities
KNIA/KRLS
"DMACC continues to provide educational opportunities to area residents. Join us today as Dr. Bob Leonard goes “In Depth” with Rob Denson, President of the Des Moines Area Community College. …"
Thursday, June 07, 2018
Documentary highlights special bond between Kosovo, Iowa
KCCI
"Kosovo is also set to build its first community college, modeled after the Des Moines Area Community College. …"
Thursday, June 07, 2018
Rethinking retail: Once-maligned industry aims to lure career-minded workers
Des Moines Register
"Des Moines Area Community College offers a certificate program in retail management that helps students develop those areas, said Elizabeth Crandon, a management and human resource management professor who works with the certificate program. Students completing the program often combine it with another program at DMACC, she said. And many have the aim to start a small business. One student who was working in a women’s clothing store focused on digital marketing at the community college and went on to create a digital presence for her employer’s two locations. “The program gives students the skills and advanced knowledge to look for the opportunities and a ladder in full-time employment,” she said. Having a background in human resources, management, hiring, creating a budget and marketing gives those retail workers an advantage in moving up in a company, she said. …"
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Facebook Community College
Inside Higher Ed
"And that includes partnering with two-year institutions such as Des Moines Area Community College, which was announced this week, Greenville Technical College, which was announced last week, and Central New Mexico Community College, which was announced last month. …"
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Thirty-two student-athletes collect 2018 NJCAA DII All-America honors
NFCA
"Moines Area Community College (DMACC), who took home third at the NJCAA DII tournament, had four student-athletes recognized …"
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Facebook, Google offering tech, career courses
Education Dive
"Facebook recently announced partnerships with two-year institutions Des Moines Area Community College, …"
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Facebook teams up with Des Moines Community College
Siouxland Proud
"Facebook is teaming up with a community college in Iowa to offer a certificate program in digital marketing.  The school's president says it could help some students get into the world of information technology.  "We kind of used it as a platform to launch our business and idea in the community before we opened four years ago. We use Facebook advertising, we like to engage with our customers," says Julie Nitchie, Business Owner. Both Facebook and DMACC are proud to announce something the social media giant and community college first started discussing about a month ago. Dmacc president Rob Denson says when you consider the ever widening foot print Facebook has in central Iowa, their partnership is a no brainer. …"
Monday, June 04, 2018
Facebook chooses Iowa college for rare digital marketing education partnership
Des Moines Register
"Des Moines Area Community College is teaming up with the globe's ultimate social media giant. Facebook is partnering with DMACC to enhance and update the school's digital marketing certificate program with additional resources and curriculum changes, the company announced Monday. The school is just the second accredited college (joining Central New Mexico) to be partnered with Facebook in this manner …"
Monday, June 04, 2018
Facebook, DMACC partner up for new certificate program
KCCI
"Facebook announced that it will partner with Des Moines Area Community College to establish a digital marketing certificate program. …"
Monday, June 04, 2018
Local Small Business Owners Learn About Using Facebook for Business
WHO TV
"Facebook kicked off its free community boost event on Monday, announcing a new digital marketing certificate program with Des Moines Area Community College. …"
Monday, June 04, 2018
Facebook, DMACC to offer new joint digital marketing certification
Business Record
"Facebook and Des Moines Area Community College will soon offer the Facebook Digital Marketing Certificate to DMACC students, representatives announced at a policy and small-business roundtable with Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie and Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend this morning …"
Monday, June 04, 2018
Facebook Community Boost Brings New Digital Marketing Certificate Program to Des Moines Area Community College
Facebook Newsroom
"While Community Boost in Des Moines will last for about a week, we’d like Iowans to have access to training and resources long after the event ends. That’s why we’re happy to partner with Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) to announce a new Digital Marketing Certificate Program. DMACC joins Central New Mexico Community College to be the first two institutions of higher education in the country to offer this program, which will include courses in digital marketing and social media strategy for enrolled students. …"
May 2018
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
MidAmerican will be first to create enough wind energy to cover 100% of consumer use
Des Moines Register
"Students from Des Moines Area Community College climb a wind turbine as part of their class to become technicians …"
Monday, May 28, 2018
Ninety-three student-athletes named to 2018 NFCA NJCAA Division II All-Region teams
NFCA
"Four more schools- CCBC-Cantonsville, Des Moines Area Community College (Midwest), Iowa Lakes Community College (Midwest), Itawamba Community College (South) and Pitt Community College (East)- placed four on the two teams. …"
Thursday, May 24, 2018
High school students get jumpstart on college
Des Moines Register
" Sickels, who will study kinesiology and play softball, took language and composition as well as psychology through the Advanced Placement (AP) program, plus Spanish, finite math and statistics at Des Moines Area Community College. …"
Thursday, May 24, 2018
DMACC to pilot college introduction course for Spanish-speaking students
Business Record
"Des Moines Area Community College will pilot a Spanish-language section of its required course, “The College Experience," this fall. New students at DMACC are required to take the course during their first semester of most academic programs. The course aims to promote college success by familiarizing students with academic resources, connecting them with the DMACC community and teaching life skills. The pilot is an effort to provide …"
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
DMACC softball finishes third nationally
Boone News-Republican
"The Des Moines Area Community College softball team capped the most successful season in school history with a third-place finish in the NJCAA Division II Championship at Clinton, Miss. DMACC was making its fifth consecutive appearance in the event and its sixth in the past seven years. …"
Monday, May 21, 2018
Pella teen earns associate degree before finishing high school
KCCI
"A central Iowa high school student recently earned her associate degree before completing high school, a feat that no other student in Pella has ever accomplished. On May 2, Erica Nossaman graduated from Des Moines Area Community College with a liberal arts degree while she was still attending Pella High School. …"
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Southeast Polk senior earns two college degrees before graduating high school
Des Moines Register
"A Southeast Polk senior who will receive his high school diploma Memorial Day weekend has already walked across the graduation stage at Des Moines Area Community College twice. …"
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Harms' publisher role now includes Mitchell and Worthington
The Globe
"Joni Harms is taking on the publisher duties at the Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D. This is in addition to her role as publisher of The Globe in Worthington. The Daily Republic’s publisher, Rory Palm, is moving to Wyoming to oversee a group of four daily newspapers. His last day was Friday. Harms attended Iowa State University and is a graduate of Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, Iowa. …"
Saturday, May 19, 2018
DMACC & Drake bounced from softball tournaments
KCCI
"In Clinton, MS, DMACC settled for a third-place finish in the NJCAA Semifinals. The Bears lost to Phoenix 1-0 to end the year 48-2. The Bears finish the year as ICCAC Champions, Region XI-A Champions, District H Champions, and World Series qualifiers. …"
Friday, May 18, 2018
Death isn't a dying industry, but Iowa funeral directors are becoming harder to find
Des Moines Register
"The Des Moines Area Community College softball team beat Louisiana State-Eunice 7-3 on Friday at the national junior college tournament. …"
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Paustian’s book wins fourth honor
Business Record
"Author and Des Moines Area Community College administrator Tony Paustian has received a fourth honor for his book, “A Quarter Million Steps: Creativity, Imagination and Leading Transformative Change,” after he was named a finalist for the international Eric Hoffer Literary Award. …"
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
DMACC softball heads to National Tournament
Boone News Republican
"The Des Moines Area Community College softball team will advance to the NJCAA Division II Softball Championship for the fifth consecutive season and the sixth time in the past seven seasons after sweeping a doubleheader from Dawson (Mont.) Community College in a Regional tournament held Thursday at Boone. …"
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Death isn't a dying industry, but Iowa funeral directors are becoming harder to find
Des Moines Register
"If a student received all education through Des Moines Area Community College's nationally accredited program, he or she could complete all …"
Monday, May 14, 2018
DMACC Foundation extends competition for $10,000 entrepreneurship grant
Business Record
"The deadline to submit applications for the Des Moines Area Community College Foundation $10,000 Entrepreneurship Competition has been extended, DMACC announced in a statement. The new deadline to submit an application is May 21 by 4 p.m. …"
Thursday, May 10, 2018
DMACC softball team dominates All-Region selections
Dallas County News
"The Iowa Community College Athlete Conference (ICCAC) announced the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II All-Region teams and special awards and the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) softball team dominated the selections. Eight members of the DMACC softball team earned first-team honors, two players were named to the second team and two players received honorable mention recognition. …"
Thursday, May 10, 2018
DMACC wins District title, advances to NJCAA World Series
KCCI
"The Bears softball team is off to the NJCAA World Series for the fifth year in a row after winning the District H Championship Thursday. …"
Monday, May 07, 2018
Educational Opportunities this summer at DMACC
We are Iowa
"Enrollment officer Rachel Erkkila stopped by Good Morning Iowa to talk about the educational opportunities being offered this summer at DMACC. DMACC is offering courses for anyone interested in furthering their education this summer. For more information or to sign up today visit their website and classes start May 22.  …"
Monday, May 07, 2018
How DMACC softball went from startup to standout
We are Iowa
"The DMACC softball team has gone from a startup to a standout. The Bears are 42-0 and fresh off a Region 11 championship. But how did they come so far in just six short years? …"
Sunday, May 06, 2018
Iowa State launches its first RN-to-BSN program
Des Moines Register
"This fall, Iowa State University will enroll its first-ever class of registered nurses seeking to earn a bachelor of science degree. Advocates hope the program will improve health care outcomes statewide....Franken subsequently earned her RN degree from Des Moines Area Community College and joined Mary Greeley in 1993. …"
Saturday, May 05, 2018
DMACC softball advances with a rout
Boone News Republican
"The Des Moines Area Community College softball team remained unbeaten and easily won its regional title with a 17-0 rout Saturday of Iowa Lakes. …"
Thursday, May 03, 2018
Newcomers learn language, life skills in course
Journal Express
"The Ukrainian-born grandmother is learning English in classes offered by Des Moines Area Community College in partnership with the Marion County Public Health Department. Early on a Thursday morning, her classmates are five adults from Somalia, and they’re impressed. …"
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Program Helps High School Students Get Jump Start on College
WHO-TV
"Correa will graduate from Valley High School later this month, but first she'll walk across another stage. "I'm going to graduate from DMACC with my Associate of Arts and my Associate of Science degrees," she said. She took dual credits in high school through the Career Advantage program at Des Moines Area Community College. …"
April 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Wind turbine technician students use Iowa program to climb career ladder
Des Moines Register
"One of the country's most in-demand jobs can be found almost 300 feet in the air. Good money and a stable future can follow, all with a two-year degree. Des Moines Area Community College boasts one such program. …"
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Rep. Taylor helps recognize DMACC Chef Robert Anderson
Dallas County News
"DMACC Executive Chef Robert Anderson was recognized in a special ceremony by the Iowa House of Representatives on Monday afternoon. Anderson was recognized for his 43 years of world-renowned leadership at the Iowa Culinary Institute; for receiving the prestigious L’Ordre des Palmes Academiques award from the French Republic; and for being one of only 99 American chefs and the only active chef from Iowa to be inducted into the Honorable Order of the Golden Toque. …"
Monday, April 16, 2018
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Free This Weekend At DMACC
cbc online
"Carroll County Solid Waste Management Commission is once again partnering with Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) for their free Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, April 21 at the Carroll DMACC campus. Director of the commission, Mary Wittry, says that everybody has some form of hazardous waste in their household. Many people just don’t know how to dispose of it properly, she says, or understand the need to …"
Monday, April 16, 2018
DMACC Students Get Hands-On Experience at Mock Accident Scene
WHO TV
"First responders were called to a major accident scene at the DMACC campus in Ankeny on Monday, but it was all part of a drill. Students from eight different DMACC programs took part in the large-scale mock accident scene. …"
Friday, April 13, 2018
DMACC executive VP receives national leadership award
Business Record
"Stanley Jensen, executive vice president of college operations at Des Moines Area Community College, received the Exemplary Leadership Award at the Chair Academy’s 27th Annual International Leadership Conference in Denver, Colo. Before coming to DMACC in January, …"
Friday, April 13, 2018
Hello there
The Traer Star-Clipper
"I originally hail from Ankeny, where I graduated from Ankeny High School in 2010. Honestly, I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with my life, so I attended Des Moines Area Community College for two years to find out. It was on a campus visit that I noticed their small college newspaper, The Campus Chronicle, and was curious to …"
Friday, April 13, 2018
TechBrew: Martina Schubert of Continental Western Group
Clay and Milk
"On Friday morning, Waller spoke with Martina Schubert, the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Continental Western Group. They discussed growing up in Newton and the Maytag impact, teambuilding, security and analytics... I went to DMACC (Des Moines Area Community College), my parents were Maytagers of course. I went for computer programming and if any of you were around in the 80’s, DMACC had a fabulous program and everybody was leaving with a job. Which I did. …"
Thursday, April 12, 2018
DMACC to conduct mass casualty exercise on April 16
Business Record
"Des Moines Area Community College students will test their teamwork and critical thinking skills during a simulated multiple vehicle accident to be staged April 16 at DMACC’s Ankeny campus. More than 300 students and faculty from eight DMACC programs will participate in the simulation, which will be held at a parking lot near Trail Point Aquatics & Wellness from 1 to 4 p.m. DMACC paramedic students will triage and treat the “injured” and transport the most critical victims to the hospital. Students in the Fire Science, Criminal Justice, Human Services, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing and Respiratory Therapy, and Early Childhood Education programs will also participate in the exercise.  …"
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
DMACC softball still perfect
Boone News-Republican
"The Des Moines Area Community College softball team ran its winning streak to 24 consecutive games after sweeping a doubleheader Sunday against Northeast (Neb.) Community College at Austin, Minn. The Bears, ranked second in the NJCAA Division II poll, swept the series by scores of 8-0 and 11-2 to improve to 24-0 for the season and 6-0 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference. …"
Monday, April 09, 2018
48 Central Iowa high school seniors to graduate with DMACC degrees
Business Record
"Forty-eight high-achieving Central Iowa students graduating from high school late next month will already have earned their associate’s degrees from Des Moines Area Community College. According to DMACC officials, it’s the highest number yet to earn a DMACC degree while still in high school. …"
Thursday, April 05, 2018
DMACC students pass court reporting speed contest
Newton Daily News
"National Court Reporters Association celebrated Court Reporting and Captioning Week March 19-23. There were 182 students competing from across the country. All students, from all court reporting schools, at any speed level, were invited to participate. There were 17 court reporting programs with students competing in the contest. Three Newton DMACC real-time reporting students were among 46 across the nation to pass …"
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Iowa chef competes on Food Network's 'Chopped'
Des Moines Register
"Chef James Richards of Provisions Lot F in Ames was chosen to compete on Chopped, which aired on Tuesday on Food Network. Richards studied culinary arts at Des Moines Area Community College and worked as Chef de Cuisine for Emeril Lagasse, as well as at …"
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Ames chef appears on Food Network contest
Ames Tribune
"Richards grew up in Ankeny and picked up his love of cooking from his great aunt, who helped out in the house after his parents divorced early in his life. He began studying at Des Moines Area Community College’s culinary program while taking upper class courses at Ankeny High School. “Once I found out it could be a career and I could do something with it and make a name for myself, I said, ‘man, I’m sticking with this all the way,’” he said. …"
March 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018
Ernst tours DMACC campus
Newton Daily News
"The departure of Maytag may have been years ago, but things are moving again at Newton’s DMACC campus. With nearly a half a million square feet for lease, the campus is hoping to find tenants they can partner with to create a mixed use development that will enhance the student experience while also helping DMACC covers the costs associated with maintaining the sprawling campus on the west edge of Newton’s downtown. …"
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Employers And Job Seekers Swapping Roles At Upcoming Job Fair In Carroll
CBC Online
"The Reverse Job Fair will be hosted at the Des Moines Area Community College—Carroll Campus on Friday, April 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Preregistration is required to participate. For more information or to register your business, contact the Carroll IowaWORKS office through the contact points included below. …"
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
DMACC student finds Ankeny letterman jacket while studying abroad in London
Des Moines Register
"Burlington native Aubrey Schmitt has been studying abroad in London since mid-February. But little did the Des Moines Area Community College student know she'd come across a piece of Iowa hanging inside a thrift store thousands of miles away. …"
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Helping the vulnerable: DMACC explains requirements of CNA program
KCCI
"KCCI's Marcus McIntosh visited Des Moines Area Community College’s CNA programs to learn more. …"