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 DMACC in the News

April 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
New Presidents and Provosts:
Inside Higher Ed
"Joe DeHart, executive director of institutional effectiveness at Des Moines Area Community College, in Iowa, has been selected as provost of the college's Newton Campus. Laura L. Douglas, provost at Des Moines Area Community College, in Iowa, has been appointed president of Bristol Community College, in Massachusetts. …"
Thursday, April 13, 2017
DMACC student awarded 'life-changing' scholarship worth up to $320K
Des Moines Register
"Rashida Anderson-Abdullah is an accomplished student at DMACC’s Ankeny campus with dreams of becoming a state legislator. But exactly how pay for the education needed to achieve those dreams hung in limbo as the second-year student's graduation date loomed. Until Thursday. …"
Thursday, April 13, 2017
DC-G grad speaks to DMACC Board of Directors
Dallas County News
"Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) West Campus student Kaehlin Terry of West Des Moines speaks to the DMACC Board of Directors during their annual meeting at the West Campus. Terry, who is a graduate of Dallas Center-Grimes High School, is president of the West Campus Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society chapter and a member of the DMACC Honors Program. She plans to transfer to Willamette University in Salem, Ore. to major in Archaeology with a minor in Anthropology. …"
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Hazardous Waste Day Encourages Residents To Dispose of Dangerous Materials Safely
cbc online
"The Carroll County Solid Waste Management Commission and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) are urging residents to dispose of dangerous substances by taking advantage of Household Hazardous Materials Day later this month. The event to dispose of unsafe chemicals will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m to 11 a.m. in DMACC’s Carroll campus parking lot. Commission Director, Mary Wittry, says identifying a hazardous waste only takes a moment. …"
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
DMACC Reaches $1 Million Mark In Scholarships
cbc online
"The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Foundation recently announced they reached the $1 million mark in scholarships awarded to students during the 2016-17 school year. More than 1,600 students at DMACC’s six campuses and six learning centers have benefitted from this record-setting achievement. Foundation Executive Director, Tara Connolly, says their ability to reach this milestone is the result of hours …"
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
At 69, this DMACC instructor is still climbing
Business Record
" 69-year-old Des Moines Area Community College instructor leads the largest stair climb team this year during the American Lung Association in Iowa's 2017 Fight For Air Climb on April 9. Buzz Hoffman, a criminal justice instructor, coaches more than 100 members of …"
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
DMACC Foundation to award milestone $1 million in scholarships
Newton Daily News
"The Des Moines Area Community College Foundation awarded $1 million in scholarships to DMACC students during the 2016-17 school year. …"
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Four Iowa State students named Goldwater Scholars
Iowa State University News Service
"He transferred to ISU from Des Moines Area Community College, where he co-authored a scholarly article in Physics Letters A while working with an …"
March 2017
Friday, March 31, 2017
$10,000 DMACC Foundation Entrepreneurship Award Available To Student And Alumni Business Owners
"Iowa business owners who are currently students at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) or are an alumnus who has completed 12 credit hours or more are eligible to enter for a chance to win the $10,000 prize in the DMACC Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition. …"
Friday, March 31, 2017
Dallas County Farm gives DMACC students real-life experience
Dallas County News
"The Dallas County Farm, north of Adel, works as a tool for DMACC students interested in the agriculture business. Whether students are linked to a family farm, or envision themselves owning a private farm one day – the Dallas County Farm resides as the hub of potential experience for future farmers. …"
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Newton Daily News
"Community members will get a chance to meet new DMACC Newton Campus Provost Joe DeHart next Thursday when he hosts a reception and open house at the college. …"
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Two Iowa Authors Will Read From Their Works At Carroll DMACC Campus
"In early April, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) will bring fiction and poetry writers to six of their campuses in the 15th annual Celebration of Literary Arts Festival. From April 3 through April 5, the authors will interact with the students and read from their works. …"
Friday, March 17, 2017
DMACC Course connects participants with community leaders
Newton Daily News
"DMACC’s “Get to Know Newton Leadership” course provides enrollees with a valuable glimpse into the civic underpinnings of a city with no shortage of leaders. The leadership course connects students with elected officials, board members, executive directors and more. Once a week for a two-month stretch, community leaders share insight and tell stories to participants. …"
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Iowans Challenge Aging with Ingenuity
Public News Service
"The Disrupt Aging Innovation Concept Challenge is the combined effort of AARP, Des Moines Area Community College, Edgewater senior living and Aging Resources of Central Iowa. …"
Monday, March 13, 2017
Annual job fair returns to Newton
Newton Daily News
"For seven years, the Newton Development Corporation, Des Moines Area Community College, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Goodwill Career Connection Center have collaborated to coordinate the event. This year, the job fair is slated for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 29 at the Newton DMACC Campus in the Conference Center. …"
Friday, March 10, 2017
Iowa Wine Growers Association honors members
Wallaces Farmer
"Mid-American Wine Competition was presented the 2017 Outstanding Industry Partner of the Year Award. The Mid-American Wine Competition began in 2007 and is held annually in July at Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny. The competition is open to commercial wineries from 18 different states. In 2016, more than 600 wines were judged, with 96 wineries receiving awards. …"
Thursday, March 09, 2017
DMACC Fall Registration Right Around The Corner
"Des Moines Area Community College will have fall registration starting April 3rd and running through April 19th for prospective student interested in furthering their education. …"
Thursday, March 09, 2017
DMACC tool helps students plan careers
Newton Daily News
"Des Moines Area Community College recently added an online planning tool that aims to help students more efficiently earn a degree called Degree Works Planner. …"
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
City OKs up to $6M in TIF funds for DMACC Maytag campus
Newton Daily News
"Up to $6 million in city tax increment finance assistance was approved for the DMACC Maytag Campus on Monday. City council gave the go ahead to help DMACC make capital investments and renovations that enhance the long-term viability and economic relevance of the campus. …"
Friday, March 03, 2017
Council to consider $1.5M tax rebate for DMACC
Newton Daily News
"A $1.5 million tax rebate to DMACC for the former Maytag headquarters will be discussed at the city council meeting on Monday. …"
Thursday, March 02, 2017
NOTEBOOK: Ride the rocket, innovate
Business Record
"Ken Mattingly stopped by Des Moines Area Community College's West Campus Wednesday afternoon to encourage students and some other fans of space travel to always innovate. His appearance was part of ciWeek8, a week of innovative speakers ranging from sound engineer Greg Russell of "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" fame to beatbox champion Kaila Mullady. …"
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Apollo astronauts on new mission in Iowa: to educate
"Only 24 men have flown to the Moon — all of them Americans — and two of them are in central Iowa this week, trying to inspire college students to look skyward. Apollo astronauts Ken Mattingly and Al Worden are headlining Celebrate Innovation Week at Des Moines Area Community College. …"
February 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
DMACC’s ciWeek to Start Monday, Will Feature Variety of Speakers
"Dr. Tony Paustian, Provost of DMACC West, joined Jodi Whitworth in the studio to talk about the school's eighth annual ciWeek event taking place this week. …"
Friday, February 24, 2017
UnityPoint Health to open two physical therapy clinics in Ankeny
Business Record
"UnityPoint Health-Des Moines will soon have two new physical therapy locations for patients in Ankeny. The health care provider recently opened a physical therapy clinic at the Trail Point fitness center on the Des Moines Area Community College campus. The DMACC location, which opened Feb. 13, is the first UnityPoint Health clinic to offer aquatic therapy for patients with chronic illnesses or injuries. …"
Friday, February 24, 2017
Open House Sunday For DMACC’s New Student And Fitness Centers In Ankeny
"After almost two years of construction, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) will be hosting an open house this Sunday (Feb. 26) to feature their newly finished Student Center and Trail Point Aquatics and Wellness Center on the Ankeny campus. The 180,000 square-foot building that connects …"
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Iowa wine growers recognize DMACC wine competition
Newton Daily News
"The 2016 Mid-American Wine Competition was held July 8-10. This was the 10th year the DMACC ICI has hosted the event. There were more than 600 entries from 13 states. Judges included Doug Frost of Kansas City, one of only three people in the world to earn the title of both Master of Wine and Master Sommelier. …"
Thursday, February 23, 2017
LORD Donates Products and Equipment to Ed. Foundation
Fender Bender
"LORD Corporation has donated products and equipment to 13 schools in support of the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s (CREF) Gift-in-Kind program. …"
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
DMACC Has Record Number Of Students Participating In Discovery Days
"Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) of Carroll has had a record number of students sign up for participation in their annual Career Discovery Day. Today (Tuesday), high school students from Carroll, Kuemper, Glidden and Paton Churdan districts …"
Monday, February 20, 2017
Local DMACC students to work on donated GMC Denali
Dallas County News
"General Motors has donated a 2015 GMC Denali Heavy Duty pickup with 360 HP and 280 ft.-lbs. Variable Valve Timing Flex Fuel V8 engine, 6-speed Automatic Transmission, Heated and Cooled front seats and Navigation system, to list a few of the options, to the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) GM Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP). …"
Monday, February 20, 2017
These Community Colleges Are Still Fulfilling the American Dream
EdSurge News
"Community colleges also offer an important linkage between high school and a four-year institution or advanced career opportunity. My experiences as an ESL student at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and as the only Hispanic among many other cultures was intimidating, but opened my eyes to how wonderful our differences are when they are embraced. Community colleges like DMACC foster diversity and cater to various populations. …"
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Oscar Nominee Will Be Keynote Speaker At CiWeek 8
"A 2017 Oscar nominee, Greg Russell, will be a keynote speaker at Celebrate Innovation! Week 8 (ciWeek 8) at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) West Des Moines campus on Wednesday, March 1. Russell, a sound engineer who was nominated for the movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” will be speaking at 11:30 a.m. …"
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Ruan Donation Adds New Virtual Driving Simulator To DMACC Transportation Institute
"The John Ruan Foundation has made a $100,000 donation to Des Moines Area Community College’s (DMACC) Transportation Institute. The money is earmarked for the purchase of a new advanced driving simulator. …"
Friday, February 10, 2017
DMACC and IMDP team up to save lives
Newton Daily News
" The DMACC Newton Student Nursing Club, along with the Iowa Marrow Donor Program, is hosting a bone marrow drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Newton Campus. This event is to sign up committed donors to go on the bone marrow registry with just a mouth swab and some paperwork, not actually donate bone marrow. …"
Thursday, February 09, 2017
DMACC hosting activities for National Court Reporting and Captioning Week
Newton Daily News
"National Court Reporting and Captioning Week kicks into gear on Saturday, and DMACC’s Newton campus will be hosting events throughout the week. …"
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
DMACC and AARP announce new innovation concept challenge
Newton Daily News
"Des Moines Area Community College and AARP have created a Disrupt Aging Innovation Concept Challenge in connection with Celebrate Innovation. Week 8. Contestants are encouraged to submit an idea for a product, service or tool that will positively impact the lives of those age 50 and over for a chance to win $1,000 and attend a DMACC course for free. …"
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Ruan Foundation gives $100,000 to DMACC for truck driving simulator
Business Record
" The simulators will be used in tandem with driver training in DMACC semis on the community college's 10-acre concourse, located at 2081 NE 54th Ave. The facility currently graduates 200 students a year and offers classes both during the day and at night. …"
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Ruan Foundation Gift to Help Train Truck Drivers At DMACC
"The John Ruan Foundation has given a gift to Des Moines Area Community College in an effort to train more truck drivers at the school. The Foundation gave the school $100,000 to purchase another driving simulator for the DMACC Transportation Institute. …"
Monday, February 06, 2017
Disparities in minority unemployment targeted by Iowa officials
Des Moines Register
"Branstad and Reynolds announced the plans at a news conference in Des Moines at the Evelyn K. Davis Center, which helps individuals achieve career goals. The center is a partnership between the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, United Way of Central Iowa and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). …"
Sunday, February 05, 2017
Politicians set sights on changing higher education
The Gazette
"Des Moines Area Community College President Rob Denson said public higher education — and community colleges specifically — are just like any other industry. “We are all seeing disruption to the way it used to be,” he said. “And most of it turns out to be good.” …"
Friday, February 03, 2017
ciWeek8 "Skyfall," "Transformers" sound engineer paints with audio
"Russell is on a ciWeek8 lineup Feb. 27 to March 3 that includes beatboxer Kaila Mullady, Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, rock climber Kevin Jorgeson, Olympic gold medalist Dan Gable, Apollo 16 astronaut Ken Mattingly (played by Gary Sinise in “Apollo 13”), best-sellng authors Max Brooks and Joy Hakim, and ciWeek founder Anthony Paustian, provost of DMACC West. …"
Friday, February 03, 2017
Woodward resident wins Camaro for DMACC
Adel News
"Former Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP) student Connor Sackett of Woodward stands in front of a 2014 Camaro SS that he won for DMACC's Automotive Technology department for his third-place finish in the National Skills USA contest held this past June in Louisville. This marks the second time that Sackett has won a Camaro for DMACC's Automotive Technology department. The vehicles are then used by students for training purposes. Sackett is working full-time as a technician at Shottenkirk Chevrolet in Waukee. …"
Thursday, February 02, 2017
DMACC, AARP look to help boomers
"Des Moines Area Community College and AARP would like to make life better for those over 50. If you are at least 14 years told, you have the chance to win up to $1,000 by suggesting ways to improve the quality of life for the post-50 crowd. The Disrupt Aging Innovation Concept Challenge will be part of DMACC's ciWeek8 festivities at the West Campus. Entrants will submit their concept and answer seven questions. Finalists will be announced at a ciWeek8 event March 2 and will be paired with mentors from SCORE, a nonprofit organization that helps startup businesses owners achieve their goals. The finalists will present pitches March 16 at Edgewater. …"
January 2017
Monday, January 30, 2017
Iowa Capitol Digest: Committee OKs bill requiring jobs impact statements
Quad city Times
"Students in Des Moines Area Community College's surgical technology program demonstrate some of their technical skills to visiting FFA students at …"
Sunday, January 29, 2017
29 Photos: Ice Fishing in Ankeny
Des Moines Register
"David Merical of Ankeny holds a 14-inch bass he caught during the Ice Fishing Outing on Lake Future at Des Moines Area Community College …"
Saturday, January 28, 2017
DMACC Announces Music and Poetry Contest
"Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) is inviting artists to submit an original musical or poetry piece for a chance to perform at Celebrate …"
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Community college students share stories with lawmakers
Radio Iowa
"Dolan says the seminar gives lawmakers a nice view of the types of students who are attending community colleges. IACCT represents these schools: Des Moines Area Community College, …"
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
5 Things Community College Administrators Wish Edtech Companies Would Do
EdSurge News
"Robert Denson, president of Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa echoes Teti’s wish, but says edtech companies need to look beyond traditional higher-ed models and think about what kinds of problems two-year institutions and trade schools face. To the edtech CEOs out there, he advises, “understand that what works for a four-year university may not work the same for community colleges, and likely vice versa.” …"
Monday, January 23, 2017
Winter Isn't Over Yet, Check Your Car Now
"it's nice out those things get amplified by the time it gets cold,” said Jerry Burns, auto technician instructor at Des Moines Area Community College. …"