Unlock Your Potential through Key Careers at DMACC

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Choose from dozens of high paying, rewarding career paths.
You can get in, earn your degree and be ready to work in two years or less.

If long hours in the classroom, lectures for four years and a lot of college debt aren’t for you, then consider one of DMACC’s many career and technical paths.

Today, there are jobs in IT, Nursing, Business, Mechanics, Web development, Telecommunications, Electrical, and ​Automotive Technology that require skilled training.


Why is this right for you?

  • These KEY career paths are in demand
  • Employers are hiring
  • Jobs are good paying
  • You will have A LOT LESS student debt
  • Job security
  • New and exciting opportunities
  • Not tied to a specific employer, skills transfer anywhere


Strong Connection to Local Employers

  • Local employers rely on DMACC grads and current students to keep their companies running
  • Earn while you learn and internships with businesses while taking DMACC classes
  • DMACC connects with companies to develop usable curriculum
  • Strong connection to the needs of industry
  • Learning from industry experts

Experience and Resources

  • Experienced, knowledgeable and caring professors with years of practical experience
  • Small class sizes
  • Hands on learning with labs
  • Classroom technology and equipment that mirrors industry needs
  • Nationally and regionally accredited
  • Free career services available to current students and graduates
  • Specific area hiring career fairs
  • Industry tours to see your training in action
  • External certifications built into many programs (boards, certifications) so you graduate ready for work on day one


  • Last Dollar scholarships provide full tuition for qualified programs
  • Many other grants and scholarships available for skilled pathways
  • DMACC offers the lowest tuition and fees in Iowa

Academic Programs

DMACC offers hundreds of exciting KEY programs that lead to degrees, diplomas and certificates as well as pathways that lead to jobs in the workplace. Check out your options here.

Select a pathway below for more informati​on:

Getting Started

Applying is free and easy!  Questions?

Call  (515) 965-7337

Email at Admissions@dmacc.edu  

Ask an Admissions Counselor

Testimonials from students in Key DMACC career areas

Yuuki's DMACC testimonial  

Explores creative side after business

“After I graduated from my four year degree program in business, I found that I wanted to go back to work on my creative side. I really wanted to go into graphic design to supplement my marketing and business skills. So DMACC was more financially feasible but it was also short and concise which was what drew me to it.”

—Yuuki Matsuyama

Mark's DMACC testimonial  

Saving lives, saving money

“I am in the paramedic program. My teacher is Mr. Eric Anderson. I chose DMACC because it’s affordable, convenient, and because DMACC appropriately trains you for your job.”

—Mark Sinnwell

Peter's DMACC testimonial 

Pursuing a degree at night

“I work full time. So having DMACC being able to offer night classes helps me with being able to pursue my human services degree. They’re here to work for you.”

—Peter Garcia

Breanna's DMACC testimonial 

Wife and mom goes back to school

“I wanted to continue my education but as a wife and a mom, our family is already established in the Des Moines area and I didn’t want to move around. So with all the different DMACC locations and campuses it just made sense. Plus it was really affordable and I didn’t have to commute.”

—Breanna Owen, Fashion Program

—Carlos' DMACC testimonial 

An instant match

“I chose DMACC after finding out that there was a photography program in Ankeny. After taking the orientation, I wanted to start immediately. It was a great environment and it offered everything I was hoping to get in photography.”

—Carlos Marroquin

Amy's DMACC testimonial 

A solid choice in a reputable program

“I chose DMACC because they have one of the top respiratory therapy programs in the state of Iowa.”

—Amy Sonderman

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