Quick Start Career Examples

​​​​Central Iowa employers need skilled workers in dozens of career fields.  Consider how DMACC can prepare you for an in-demand field.

Building Trades Diploma

Completed in just 12 months, a Building Trades Diploma qualifies you for employment.

  • A DMACC-Carpenter's Union Labor agreement program enables graduates to drop one year from the apprenticeship program.   
  • Graduates can expect to earn a beginning wage from $37,000- $50,000 the first year.
Graduates can expect: $37-50K the first year


Building Trades Website


Iowa Welding InstituteTM

“Is this welder qualified?” supervisors and inspectors will ask. “Does this weld meet product specifications?” When you earn a Welding Certificate from DMACC, you can answer “Yes.”

  • ​Average starting salary in Iowa: $36,000 per year or more
  • Women account for only about 9% of the country’s skilled trades workers . A career in a skilled trade, including welding, is a great choice.

Average starting salary: $36k or more 

Medical Office Specialist

Iowa businesses and medical groups in the metro need qualified medical assistants to  manage their office functions. One of two certificate options–completed just 2 terms–  will get you there.   

  • ​Students report salaries of approx. $25,000 per year, locally.
  • Employment opportunities exist locally, statewide and nationally.
  • Employment outlook strong locally and nationally.

Students reported approximately $25k per yaear locally 

Medical Office Specialist website


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Microsoft Data Center Academy

Microsoft has teamed up with DMACC’s West Des Moines Campus to create the Microsoft Data Center Academy. This first-of-its-kind program trains students for job-ready skills for employment in any data center. The hands-on training includes infrastructure cabling, copper and fiberoptic testing, and computer network connectivity. 

  • Microsoft has provided $60,000 in student scholarships for the Data Center Academy.   
  • Entry-level jobs will fall within the $30,000 to $40,000 range.
  • Advancement in this exciting field is common.    
  • Academy graduates will be qualified to enter the workforce or they can pursue their two- or four-year Information Technology degree.

Miscrosoft has provided $60k in student scholarships for the Data Center Academy 

Microsoft Data Center Academy   

Workforce Training Academy​​

DMACC’s Workforce Training Academy (WTA) is a jobs initiative that offers qualifying individuals FREE tuition and supports inside and outside the classroom…no matter your prior education:
  • Business. Administrative Support Professional
  • Healthcare. Certified Nurse Assistant (Basic & Advanced), Patient Intake & Billing, Phlebotomy, Sterile Processing
  • Manufacturing. Computer Numerical-controlled Operator (CNC), Industrial Painting, MIG Production Welding, Manufacturing Production Technician
  • Skilled Trades. Building Maintenance,Core Construction/Basic Equipment Operator, Network Cable Installer

Comments from our graduates:

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DMACC Workforce Training Academy website​

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