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DMACC Youth ConsortiumHigh School Diploma Completion Program

The Des Moines Area Community College Youth Consortium Credit Recovery Program has served students in an 11 county central Iowa area for more than nineteen years. The following programs are designed to assist students earn a high school diploma:

  • Credit Recovery for the home high school diploma
  • Credit Transfer for the home high school diploma

Credit Recovery

  • This program is available for students who do not plan to return to their home high school but would still like to earn a home high school diploma. The student should meet with the home school counselor prior to enrolling in this program to establish requirements for the diploma to be earned.
  • To enroll in this program it is recommended that students have completed the second year of the high school experience. A school referral is required.
  • Credits may be earned through successful completion of DMACC academic courses.
  • The home high school for each student will indicate the specific courses the student will be allowed to complete and transfer to the high school for credit. Your high school may have established limits on the number of credits that can be transferred to earn the home high school diploma.
  • The student may complete the course(s) at one of DMACC's Learning Centers where certified instructors are available for consultation.
  • If your school is a member of the Youth Consortium Credit Recovery Program, course fees and materials are provided.

Credit Transfer

  • DMACC Credit Transfer courses are independent study courses that maximize opportunities to earn high school credits through flexible scheduling. The program is accredited through the Iowa Department of Education as any other public or private school. Students may enroll in a course(s) at one of DMACC's Learning Centers where certified instructors are available for consultation.
  • The home high school for each student will indicate the specific courses the student will be allowed to complete and transfer to the high school for credit. Your high school may have established limits on the number of credits that can be transferred to earn the home high school diploma. A credit transfer referral is required.
  • Upon successful completion of a credit transfer course, verification will be mailed to the appropriate high school.
  • If your school is a member of the Youth Consortium Credit Recovery Program, course fees and materials are provided.

Talk to Your Counselor

  • Your school counselor will be glad to explain the Credit Transfer and Credit Recovery Programs to you and your parents.
  • Any student who plans to transfer from their home high school to the Youth Consortium Credit Recovery Program should schedule an exit interview that includes a local school counselor. A school referral is required.
  • After meeting with your school counselor you should call the main Consortium office at 515-965-7003 to schedule an on campus appointment for enrollment.

Program Policies

  • Students must sign in upon entering the Learning Center and sign out if leaving for more than 5 minutes.
  • Students are required to be in attendance for a minimum of 8 hours per week.
  • Students are enrolled in one course at a time.
  • Students have a maximum of 4 months to complete a high school level course.
  • High school level courses require 70% average for a passing grade.
  • Test scores below 60% require re-testing with the test scores averaged.
  • Failure of 1/3 of the tests results in a failure of the course.
  • Students may take a maximum of 4 tests and/or turn in 4 assignments per day
  • Students will be billed for any non-returned or damaged textbooks.

Building Policies

  • Students are NOT to loiter anywhere at the DMACC Success Center. When on site, students are to be actively working in the Learning Center. A student lounge is available for short breaks.
  • Students may use the computer lab at the Success Center. Students must be signed out of the Learning Center. Students may NOT view or download obscene material and may not change any of the setting on the computers.
  • Food and drinks are NOT allowed in the computer lab.
  • Cell phones are NOT to be used in the Learning Center.
  • Child care is NOT available at the Success Center. Please make other arrangements ahead of time.
  • Students who fail to comply with these or any of DMACC's expectations for student conduct may be asked to leave the Success Center and attend another site.

Learning Center Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 Noon

For more information contact:

Greg McCullough, Consultant
Youth Consortium
DMACC Southridge Room 1-C
1111 East Army Post Road
Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone: 515-287-8702
Fax: 515-287-8733
gmmccullough@dmacc.edu

Rick Carpenter, Director, High School Programs
1-800-362-2127, ext 8701 or 515-287-8701