Career Discovery Events

Career Exploration Days

These events allow high school students, parents and educators to explore a career pathway by attending hands-on activity sessions and demonstrations. Connect to future careers, meet with professionals and learn about DMACC programs! Transportation is the student’s responsibility.

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Grand View University - Henning Student Center
2811 East 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316

Description: This event is for 9-12th grade students interested in exploring future educational and career opportunities in health care. There are many different types of careers in the healthcare industry, both patient and non-patient facing that make up an organization. From the nurse who helps care for patients, to the imaging staff, to the paramedics and EMTs who take care of patients pre-hospital and through transfers. You will explore different opportunities in healthcare from a clinical side through conversations and activities with over 12 different departments through Broadlawns, MercyOne, UnityPoint healthcare professionals. In addition, you’ll learn about educational opportunities in these fields from DMACC, Des Moines University, Grand View, and Mercy College. Lunch will be provided.​

*Due to capacity constraints, if you are registering more than 15 students, please contact​ to confirm availability.


Date: Thursday, Feb 22, 2024
Time: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm (check-in starts at 9:15 am).
DMACC Ankeny Campus - Building 5, Student Center
2006 S Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA 50023

Description: Are you interested in a career in education? During this event, students will hear from educators and administrators at the state and local levels, interact with DMACC instructors and staff to learn about DMACC’s Pre-Education program and the DMACC experience. Hear from teachers and administrators during breakout sessions, visit resource booths, and learn more about STEM. Lunch will be provided.

*Educators: Due to capacity constraints, if you are registering more than 10 students, please contact to check availability.


Date: Friday, December 15, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Iowa Methodist Medical Center– Education & Research Center
1415 Woodland Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309

Description: Interested in health care? There are many different types of careers in the health care industry, both patient and non-patient facing that make up an organization. From the lab and imaging staff to surgical services, to respiratory therapists. During this event you’ll learn more about these careers, and many others, to find the right fit for you! This event is designed for high school students interested in health care careers.

Please note:

  • Due to capacity constraints, registration is open to students only. Guests of students and educators do not need to register. Guests of students and educators may attend with students; however, they will not tour with the students. A space will be provided to wait while the event occurs if you are attending with a student.
  • Light snacks and refreshments provided. Lunch is not provided.
  • Please wear business casual clothing
  • Closed-toe shoes are required
  • Parking is limited at the facility. Please carpool when possible.

*Educators: Due to capacity constraints, if you are registering more than 5 students, please contact to check availability.


Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
DMACC Ankeny Campus, Building 3E

Description: Come to DMACC's Ankeny campus for the best hands-on opportunity to learn about the innovative and exciting world of manufacturing! Guests will experience a working Welding and Tool and Die lab to understand what it takes to make products from our daily life from design to end user.
Local employers will be present to discuss their industry and opportunities in the field today.
Lunch will be provided.

Email Caitlyn Zimmerman with any questions. 


Worksite Industry Tour​​s​

These events are hosted by a business and are open to 11th and 12th grade students. Students will meet with professionals to learn about the business and spe​cific careers. These events are for students only and transportation is the student’s responsibility.​ *Due to capacity constraints, if you are interested in registering more than 5 students from your class please email to confirm availability.

Virtual Events

Live virtual sessions connect students with business professionals to learn about specific careers and professional skills that critical in today’s job market.

Career Fairs

These events host numerous business partners for students to connect with to gain a better understanding of their organization, positions hired, education and training needs, and what a day in the life looks like. Put yourself front and center as you connect with local employers to find a part-time opportunity or learn more about your dream job!​

Several Career Fairs are offered through DMACC throughout the year, this fall’s career fairs are below. If you are looking to learn more about a particular career or are undecided on your major these are a great way to explore careers. Meet with many local employers! There's no cost – these events are free!

Register for a Career Fair

Business Community

​If you are interested in collaborating with us and want to learn more about how to get involved, we always need more business connections! Please email​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​. ​​​

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