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February 2017
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. …"
Friday, January 20, 2017
This Iowa high school student already has 2 college degrees
Des Moines Register
"She is on schedule to graduate from Carlisle this May but has already earned two associate degrees from DMACC. …"
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Laura L. Douglas Approved as Next BCC President
Bristol Community College
"Dr. Douglas has served in her current role as Provost at Des Moines Area Community College’s (DMACC) Urban Campus in Des Moines, Iowa, since 2005. Rob Denson, President of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) congratulated his colleague upon hearing the news. “Congratulations to Dr. Douglas for being named the new President of Bristol Community College,” he said. “Dr. Douglas and her staff and faculty at the DMACC Urban/Des Moines Campus have achieved many milestones during her tenure including strengthening connections with diverse communities, added or grown in-demand programs such as Interpretation and Translation and Surgical Technology, and created new paths for Urban Campus students to either transfer or enter the workforce. Her initiatives have meant more opportunities for our students.” He added, “Dr. Douglas is the 14th DMACC employee who has moved on to become a college president. DMACC is larger than many colleges and universities across the country. Our culture, challenges and initiatives represent a good opportunity for Provosts to move on to become leaders at other institutions. We are proud of that leadership heritage. I’m confident her initiatives will offer excellent results at Bristol Community College.” …"
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
'Stop the Bleed' aims to turn bystanders into first responders
Des Moines Register
"Six organizations in West Des Moines have agreed to purchase a kit: GuideOne Insurance, Jordan Creek Town Center, West Des Moines Community Schools, the city of West Des Moines, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co., and Des Moines Area Community College West Campus. …"
Friday, January 13, 2017
DMACC's facing $1.5 million budget cut under Governor's proposal
Channel 2 Fox
"DES MOINES, Iowa — For Des Moines Area Community Colleges President Rob Denson, students always come first. "Our prime directive is to not to punish the students," Denson says about the decisions his administration will have to make under Governor Terry Branstad's proposed budget cuts. …"
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Leaning Tower of Pizza serves up slices at DMACC student center
Des Moines Register
"For 15 years, Kevin Harrington has owned and operated a popular local pizzeria in Uptown Ankeny: Leaning Tower of Pizza. When he realized that the opposite side of Ankeny and its pizza-loving college students were underserved, he decided to open a second location on that half of town. “When you look at the growth of DMACC and the Ankeny community, this is just another way to help serve that area,” Harrington said. …"
Thursday, January 12, 2017
DMACC Set to Open New Aquatic and Wellness Center in February
"It’s been five years in the making and the new Trail Point Aquatic and Wellness Center is almost ready to open. “I tell you, it’s breathtaking. It’s going to be a great facility for our students,” said Rob Denson, president of Des Moines Area Community Colleges Officially, the doors to the new Trail Point Aquatic and Wellness Center won’t open until next month, but it’s been quite a journey to even get to this point. …"
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
W.D.M. to review complaint process after sexual discrimination settlements
Des Moines Register
"The city will work with DMACC Business Resources — a consulting arm of the Ankeny-based community college — to evaluate its employee complaint process and look for ways to improve communication. …"
Saturday, January 07, 2017
'I have the United Nations in my room,' ESL teacher says
Des Moines Register
"DMACC English as a Second Language teacher Vidal Spaine helps immigrants from around the world assimilate in Des Moines. He's grateful for the …"
December 2016
Friday, December 23, 2016
An academic approach to the Christmas plant
"Randall Vos, DMACC Horticulture Department: “Blooms naturally around Christmastime which made it a good fit for the holidays, blooms based on ... …"
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
DMACC, Safety Council to offer safety program management certificate
Business Record
"Des Moines Area Community College has partnered with the Iowa Illinois Safety Council to offer a certificate program in Essentials of Safety Program Management. The training is designed for organizations looking to develop a defined safety program, new safety committee members, …"
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
DeHart Named Provost Of DMACC Newton Campus
"Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) has named Dr. Joe DeHart the new Provost of their Newton campus. DeHart is currently DMACC’s Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness, where he oversees accreditation, assessment of academic programs, research and strategic planning. …"
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Newton Daily News
"Having access to the Newton DMACC campus has helped in “unbelievable ways.” High school instructors who are approved by DMACC can provide …"
Monday, December 19, 2016
'Broke, Busted and Disgusted,' filmed in Iowa, now streaming
Cedar Valley Business Monthly
"It includes interviews with former UNI president Bill Ruud and officials from Des Moines Area Community College and Grand View University. …"
Monday, December 19, 2016
Longtime Newton resident DeHart chosen for Newton campus provost
Newton Daily News
"DeHart is currently DMACC’s Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness where he oversees accreditation, assessment of the College’s academic programs, research and strategic planning. DeHart starts his new role as Newton Campus Provost on Jan. 3. …"
Monday, December 12, 2016
ISU students refine, present design ideas for DMACC Campus
Newton Daily News
"The wheels were turning for many Newton community leaders Friday as they listened and observed revised concepts for how the buildings and green space between the DMACC Campus and the former Maytag Corporate Campus could be effectively utilized. …"
Monday, December 12, 2016
DMACC names DeHart provost of Newton Campus
Business Record
"Joe DeHart has been named the new provost of Des Moines Area Community College's Newton Campus. DeHart, who begins his new role Jan. 3, is currently DMACC's executive director of Institutional Effectiveness, with responsibility for overseeing accreditation and assessment of academic programs, research and …"
Friday, December 09, 2016
Children decorate life-size gingerbread house during DMACC Holiday Celebration
Newton Daily News
"The first ever DMACC Holiday Celebration was a hit Thursday night as people lined up at the door before the event began. …"
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Prospective Students Invited To Learn More About DMACC’s Biotechnology Department At Virtual Open House
KCIM 1380
"Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) is using technology to open its doors to a greater number of visitors than ever before in a Virtual Open House for their Biotechnology program. The virtual event will take place online from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. …"
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Pogge-Weaver Delves Deeper Into Carroll County Housing Study
KCIM 1380
"Another opportunity is to increase builder capacity, working with builders and our local education centers, like Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), to encourage more people to enter into the building trades. …"
Sunday, December 04, 2016
DMACC To Host First Learning, Engineering, Analysis and Design (LEAD) Competition In Boone
KCIM 1380
"Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and Parametric Studios have partnered to host the first Learning, Engineering, Analysis and Design (LEAD) competition at the DMACC Boone campus on Feb. 18, 2017. This competition will bring together 3-D engineering and the importance of team building into one competition according to Arts and Sciences Associate Dean for DMACC, Kari Hensen. …"
November 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016
DMACC, Iowa Wesleyan to partner for BSN completion program
"Des Moines Area Community College and Iowa Wesleyan University this morning signed an innovative agreement to offer the first RN-BSN 3+1 bachelor of science in nursing completion program in the state. As a result of the agreement, DMACC nursing graduates will be able to complete their BSN degrees in one year online, …"