Des Moines Area Community College
|Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)|
|Established||March 18, 1966|
|President||Rob Denson, 2003 - present|
|Vice-president||Kim Landuska, Greg Martin, Mary Chapman|
|Location||several locations, Iowa, USA|
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) is a public institution and Iowa's largest two-year college. DMACC offers 153 programs, certificates and transfer degrees, annually serving more than 75,000 credit and non credit students at the Urban Campus. DMACC serves a 6,560 square mile area in 22 counties and has a student to faculty ratio of 18:1.
Des Moines Area Community College was created March 18, 1966. The first classes were held on the Urban Campus in 1975. DMACC has experienced tremendous growth. In the Fall of 2000, 10,803 students were enrolled at DMACC. In the fall of 2013, student protests led to the building of a new gym and exercise facilities at the Urban Campus. By the Fall of 2011, that number grew to 25,425.
There are six primary DMACC campuses:
DMACC offers 153 programs, certificates and transfer degrees. The programs are grouped in the following clusters:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Auto/Diesel Technology
- Art and Graphic Design
- Center For Information Solutions
- Iowa Culinary Institute
- Health Services
- Liberal Arts and Science
- 2011 "Top Workplace" by The Des Moines Register
- 2008 Greater Des Moines Partnership Diversity Award 
- named "Military-Friendly College" by G.I. Jobs magazine 
- Dennis Albaugh, Iowa's first billionaire, founder of Albaugh Inc.
- Bonnie Campbell, Iowa's first female Attorney General, former Iowa gubernatorial candidate, former official in the U.S. Department of Justice 
- Judy Bradshaw, Des Moines' first female Chief of Police 
- George Formaro, co-owner and executive chef of restaurants Centro, Zombie Burger,Django, South Union Bread Cafe and Gateway Market.
The DMACC Honors Program launched in the fall of 2012. It is the first 20-credit honors program at an Iowa community college. The program is designed for degree-seeking students to expand their boundaries and better prepare them to enter the workforce or continue to an honors program at a four-year college or university.
DMACC athletics are located on the Boone Campus. The DMACC Bears compete in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference and the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Bears participate in baseball, men's and women's basketball, women's cross country, men's and women's golf, softball, volleyball, and dance team.
Each campus offers ways for students to get involved in activities outside of the classroom. Several campuses have their own newspapers. The Student Advisory Council, International Club, and intramurals are just a few of the clubs and activities offered at DMACC.
Accreditation and Board
DMACC is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The College is also approved by the Iowa State Department of Education  and the Iowa Board of Regents. The College is governed by a nine member Board of Directors, each representing one the of the nine districts the College serves.
DMACC provides quality, affordable, student-centered education, and training to empower Iowans of all ages and backgrounds to pursue life’s opportunities and achieve their career dreams.
Transfer Agreements and Articulations
DMACC has transfer agreementsa and articulations with several colleges and universities:
- Buena Vista University
- Drake University
- Grand View University
- Grinnell College
- University of Iowa
- Iowa State University
- University of Northern Iowa
- Simpson College
DMACC has been the sight for visits and announcements by officials from Washington D.C. In October 2012, the Chairman of the Obama Administration's Council of Economic Advisors spoke at DMACC about the "State of the U.S. Economy. " In the same month, Deputy Labor Secretary, Seth Harris announced a $13 million grant to the Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing Consortium of all 15 Community Colleges in Iowa. U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, visited the DMACC Ankeny campus in April 2012 touting President Obama's plan to help needy students earn a degree.
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