Des Moines Area Community College

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Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) logo.jpg
Current DMACC Logo
Motto "Life's Calling"
Type Public Community College
Established March 18, 1966
President Rob Denson J. D.
Vice-president Dr. Kim Linduska and Greg Martin C.P.A.
Dean Dr. Laurie Wolf
Director Kim Didier M.P.A.
Academic staff
Students 36,938 credit and 22,556 noncredit in FY 2015
Location Statewide, Iowa, United States
Campus Ankeny, IA (Main Campus, Six total Campuses)
Colors Blue/White
Mascot Bear

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) is a community college in central Iowa. The college served 36,861 credit students and 22,556 noncredit students in 225 programs in 2016.[1]


Des Moines Area Community College was created on March 18, 1966. The first classes were held on the Ankeny[2] Campus in 1968. DMACC has experienced tremendous growth in the last two decades. In the Fall of 2000, 10,803 students were enrolled at DMACC. By the fall of 2011, that number grew to 25,425.


Accreditation and Board[edit]

DMACC is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[3] The College is also approved by the Iowa State Department of Education.[4] The College is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, each representing one of the nine districts the College serves.


DMACC's primary campus is in Ankeny, a northern suburb of Des Moines. The college operates six academic campuses in total:

DMACC also operates a variety of career academy and transportation programs in additional locations in Des Moines, Knoxville, Perry, and Ames.[5]


DMACC athletics[6] 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.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Bonnie Campbell, Iowa's first female Attorney General, former Iowa gubernatorial candidate, former official in the U.S. Department of Justice[7]
  • Scott Schebler, right fielder for the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Chuck Connors, movie actor, graduated from Urban Campus in 1947.


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