Des Moines Area Community College

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Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) logo.jpg
Motto"Life's Calling"
TypePublic Community College
EstablishedMarch 18, 1968
PresidentRob Denson J. D.
Vice-presidentDr. Abigail Hightower
Academic staff
Students36,938 credit and 22,556 noncredit in FY 2015
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United States
CampusAnkeny, IA (Main Campus, Six total Campuses)

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.


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]
  • Chuck Connors, movie actor, graduated from Urban Campus in 1947.
  • Scott Schebler, right fielder for the Cincinnati Reds.


  1. ^ "DMACC Profile 2017 : As a Matter of Fact..." (PDF). Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Google Maps". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. ^ "The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association". Retrieved 2012-12-26.
  4. ^ "Iowa community colleges earn accreditation for concurrent enrollment programs - Iowa Department of Education". 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2012-12-26.
  5. ^ "DMACC Campuses". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Welcome to the DMACC Bears Athletics Site". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  7. ^ "1997 OJP Press Releases". 1997-11-13. Retrieved 2012-12-26.

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