DMACC in the News: Headlines & Highlights

Posted April 24, 2024

Be sure to check out these recent stories that feature DMACC and members of our College community:


Carroll Times Herald (4/22/24), "Curriculum evolves for nursing program— The nursing program at DMACC is continuing to evolve, whether it’s the curriculum or new equipment for students. Collette Krutsch, the nursing chair for the DMACC Carroll Campus, said the nursing program will become a “ladder program” as of this upcoming fall semester. With this change, after a nursing student’s first year in the program, Krutsch said they will already have met the requirements for the NCLEX-PN, the exam for aspiring LPNs (licensed nurse practitioners). Afterwards, the students will have an option to complete their second year, which will give them an opportunity to sit for their NCLEX-RN, the exam for aspiring RNs (registered nurses) ... read​ more.


China Daily (4/22/24), "US youths' visit refreshes ties of several decades" — ​At many tourist attractions in China, red ribbons that bear visitors' signatures and auspicious phrases, such as wishes for career success or a healthy family, are tied to trees, handrails and other objects for good luck. The red ribbons proved popular on Saturday among a United States delegation of students from Muscatine High School in the US state of Iowa and their Chinese peers from Shijiazhuang Foreign Language School in Hebei province. The US student delegation is the second one sent by Muscatine High School this year. The first delegation visited in January. The visits are part of a program announced by President Xi in November in San Francisco to invite 50,000 young people from the US to China over the following five years for exchange and study. Students from both nations witnessed the inauguration of the China-US Friendship Youth Woods on Saturday at a park in Zhengding and planted trees, including American red maples. "I was greatly amazed by the creative idea of planting the woods. The trees will grow, and so will the kids," said William Zhang, a professor of English language studies at Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa and chair of the Iowa Sister States Hebei Committee. "I told the American students,'Don't forget to travel back here after you grow up and have another look at the trees you planted,'" he added ... read more​.


The Daily Iowan (4/21/24), "Nontraditional UI student awarded $30,000 Truman Scholarship— One University of Iowa scholarship recipient wants others to know that there is a path for everyone to higher education opportunities through personal growth. C.J. Petersen, 33, is a nontraditional third-year transfer student who was awarded the nationally recognized $30,000 Truman Scholarship. Fifteen UI students have received the Truman Scholarship since the program started in 1977. Petersen's path to secondary education was a unique one, he shared. At 27 years old, Petersen said he went to a rehab center for alcoholism and substance use. In 2021, he decided to go back to school. He graduated from Des Moines Community College in 2023 and then transferred to the UI in 2023 ... read more.

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Virginia Tech Collegiate Times (4/21/24), "A deep dive into the Virginia Tec​h program for Afghan refugees that helps teach English—​ The Center for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies is working with refugees from Afghanistan on a conversation project to help them learn English. The Female Tactical Platoon (FTP) was an all-female military group consisting of Afghani women who trained and went on missions with the United States Army. The responsibilities of these women, also called FTPs, were to translate for military personnel and work alongside them on the frontlines. When the Taliban captured the city of Kabul in Afghanistan, many FTPs left their homes in Afghanistan for the United States in fear for their lives. The original Female Tactical Platoon consisted of approximately 60 FTPs. Currently, there are 42 FTPs residing in the United States. Madina Nazari, a former FTP living in Des Moines, Iowa, has begun working toward a career in the medical field. Currently, she is applying for advanced classes to become a certified nursing assistant while living with her sister and nephew. Along with the conversation project, Nazari is also taking English classes at her local college, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). She finds the conversation project to be helpful to her struggle in speaking the language, especially due to the varying accents across North America ... read more here​.


Raccoon Valley Radio (4/18/24), "DMACC Debuts Student Collage at Perry's Campus​" — A new student collage is on display at the Des Moines Area Community College VanKirk Center in Perry. DMACC recently announced that the VanKirk Center collage is located at the front entrance, featuring pictures of students, and inspiring quotes from community heroes throughout history ... read more​.

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Carroll Times Herald (4/17/24), "DMACC Carroll Campus undergoes new, but familiar change in leadership— The torch in community college leadership has officially passed down. Earlier this month, Jen Wollesen became the executive campus dean for Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Carroll Campus, taking the role after former Provost Joel Lundstrom. Lundstrom has stepped away from the position to become the new DMACC executive dean of distance learning. Both of their positions became effective on Monday, April 1 ... read more​.​

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Greater Des Moines Partnership (4/17/24), "The Latest on Newto​n's Legacy Plaza Project— In 2016, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) received the gift of the eight buildings remaining of the former Maytag headquarters, totaling over a half million square feet. The campus is now named Legacy Plaza. DMACC accepted the gift as one of the community partners, along with the City of Newton, Newton Development Corporation, Jasper County and Jasper Economic Development Corporation to position the buildings for new use, adaptive reuse and bring them back to full value for the community. The Iowa Reinvestmen​t District program has also provided funding for the project so that Legacy Plaza can continue to be developed and updated ... read more​.​​


Agriculture Future of America (4/15/24), "​Agriculture Future of America Welcomes New Team of Student Ambassadors​" — When you experience something life-changing, you can’t help talking about it. For 40 new Agriculture Future of America Ambassadors, the excitement is familiar. AFA provides professional development and career exploration opportunities to collegiate students throughout the United States through AFA Leaders Conference and a series of AFA Leader Institutes. Trey Voeller of DMACC is one of the new AFA Ambassadors for 2024-25 ... read more.​

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WHO-TV NBC 13 (4/13/24), "DMACC Fashion Students Getting the Runway Ready for 10th Annual Fashion Show​" — Des Moines Area Community College Fashion Institute students are getting the runway ready for the upcoming fashion show. To mark the milestone this year, the theme is Midnight Metro. It is based on students experience and visit to the Big Apple. Their fashion designs and creativity will be showcased on Thursday, April 18, and Friday, April 19 ... watch the segment​.


Iowa Capital Dispatch (4/11/24), "DMACC offers resources and support to Perry Tyson pork plant workers Des Moines Area Community College is working to connect workers from the soon-to-close Perry Tyson Foods plant with education and employment resources as the college prepares for the possibility of impacts to its own programming. In the wake of Tyson announci​ng the closure of its Perry pork processing facility in mid-March, DMACC and other local and state agencies have coordinated with the city to set up resource fairs and partnerships with the goal of giving those impacted by the closure a way forward, hopefully without going too far away, college officials said ... read more.


Indianola Independent Advocate (4/10/24), "Indianola Fire Department Visits DMACC— Indianola Fire Department (IFD) firefighter/paramedics Tracy Van Zante and Joe Colby recently met with students, alumni and members during the Third Annual DMACC Fire & EMS Career Fair at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Representatives from more than 40 fire departments, ambulance services and health care providers were on hand at the event in March ... more here.​

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CITYVIEW/Winterset Living Magazine (4/9/24), "Meet Josh Jeffs: Career change provides way to give back to his hometown.— Josh Jeffs has lived in the Winterset community for the majority of his life. After graduating from Winterset High School in 1992, he attended Iowa State University but eventually left school to work full time for a local civil engineering company. Then, in 2019, Jeffs decided to return to college because it was important to him to finish what he had started years ago. He enrolled at DMACC, where he earned an associates degree, and then made the big decision to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education at Simpson College, where he graduated in 2022. Now, Jeffs has returned to his alma mater where he teaches sixth grade for the Winterset Middle School ... read more​.


Carroll Times Herald (4/5/24), "Jennifer Wollesen Named New Executive Campus Dean— Jennifer Wollesen has been named the Executive Campus Dean for the DMACC Carroll Campus and Templeton Regional Center. Wollesen, of rural Lake View, started at the DMACC Carroll Campus in 2011 serving in many leadership roles, including as a Counselor, Advisor, Housing Director, Career Advantage Coordinator and Instructor. She started her new responsibilities on April 1 ... read more.

PHOTOS: DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts Welcomes Author Sarah Thankam Mathews

Posted April 23, 2024


Author Sarah Thankam Mathews (above) shares a smile with audience members while reading from her critically acclaimed debut novel, "All This Could Be Different," on Mon., April 22nd, during a DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event at the College's Ankeny Campus.

Published in 2022, "All This Could Be Different" was shortlisted for the the Discover Prize, the Aspen Words Literary Prize and the 2022 National Book Award in Fiction, and was also named a New York Times Editor's Choice and "Best Book of the Year" by NPR.

Mathews, who grew up between Oman and India, and immigrated to the United States at age 17, now makes her home in New York City. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop​ at the University of Iowa, where she is also serving as a visiting professor this semester. ​​


Author Sarah Thankam Mathews (seated, above) signs a copy of her first novel, "All This Could Be Different," for DMACC student Olivia Cook (standing) of Des Moines. Cook, who graduated from Des Moines Roosevelt High School, is currently pursuing an Associate in Science (AS) degree (Pre-Vet) at DMACC.

Now in its 21st year, the DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts spotlights a variety of local, regional and nationally known authors during the fall and spring semesters. All events are free to attend and open to the public.


Sarah Thanka​m Mathews (above, at podium) enjoys hearing from an audience member during a DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event on Mon., April 22, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. During the hour-long event, Mathews read from her work, participated in a Q&A and signed free copies of her debut novel, "All This Could Be Different," for attendees. The novel follows follows the story of a young Indian immigrant who moves to Milwaukee, and reckons with her first job, her first love and her first real friends.

To learn more about "All This Could Be Different," click here​.


Dashae Engler (above, right), a DMACC Communications student from Clive looks on as award-winning author Sarah Thanka​m Mathews (seated) signs a copy of her novel, "All This Could Be Different," for Engler. Everyone who attended the DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event on Mon., April 22nd, received a complimentary copy of Mathews' debut novel.


Sarah Thankam Mathews (above) listens to a question during a free DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event on Mon., April 22, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. In addition to her work as an author, Mathews is also an organizer. In 2020, she founded an online community and mutual aid network called Bed-Stuy Strong​ in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Author Sarah Thankam Mathews​ (above, left) and DMACC English Professor Marc Dickinson (right), coordinator of the DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts, take a photo together at the conclusion of this week's event.

For more information about the DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts, visit

DMACC Softball Team Sweeps ILCC and NECC

Posted April 23, 2024

Bears are 36-8 overall and 19-3 in the ICCAC​

  • DMACC takes 4-0 and 8-2 decisions from Iowa Lakes CC.

  • Bears top Northeast CC 9-1 and 11-2 in two five-inning games.

  • Sophomore Courtney Donahue improves to 19-2 with two wins.

The DMACC softball team improved to 36-8 overall and 19-3 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) after sweeping doubleheaders from Iowa Lakes Community College (ILCC) and Northeast (Neb.) Community College (NECC) on April 20th and 21st at the DMACC softball diamond.

The Bears topped ILCC by scores of 4-0 and 8-2 on April 20th and handed NECC 9-1 and 11-2 losses on April 21st. Both NECC games were called after five innings because of the mercy rule.

Sophomore Courtney Donahue of Marshfield, Wis., ran her record to 19-2 with wins in the first game of each series. She allowed five hits, struck out 18 and walked five in beating ILCC and gave up one run on three hits with 12 strikeouts and a walk in the win over NECC.

DMACC, ranked ninth in the Division II poll from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), had just four hits in the first win over ILCC. Sophomore Kelsey Palmer of Cedar Rapids had two singles, sophomore Ceara Swanson of Lincoln, Neb., singled and sophomore Hannah Ironside of Swisher tripled.

The Bears got Donahue the only runs she needed in the bottom of the first when Palmer singled and moved around on a walk to sophomore Elle Nelson of Grimes, a fielder's choice by freshman Hilary Wilson of Solon and a bases-loaded walk to sophomore Campbell Kelley of Rock Island, Ill. A fielder's choice by freshman Josie McCuddin of Truro got Nelson home with the second run of the inning.

Ironside tripled and scored on a passed ball in the second and a bases loaded walk to Nelson in the bottom of the fourth accounted for the Bears' final run.

Freshman Kyleia Salyars of Muscatine had four hits, including a double, and Wilson and McCuddin had two hits apiece in DMACC's win in the second game. Kelley and McCuddin each drove in two runs.

The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the first when Palmer singled and scored on a single by freshman Delaney Milanowski of Spring Green, Wis. DMACC broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the third when Wilson tripled and scored on a grounder by Kelley and the Bears closed out the win with three runs in the fourth and three in the sixth. Ironside's sacrifice fly, a double by freshman Breanna Caffery of Bettendorf and an ILCC error accounted for the three runs in the fourth, and Kelley's sacrifice fly and a two-run single by McCuddin got their Bears their three runs in the sixth.

Sophomore Kinsley Robertson of Tiffin pitched the first five and a third innings and ran her record to 11-3 with the win. She allowed two runs on four hits, struck out nine and walked four. Sophomore Lauryn Foudree of West Des Moines pitched an inning and two-thirds and struck out four of the five batters she faced.

DMACC scored three runs in each of the first three innings in winning the opener against NECC. McCuddin paced the Bears at the plate with three hits, including a double, and Nelson, Wilson and Milanowski had two hits apiece. McCuddin and Milanowski drove in three runs apiece.

McCuddin had an RBI single, Wilson scored on a wild pitch and Milanowski drove in a run with a base hit in the first. Milanowski had a two-run single in the second and Palmer drove in a run with a fielder's choice. Wilson had an RBI single and McCuddin hit a two-run double in the third.

DMACC scored three runs in the first, one in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth in winning the second game. Nelson and Kelley had three hits apiece, including a home run by Nelson and a triple by Kelley, and Palmer and Milanowski each had two hits, including a double by Milanowski. Sophomore Keaton Frere of Andalusia, Ill., had two doubles in the win. Nelson and Milanowski topped the Bears in RBIs with three apiece and Ironside and Frere each drove in two runs.

Nelson homered, Milanowski drove in a run with a base hit and the Bears scored on an error in the first and Nelson's single scored Frere in the second. Ironside had a two-run single and Frere hit a sacrifice fly in the third and Milanowski's two-run home run, a double by Frere and a single by Nelson got DMACC its four runs in the fourth.

Freshman Macy Blomgren of Waukee got the win and is 1-0 for the season. She allowed four hits and struck out nine in four innings of work. Freshman Ellie Flanagan of Coggon pitched one inning and allowed two runs on two hits with one strikeout and one walk.

The DMACC softball team will face Kirkwood Community College (KCC) in a doubleheader on April 24th at Cedar Rapids. The Eagles, ranked seventh in NJCAA Division II, are 40-10 overall and 21-1 in the ICCAC and have a 24-game winning streak. They swept a doubleheader from DMACC April 6 at the DMACC softball diamond, winning by scores of 7-2 and 13-0.​

April 29th-May 2nd: FREE Finals Week Snacks at Ames Hunziker Center

Posted April 23, 2024

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DMACC Ames Hunziker Center students, be sure to stop by the Center's lobby next week to pick up some FREE snacks to help fuel your finals! Snacks will be available every day, Mon., April 29th, through Thur., May 2nd.

With any questions, please email Academic Advisor Katy Huston at

Good luck on your exams!!!

​DMACC Baseball Team Goes 1-3 in Games Against SECC and KCC

Posted April 23, 2024

Bears are 22-21 overall and 10-13 in the ICCAC​

  • Southeastern CC tops the Bears, 4-3, on April 19th.

  • Kirkwood CC takes two of three games on April 20th and 21st.

  • DMACC faces tenth-ranked Iowa Central CC on April 23rd.

The DMACC baseball team fell to 22-21 overall and 10-13 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) after losing three of four games against Southeastern Community College (SECC) and Kirkwood Community College (KCC), April 19th-21st.

SECC took a 4-3 decision from the Bears on April 19th at West Burlington and DMACC split a pair of games against KCC on April 20th at the DMACC baseball diamond, losing the opener, 8-6, and winning the nightcap, 6-4. KCC closed out the three-game series with a 15-2 win in eight innings on April 21st.

SECC and KCC are ranked sixth and tenth, respectively, in the Division II poll from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

DMACC broke a 2-2 tie against SECC with a run in the top of the ninth but the Black Hawks responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to come away with the win.

Sophomore Kannon Coakley of Maquoketa paced DMACC's seven-hit attack with a pair of singles, and sophomores Jaylen Ziegler and Dillon Kuehl, both of Urbandale, and freshman Jackson Manning of Keosauqua drove in one run apiece. Manning accounted for the Bears' only extra-base hit with a double.

SECC led 1-0 after the first inning and DMACC tied it with a run in the top of the third. SECC went up 2-1 with a run in the bottom of the fourth and DMACC tied it again with a run in the sixth.

Freshman Carter Woollums of Johnston pitched eight and two-thirds innings for DMACC and fell to 2-2 with the loss. He allowed four runs on six hits, struck out six and walked two.

DMACC led KCC 5-2 after four innings in the first game on April 20th but the Eagles rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth for a 6-5 lead. DMACC tied it with a run in the bottom of the inning before KCC got the win with one run each in the seventh and eighth innings.

DMACC got three hits from Manning and two each from sophomore Noah Thein of Dewitt and freshman Colin Driscoll of Waukee. Manning, Thein and Driscoll drove in one run apiece as did Ziegler and sophomores Cory Bantam of Woodbine and Camden Kaufman of Waukee. Thein and freshman Sam Hesselmann of Johnston each doubled for the Bears' only extra-base hits.

Sophomore J.C. Dermody of Council Bluffs pitched the first six innings for DMACC, allowing six runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Sophomore Eli Lehrman of Anamosa went an inning and two-thirds and suffered the loss to fall to 1-2 for the season. He allowed two runs on three hits and struck out two batters. Sophomore Max Martin of Franklin, Wis., pitched an inning and a third and walked one batter.

DMACC scored two runs in each of the first, third and fourth innings in winning the second game on April 20th.

Manning had an RBI single in the first and the Bears got their second run on a KCC error. Hesselmann singled in both runs in the third and Kuehl had a two-run single in the fourth.

KCC scored three of its runs in the top of the third and added another run in the sixth.

Sophomore Chance Key of Waverly ran his record to 6-0 with the win. He allowed four runs on five hits, struck out nine and walked two.

KCC scored a run in the second, four in the fourth, four in the sixth and six in the eighth in winning the game on April 21st.

DMACC was limited to one hit in the loss, a single by Manning in the seventh inning. The Bears scored both of their runs in the fourth when Hesselmann, freshman Kaden Frommelt of Marion and sophomore Tomas Lee of Minnetonka, Minn., each walked and Hesselmann scored on a bases-loaded walk to Ziegler. Frommelt scored the second run on an infield grounder by Kuehl.

DMACC used eight pitchers in the loss. Sophomore Jai Jensen of Clinton pitched the first three innings and fell to 0-2 with the loss. He allowed one run on two hits, struck out four and walked one. Sophomore Jake Porter of Winterset went a third of an inning and gave up four runs on one hit with one walk and sophomore Jacob Sjuts of Humphrey, Neb., threw an inning and two-thirds and surrendered two hits. Sophomore Thomas Leiden of Omaha, Neb., also pitched an inning and two-thirds and allowed four runs on four hits with one strikeout and two walks. Freshman Bobby Uthe of Ames gave up two runs and walked the only two batters he faced and sophomore Zach Kain of Urbandale allowed three runs on one hit in two-thirds of an inning. He struck out two batters and walked one. Sophomore Jaqson Tejada of Marion closed out the game with one-third of an inning on the mound. He allowed two hits and struck out one.

The DMACC baseball team will face Iowa Central Community College (ICCC) in a single game on April 23rd at the DMACC baseball diamond. The Tritons, ranked seventh in NJCAA Division II, are 36-9 overall and 14-9 in the ICCAC. They split a two-game series with DMACC on March 19th at Fort Dodge, losing the opener, 11-9, in 10 innings and winning the second game, 5-3.​

DMACC Honors Program Accepting Applications for Summer 2024 & Fall 2024 Terms

Posted April 22, 2024

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The DMACC Honors Program​ is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2024 term (apply by May 8th) and Fall 2024 term (apply by Aug. 14th) here at DMACC! The program application is located online at

The DMACC Honors program is a space for students who are looking for opportunities to push themselves, expand their boundaries and achieve more during college. Students who strive for excellence and hold themselves to a high academic standard are a great fit for this program, and will finish the program better prepared to enter the workforce and/or continue on to a four-year college or university.​

The benefits of participating in the DMACC Honors program include:

  • ​​Save money: Get up to three (3) credits reimbursed per semester! 

  • ​One-on-one support: Receive access to a dedicated Honors Advisor at your DMACC campus.

  • Early registration: DMACC Honors students get to register for classes early, which is especially helpful for classes that fill up quickly!

  • Honors Seminar courses are tuition-waived: All we ask is that you pass the class with a B or higher (which is easy!).​

For a full list of benefits, be sure to visit the Prospective Honors Students section on the DMACC Honors webpage.​

Application requirements are:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.

  • Submit a Letter of Recommendation, preferably from an academic source.

  • Write an application essay (essay prompt can be found on the DMACC Honors webpage).

  • Submit your transcripts (if you are a current DMACC student, we already have them!).

  • For the summer term, apply by May 8th, and for the fall term, apply by August 14th (the application is located online)​.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email DMACC Honors Program Director Dr. Laurie Linhart at or Honors Program Assistant Alex Bormann at

PHOTOS: DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts Welcomes Acclaimed Poets Danez Smith & Kwame Dawes

Posted April 22, 2024


DMACC English Professor Marc Dickinson (above) welcomes attendees to a DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts​ event featuring award-winning poets Danez Smith and Kwame Dawes​ on Mon., April 15th, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Now in its 21st year, the DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts brings a variety of prominent authors to campus throughout the academic year. All events are free and open to the public.


Poet Danez Smith (above) reads a poem from their critically acclaimed "Homie: Poems" collection (Graywolf Press, 2020) during a DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event on Mon., April 15th, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. "Homie: Poems​" explores the saving grace of friendship and was a 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry finalist. Smith is also the author of "Don't Call Us Dead​" (Graywolf Press, 2017), which circles their Black, queer and HIV-positive status, and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. Smith lives in Minneapolis.


Dashae Engler (left), a DMACC Communications student from Clive, takes a photo with poet Danez Smith on Mon., April 15th, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Smith signed free copies of their "Homie: Poems" poetry collection for all attendees after reading from their work and participating in a Q&A with audiences members. 


Chris Morales (standing), a DMACC Theatre-Transfer student from Perry, talks with poet Danez Smith on Mon., April 15th, following a DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Morales said he was excited to meet Smith in person after recently their poetry in one of his DMACC courses.


Kwame Dawes​ (above), the author of 20 books of poetry and numerous other books of fiction, criticism and essays, reads from his work during a DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event on Mon., April 15th, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. 

Dawes, who was born in Ghana and moved to Jamaica at age nine when his father, Neville Dawes, became the Deputy Director of the Institute of Jamaica, was recently named the new Poet Laureate of Jamaica (read more here). Dawes is also a Chancellor's Professor of English and Editor-in-Chief of Prairie Schooner at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a faculty member of Cave Canem Foundation, and a teacher in the Pacific MFA program in Ore​gon.​


Keonna DenAdel (left, foreground), a DMACC English-Transfer major from Ames, chats with poet Kwame Dawes (seated) after receiving a signed copy of Dawes' "Nebraska​" poetry collection during a DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event on Mon., April 15th, at the College's Ankeny Campus. DenAdel plans to study journalism at Iowa State University after graduating from DMACC.


DMACC English Professor Marc Dickinson (left), who coordinates the DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts, joins visiting poets Danez Smith (center) and Kwame Dawes (right) for a photo on Mon., April 15th, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Smith and Dawes read from their work, participated in a Q&A with audience members and signed free copies of their books during an hour-long event on campus. Both poets also participated in a second DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event at Beaverdale Books in Des Moines.

To learn more about the DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts, visit​.

PHOTOS: DMACC Fashion Institute Holds 10th Annual Fashion Show

Posted April 22, 2024


Former DMACC student Alexander Solla (seated) of Johnston has her hair curled by former DMACC student Jessie Smith of Ankeny prior to the start of the DMACC Fashion Institute's 10th Annual Fashion Show on Thur., April 18th, at the Black Box Theatre on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. The celebration featured a total of three runway shows, held April 18th-19th, and a "Midnight Metro" theme that was inspired by New York City's subway system. 

Students presented their design creations across four categories: Cut and Sew, Styled, ​Reworked and Avant-Garde.​ 

  • ​​Cut and Sew: In this category, the art of cutting and sewing fashion is highlighted. Each ensemble is a testament to the skills and precision of the sewist from pattern drafting to final construction details.   

  • Styled: This category places emphasis on the skill and creativity of fashion styling. Each ensemble is a testament to the art of pairing garments, accessories and make-up to create cohesive and captivating looks.     

  • Reworked: This category celebrates the ingenuity of upcycled fashion. Each ensemble tells a story of transformation, breathing new life into forgotten garments and materials.

  • Avant-Garde​: In this category, students put their imagination and creativity on display. From daring silhouettes to unconventional materials, each ensemble pushes the boundaries of traditional fashion.

Photos courtesy of Andrea Montes Melendez


​Former DMACC student Caitlynn Bell (seated) of Pleasant Hill has her hair curled by Elizabeth Dealba of Des Moines.


​Diggi Smith of Coralville poses for a photo prior to the start of the fashion show.


Set designers Joanna Rangel-Bello (left) of Des Moines and Rosio Lugo of Des Moines add a coat of paint to the set in the Black Box Theatre. Both are second-year Fashion Design students.


Adison Lipova (left) from Aveda Institute Des Moines applies make-up to Ayla Esperanza of Des Moines.


First-year DMACC Fashion Career Academy student Caeden DeBruin (right) of Ankeny adjusts the outfit of his model, Ankeny High School student Caden Bahe of Ankeny.  


A group of five models listen to instructions prior to the start of the 10th Annual DFI Fashion Show The models include (left to right) Hannah Ryan of Waukee, Courtney Dunn of Urbandale, Grace Carlson of Urbandale, Amana Fay of Ankeny and Stacia Hammes of Des Moines.


Hope Johnson, a first-year DMACC Fashion student from Ankeny, poses in a “Strawberry Shortcake" outfit. Sal Ludwig is the designer for this outfit, which is under the styled category. 


Designer Joanna Rangel-Bello (left) of Des Moines adjusts the “water bottle dress" worn by model Abby Davis, a second-year DMACC Associate General Studies student, while Rangel-Bello's mom Maria looks on. (Joanna's mom is wearing another one of Joanna's designs. 


Fashion show models Béla Brookes (left to right) of Polk City, Samantha Huynh of Ames and Lily Inthalangsy of Ankeny pose for a photo. All are wearing designs by Addy Kaster.​


Second-year DMACC Liberal Arts student Kathy Dang of Des Moines models the outfit designed by Sal Ludwig, not photographed.​


​Grand View University student Molly Trumblee of Hazelton models an outfit entered in the reworked category.


Kyla Hammond (left to right), Taryn Hill and Mirabella Oldenburger pose prior to walking down the runway on Thur., April 18th, at the Black Box Theatre on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Hammond is not a DMACC student; however, Hill is a first-year DMACC Business student and Oldenburger is enrolled in DMACC's Fashion Styling program.


Some of the male models pose for a photo. They are Bernard Farley, a second-year DMACC Fashion Styling student from Ankeny; Zeke Wolee, a first-year DMACC Cybersecurity student originally from Sioux Falls and now living in Ankeny; Ankeny High School student Caden Bahe of Ankeny; Ankeny Centennial High School student Oscar Anderson of Ankeny; first-year DMACC Career Advantage Fashion Academy student Caeden DeBruin of Ankeny; and Kelly Burch, a volunteer model from Des Moines.


First-year DMACC Fashion Design student Nyiel Mayen (left) and Steven Paye (right) of Waukee help model Chol Chuol of Waukee with her outfit. 


First-year DMACC Fashion student Quinn Matzen of Des Moines models the outfit she calls “Capitalist Couture" and designed for the Fashion Gala.


Model Joe Kimball of Ankeny poses in his avant-garde outfit.


Aiyanna Mitchell of Des Moines poses in the outfit designed by Addison Kaster. 


First-year DMACC Career Advantage Fashion Academy ​student Emma Beeck (right) of Ankeny makes sure her design of “the picnic basket" modeled by Gillian Lunde of Ankeny, looks just right. The outfit is listed under the avant-garde category.


Designer Sage Bissett, a first-year DMACC Psychology student from Altoona, makes an adjustment to the “Burrrrr" outfit worn by model Sidney Hall, a DMACC Liberal Arts & Animal Science student from Altoona. The outfit is listed in the cut and sew category.


Adrian Dre of Ankeny poses in an outfit listed under the avant-garde category.


​First-year DMACC Culinary Arts student Saaliyah Singleton smiles as she poses in an outfit titled “Mari-Po" designed by Alex Vargas, not photographed.


Model Serena Nelson (left), a first-year DMACC Graphic Design student from Ankeny, poses with designer Sarah Russell, a first-year DMACC Mortuary Science student from Ankeny. 


Jaya Daley (left), a second-year DMACC Psychology Transfer student from West Des Moines, gets a final look from designed Lacie Reitsma, a first-year DMACC Career Advantage Fashion Academy student from Ankeny Christian Academy.  Reitsma lives in Ankeny.


​Ella Neades, a former DMACC Fashion student from Des Moines, models an outfit under the cut and sew category. It was designed by Rosio Lugo, not photographed.


Clarice Ward (left), a first-year DMACC Fashion Design student from Des Moines, adjusts the collar on the outfit worn by Makayla Heller of Johnston.


Check out the safety pins in the hair of model Evie Armstrong of Pella! This outfit was one of eight designs by Hunter Wells of Hartford.  Dani Kasner designed nine outfits, all worn by models in the cut and sew category.   


Jillian Hicks of Des Moines poses in an outfit designed by Clarice Ward.


​Bailey Dorr, a first-year DMACC Marketing student, poses in an outfit designed by Nora Hernandez Landeros.  


Hunter Wells (left), a DMACC Interior Design student from Hartford, helps Allie Harris of Des Moines put on her gloves prior to the start of the 10th Annual DFI Fashion Show.


​Yamilet Rangel of Ames poses in an outfit listed under the styled category.


​Faith Sardou (left) from Bondurant and Sara Digé of Ankeny pose for a photo. Both are second-year Liberal Arts students at DMACC.


​Sara Digé uses a portable dressing room to make an outfit adjustment.       

The entire Fashion Show was directed and produced by DMACC Fashion Design students. Jaelie Noglo was the fashion show director; Addy Kaster was the producer; Victoria Burrell was the marketing director; Dani Kasner served as the digital marketer; Nora Hernandez-Landeros was the graphic designer; Kaylie Coggins and Jena Wright served as community/vendor coordinators; Maki Bauza-Marinez was the model coordinator; and Rosio Lugo and Joanna Rangel-Bello were the set designers. 

To learn more about the DMACC Fashion Institute, visit​.

DMACC Diversity Commission Looking for New Members

Posted April 22, 2024

​The DMACC Diversity Commission is looking for new members!

Any current member of the DMACC community —​ students, faculty and staff —​ can participate.

What is the DMACC Diversity Commission? 

MissionThe Diversity Commission was developed to provide diversity awareness and to increase full recognition and appreciation of human value. The Diversity Commission actively advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of institutional life.  

Vision: The Diversity Commission assists in creating a culture in which all people are valued and supported, and celebrates the similarities and differences among us. In doing so, we help prepare the DMACC community to live, learn and work together in a global society.  

What members do: Members of the DMACC Diversity Commission provide input and support on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across DMACC. We host events, promote training, provide financial awards to students, curate resources, and learn about the diverse members of our college community.  

What is the commitment? 

  • ​Members attend an all-Commission meeting, held once a month for approximately 90 minutes. Meeting schedules will be decided prior to each term based on the availability of the majority of the members and leadership team. 

  • Members also sit on at least one Commission subcommittee (such as Student Services, Events/Partnerships, Awards, and Curriculum), attend Commission events, and promote the work of the Commission. The total time commitment is around five hours per month. 

  • Members serve a 3-year term on the Commission (note: students may serve a shorter term based on their time at DMACC). If you join the Commission, your term will begin June 2024. You will be invited to any summer meetings but if you are off-contract for the summer, you are not required to attend.  

Who can be a member?

Any member of the DMACC community, including full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, full-time staff, part-time staff, and students. 

How do I become a member? 

Write a letter detailing your commitment to promoting diversity at our college and how it aligns with the group's vision and mission (see below). Send your letter and person of reference to References should be another member of the DMACC faculty, staff, or administration that can speak to your commitment to DEI. Letters should contain your name, position, campus, the name of your supervisor (or supporting reference for students), and why you want to be part of the group. Once we have received letters, we will verify eligibility with supervisors or references and then reach out to invite you to the Commission.  

* Nominations letters are due by Fri., May 3rd. *

We hope to bring on several new members from across DMACC's campuses and centers. All who are interested are encouraged to apply!

With any questions, please email

DMACC Farm Accepting Pork Orders for April 29th Locker Date & Beef Orders for Summer Locker Dates

Posted April 22, 2024

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The DMACC Farm is currently accepting orders for DMACC-raised pork for a April 29th locker date! Please note that all other pork is sold out until September. Place your pork order now nowDMACC Agribusiness - Pork Sales

Additionally, the DMACC Farm is now taking orders for DMACC-raised beef for summer locker dates. First come, first served! Place your beef order hereDMACC Agribusiness - Beef Sales

With any questions, please email Jacob Githens at

Cafe X Now Offering Personal Pizzas at Ankeny Campus

Posted April 22, 2024


Attention, DMACC Ankeny Campus: Cafe X is now offering personal pizzas from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Friday!​ 

Cost is $4.25 per pizza, with both cheese and pepperoni pizzas available.

Just stop by Cafe X in the Bldg. #5 Student Center to try one today!

With any questions, email Cafe X at​.

April 22nd: DMACC Student Life Bear Essentials Newsletter

Posted April 22, 2024

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Happy Earth Day and Earth Week, DMACC Bears! 

This week's DMACC Student Life Bear Essentials Newsletter​ features some great events and opportunities for you to get involved across the DMACC District, including a variety of fun Earth Day activities! We hope you'll check it out.

Read all about it: Just clic​k ​her​e​ to read the April 22nd edition of the newsletter.​​​​

DMACC and Microsoft Host Datacenter Academy Open House at West Campus

Posted April 22, 2024


DMACC Telecommunications Professor Jay Nickelson (above, second from left) shows the inner workings of a datacenter server during the first-ever Microsoft Datacenter Academy O​pen House​ at the DMACC West Campus in West Des Moines. Pictured with Nickelson are DMACC Adjunct Professor of Telecommunications Melanie McQuade (far left); prospective student Thomas Holbrook (center) of Des Moines; prospective student Xander Nong  (second from right) of Des Moines; and Christina Boyd (far right), a Microsoft Datacenter Technician.​

The free event, hosted by DMACC and Microsoft, was held Wed., April 17th, and more than 40 people from across the Des Moines Metro region signed up to attend. Participants were given a guided tour of the Microsoft Datacenter Academy and had the opportunity to connect with area datacenter technicians and DMACC Career Advisors.

Microsoft donated all equipment in the Microsoft Datacenter Academy's Mock Datacenter Lab​ at the DMACC West Campus. The company, an employer of DMACC Telecom graduates, operates five datacenters in Central Iowa, totaling 2.4 million square feet.​

For more information about Microsoft Datacenter Academy​ at DMACC, contact Professor Jay Nickelson at or 515-633-2455​.​


May 1st: Tacopalooza Event (Featuring $1 Tacos!) at Perry VanKirk Career Academy

Posted April 18, 2024


Join us for Tacopalooza from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wed., May 1st, at the DMACC Perry VanKirk Career Academy as we celebrate the end of the Spring 2024 semester! All current DMACC Perry students, staff and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend and enjoy $1 tacos* prepared by some of the best local taco vendors. 

​*$1 taco tickets will be limited to three (3) per person. Additional tacos may be purchased directly from the participating vendors at full price. Please note that some vendors may accept cash only.

The DMACC Perry VanKirk Career Academy is located at 1011 2nd Street in Perry.

With any questions, please call the DMACC Perry VanKirk Career Academy's front desk at (515) 428-8100.

We hope to see you there!

April 22nd-24th: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Boone Campus

Posted April 18, 2024

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The DMACC Boone Campus is hosting an Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration in conjuction with AAPI Heritage Month​!

Activities will include:

  • Professor Lisa Kaho'okele will present on the Merrie Monarch Festival from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Mon., April 22nd, in the DMACC Boone Campus Auditorium. Learn about this week-long cultural event held in Hilo, Hawaiʻi each Spring, featuring Hawaiian culture and a premier hula competition!

  • ​The DMACC Boone Campus DEI Film Series will present a FREE screening of the film "Crazy Rich Asians" at 6 p.m. on Mon., April 22nd, at the Boone Theatre (818 Story Street in Boone). FREE popcorn will be available, too!

  • The DMACC Student Activities Council (SAC) and the DMACC Boone Campus Library will host AAPI Kahoot! trivia and origami making from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Library.

​DMACC's Hilary Wilson Named ICCAC Athlete of the Week (April 8th-14th)

Posted April 17, 2024


DMACC's Hilary Wilson (above) is honored for the second time this season

  • Wilson hit .667 as DMACC won seven of eight games during the week.

  • Wilson had five home runs, 18 runs batted in and scored 13 runs.

  • Wilson leads the Bears in hitting and home runs.

The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) has named DMACC's Hilary Wilson the ICCAC Athlete of the Week for Division II Softball​ for the week of April 8th-14th.

Wilson, a sophomore from Solon, has been recognized by the ICCAC for the second time this season and she is one of two members of the DMACC softball team to be recognized this season. She was also honored for the week of Feb. 12th-18th.

Courtney Donahue, a sophomore from Marshfield, Wis., has been honored the weeks of April 8th-​14th, ​March 25th-31st, ​March ​​18th-24th, March 11th-17th, Feb. 26th-March 3rd and Feb. 12th-18th for her pitching performances.​

Wilson batted .667 with five home runs, 18 runs batted in and 13 runs scored as the Bears won six of seven games during the week.

Wilson was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, three RBIs, two doubles and a home run in a 9-0 win over North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) in the first game of a doubleheader April 8th at the DMACC softball team. She went 1-for-2 with two runs scored one RBI and a home run in a 9-1 win in the second game.

On April 10th, Wilson was 4-for-4 with four runs scored, three RBIs and two home runs in a 17-3 win over Ellsworth Community College (ECC) in the first game of a doubleheader at the DMACC softball diamond. She also went 4-for-4 with three runs scored, six RBIs, two doubles and a home run in a 16-7 win in the second game.

Wilson helped the Bears to a 10-0 win over Iowa Lakes Community College (ILCC) in the first game of a doubleheader on April 13th at Estherville, collecting two hits in three at-bats and driving in three runs. She went 3-for-4 with one run scored and two RBIs in an 11-3 win in the second game.

Wilson was hitless in three plate appearance in a 1-0 win over NIACC in the first game of a doubleheader on April 14th at Mason City and had one hit and one run scored in a 12-8 loss in the second game.

Wilson is batting .583 with a .598 on-base percentage and a 1.125 slugging percentage this season. She has 42 hits in 72 at-bats and her hits include 12 doubles and nine home runs. She has scored 25 runs and driven in 36 runs. Wilson leads the Bears in hitting, home runs and RBIs.

The DMACC softball team is 30-8 overall, 13-3 in the ICCAC and is ranked 100th in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II poll. The Bears face ECC in a doubleheader on April 17th at Iowa Falls.​

April 29th-May 2nd: FREE Finals Weeks Snacks at Boone Campus

Posted April 17, 2024

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DMACC Boone Campus students, be sure to stop by the Courter Center, Mon., April 29th, through Thur., May 2nd, to enjoy some FREE snacks that will help fuel you for your finals! Snacks are being provided courtesy of the DMACC Boone Campus Student Activities Council (SAC).​

EKD Center Hosting ServSafe® Certified Food Protection Manager Course in English & Spanish

Posted April 9, 2024


The Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families (EKD Center)​ is pleased to partner with ISU Extension and Outreach to host ServSafe® Certified Food Protection Manager courses on three upcoming dates, with two course dates offered in English and a third course date offered with Spanish interpretation. The EKD Center is located at 1171 7th Street in Des Moines (adjacent to the DMACC Urban Campus).

Whether you are a food service manager or an employee, using current best practices in safe food handling is essential to keep your food establishment in compliance and protect the health of both customers and staff. The current version of Iowa's food code requires every food service establishment to have a certified food protection manager on staff, and the ServSafe® Certified Food Protection Manager​ course ​meets this state requirementThe course includes six (6) hours of instruction, plus a 90-question exam. If you pass the test with a score of at least 70 percent correct, you will be certified for five (5) years.

The course will be offered as follows at the EKD Center:

  • ​​Mon., April 22nd, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (English), register hereregistration for this course date is now full/closed​

  • Mon., May 6th, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (English), register here registration for this course date is now full/closed

  • Mon., May 13th (el lunes 13 de mayo), 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Spanish), register here 

Cost is $160 per person, or $110 if you are a current member of the Iowa Restaurant Association. The registration deadline is three weeks before each class date and space is limited, so sign up today!

With any questions, please contact Tom Keinert at (515) 721-7824 or

May 3rd & 17th: EKD Center Hosting FREE On-Site Hiring Events With Area Employers

Posted April 9, 2024

​The Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families​ is hosting several upcoming On-Site Hiring Events, which are FREE to attend and open to the public! The Hiring Events will be held at the EKD Center, 1771 7th Street in Des Moines (adjacent to the DMACC Urban Campus). Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their resume, if possible.​

Upcoming events include:

No registration required. We hope to see you there!

With any questions, please feel free to email Career Navigator Michele Brown at or call (515) 697-1481.  

May 3rd: Spring 2024 Graduation Ceremony at Boone Campus

Posted April 8, 2024

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The DMACC Boone Campus will hold its Spring 2024 Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. on Fri., May 3rd, in the Boone Campus Gymnasium, followed by a reception in the Courter Center. A nursing program pinning ceremony will also be held in the gym following the reception.

April 24th: Pre-Finals Week Visit From ARL Therapets at West Campus

Posted April 8, 2024

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Club West invites you to join the fun as we welcome back volunteers from the Animal Rescue League​ (ARL) and their friendly ARL Therapets from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Wed., April 24th, in the West Campus Ellipse. Come pet a dog or two to reduce your pre-finals week stress levels! 

With any questions about this event, just email

April 25th & May 1st: DMACC London Study Abroad Program Virtual Info Sessions

Posted March 11, 2024


DMACC students, are you interested in spending eight weeks in England as a DMACC student?

If so, now is a great time to learn more and start planning for our Spring 2025 study abroad program!

For more information, join any of our upcoming DMACC London Study Abroad Virtual Info Sessions via Zoom:

  • Thur., April 25th, 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Wed., May 1st, 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

To attend, just email DMACC Study Abroad Coodinator Bethany Sweeney at and include the following information in your email:

  1. ​​Your first and last name

  2. Your preferred pronouns

  3. Your DMACC email address

  4. Your major/program of study at DMACC

  5. The date/time of the info session that you'd like to attend

You will then receive an email reply from Bethany that includes a Zoom link to attend your preferred info session.​​

Want more info before your session? Check out our website at​

April 26th: DMACC Choirs Present Spring Masterworks Choral Concert at Ankeny Campus

Posted March 11, 2024

​The DMACC Choirs will present a Spring Masterworks Choral Concert featuring the music of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini​ at 6 p.m. at Fri., April 26th, in the Bldg. #6 Auditorium at the Ankeny Campus

There is no cost to attend, and all are welcome!​

With any questions, please email Dr. James Thompson at​.​​

April 26th: 'Vox in the Box' LIVE Table Reading of Student Scripts at Ankeny Campus

Posted March 11, 2024

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Students enrolled in DMACC's ENG 235 (Playwriting & Screenwriting) course will present a LIVE reading of their work during a FREE "Vox in the Box" event at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., April 26th, in the Black Box Theatre in the Bldg. #5 Student Center at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Come enjoy a delightful evening filled with fresh voices and readings of short-script works from the next generation of young writers in our DMACC English, Theatre and Video Production programs!

There is NO COST to attend and all are welcome

Doors will open at 7 p.m., and reservations can be made by emailing Lee Keeler at​.

April 26th: DMACC Portfolio Day 2024 at Urban Campus

Posted March 11, 2024

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Graduating DMACC students will showcase their portfolios from 2-7 p.m. on Fri., April 26th, at the DMACC Urban Campus​

  • Graduating students from the DMACC Animation, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Video Production and Web Development programs will participate in Portfolio Day 2024.

  • The theme of this year's event is "Authentic Intelligence" and will explore the intersection of human authenticity and technology.

  • Members of the general public and creative industry professionals are invited to attend this FREE event.

  • DMACC has held Portfolio Day every year since 1972, with the exception of a year during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DMACC is proud to announce DMACC Portfolio Day 2024, a unique opportunity for members of the public, as well as creative industry professionals, to see and explore the exceptional work of students who are graduating from various DMACC programs this Spring, including Animation, Graphic Design, Interio​r Design, Photography, Video Production​​ and Web Development.

The theme of DMACC Portfolio Day is ​"Authentic Intelligence" and will explore the intersection of human authenticity and technology. The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fr., April 26th, in the Student Life & STEM Center (Bldg. #7) at the DMACC Urban Campus, 1100 7th Street, Des Moines (view campus map). 

Admission to the event is FREE, and everyone is encouraged to attend and engage with the remarkable student portfolios on display.

“These students have excelled in the rigorous demands of the programs and are showcasing their creative talents for the general public, as well as potential employers," said Michael Blair, DMACC Graphic Design Professor.

For more information, visit​

With any questions, please email Heather Purdy at

April 29th & 30th: Auditions for DMACC Theatre's Summer Production of Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'

Posted March 11, 2024


The DMACC Ankeny Theatre​ will hold auditions for its Summer Short Shakespeare production of "As You Like It" from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mon., April 29th, and Tues., April 30th in the Black Box Theatre in Bldg. #5 on the Ankeny Campus.

Performances of the play, written by William Shakespeare and adapted by Carl Lindberg, will run July 18th-27th.

Everyone is encouraged to audition!

To sign up for an audition time, please fill out the Audition Form, which can be found on the DMACC Ankeny Theatre's Auditions webpage or via the Theatre's Linktree​Walk-ins are also welcome at auditions.

Audition sides will be available on the DMACC Ankeny Theatre's Auditions webpage.

With any questions, email ​and ask away!

April 29th & 30th: DMACC Horticulture Club's 2024 Spring Plant Sale at Ankeny Campus

Posted March 11, 2024

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Mark your calendar! The DMACC Horticulture Club will hold its 2024 Spring Plant Sale from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mon., April 29th, and Tues., April 30th, in Greenhouse #4 at the DMACC Ankeny Campus (located near the TrailPoint/West entrance to the Bldg. #5 Student Center). 

The sale will feature an exciting variety of mixed annual planters and baskets, as well as perennials, shrubs and trees (no veggies this year). Payment will be accepted via cash, check (made payable to the DMACC Horticulture Club) and/or credit card. All proceeds will help fund DMACC Horticulture Club student experienced, activities and a future Horticulture Club scholarship fund.

Be sure to like/follow the DMACC Horticulture Club on Facebook​ for on-going updates regarding the sale! ​

With any questions, please call (515) 965-7310 or email​

The plant sale will include:

  • 4.5" (annuals and perennials)

    • ​Coleus, $5

    • Dahlia, $5

    • Columbine-Origami mix, $5

  • 1 gallon (agave, perennials and shrubs)

    • ​Agave, $10

    • Columbine-Origami mix, $10

    • Kobold Liatris, $10

    • Hosta "Royal Standard," $10

    • Amsonia, $10

    • Beautyberry shrub, $15

    • Wisteria vine, $15

    • Snowberry shrub, $15

  • Annual Hanging Baskets and Mixed Planters

    • Ivy geranium hanging basket, $25

    • Mixed annual hanging basket, $30

    • Ivy geranium 10" planter, $25

    • Mixed annual 10" planter, $30

    • Dahlia, 10" planter

    • Mixed annual watering can planter, $35

    • Ivy geranium/spike 14" planter, $45

    • Mixed annual 14" planter, $50

  • 2 gallon (perennials and shrubs)

    • ​Peony "Shirley Temple," $20

    • Peony, "Monsieur Julies Elie," $25

    • Beautyberry shrub, $25

  • ​​3+ gallon (shrubs and trees)

    • ​Sea Green juniper, $35

    • Hackberry, $35

    • Others as available

  • ​​​Miscellaneous

    • ​​Gladiolus "Bananarama" cormlets (6/bag). $5

    • Pansy 6-packs, $5

    • 10" and 14" agave, $25​

April 30th: Spring 2024 DMACC Retirement Farewell Reception

Posted March 11, 2024

​Please consider joining us for a fun celebration of our retiring DMACC staff and faculty members as we honor their accomplishments and contributions to the College! The Spring 2024 DMACC Retirement Farewell Reception will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tues., April 30th, at the Iowa Culinary Institute at DMACC (Bldg. #7, Lakeview Inn) on the Ankeny Campus.

We will be celebrating the following employees:

  • David Bettis

  • John Card

  • Nancy Frisk

  • Zerina Hobot

  • Cathy Spenceri

With any questions about the reception, please email Tiffany Marlow at ​

Fiscal Year-End Reminders

Posted March 11, 2024

​DMACC faculty and staff members, please be sure to observe the following dates to have items purchased, received and charged to your FY2024 budget:

  • ​April 30th: Purchase requisitions for items requiring bidding ($5,000 per unit or a requisition total over $10,000) should be submitted to DMACC Purchasing by April 30th. All other requisitions should be submitted to allow sufficient time to process the order and to give the vendor time for it to be delivered before the end of the fiscal year. Please contact Bill LaTour, VP of Operations, to coordinate the purchase of instructional and non-instructional equipment.

  • June 20th: The last day for transactions to post for procurement cards (VISA) to be included in FY 2024 will be June 20th.

  • June 21st: Invoices for payment, request forpayments, and employee expense reports need to be approved and turned into the Business Office by June 21st. Do not hold any invoices. The Business Office will ensure invoices are accounted for in the proper fiscal year.​

  • June 22nd: Due date for cardholders to approve all transactions in US Bank.

  • June 26th: Approvers approve all transactions in US Bank.

Central Receiving: Please coordinate orders with vendors to be delivered when you are available and make note of that date on the purchase order (not during break for faculty). Notify Central Receiving at x6220 when you have received an item ordered on a purchase order that needs to be paid in FY 2024. This applies to all campuses.

Other Business Office Announcements:​

  • Chrome River: Business Office will be moving to an electronic system for employee expense, travel and pcard allocation. More information and training coming soon.

  • IonWave: DMACC has purchased a software for electronic quoting and bidding, vendor management and contract management. Contact Purchasing for more information.

  • DMACC Marketplace (ESM): Our e-procurement site has more than 30 vendor catalogs with our contract pricing. Purchasing adds punchout catalogs as needed. Contact Purchasing to add a catalog or become a user of the marketplace.

If you have any questions about the above information, please email Julie Klocke, Director of Purchasing and Contract Management at DMACC, at

May 9th: Latino Family Night Event at Urban Campus

Posted March 8, 2024

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The DMACC Urban Campus will host a Latino Family Night event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thur., May 9th, in the Student Life & STEM Center (Bldg. #7) at the Urban Campus. The event will be conducted primarily in Spanish and will offer a great opportunity to explore the DMACC admissions process, academic options, financial aid and​ the abundant resources that DMACC offers​ to ​help ensure student success. There is NO COST to attend and all are welcome!

Register now: Just click here or scan the QR code above to register.

With any questions about this event, please email DMACC Enrollment and Financial Aid Advisor Alma Pesina at