DMACC History - 1990s


  • A new voice mail system became operational on the Ankeny Campus (1990)
  • Local Area Networks (LAN's) were established on the Boone Campus and in the Business and Management building on the Ankeny Campus (1990)
  • An independent evaluation ranks DMACC's Golden Circle Business Center among the top 15 percent of such installations in the nation (1990)
  • Thanks to a grant from the Amoco Corporation, a Mobile Training Center, equipped with 14 computers, was designed to provide on-site training for businesses, industries or schools throughout the DMACC district (1990)
  • Community Education Centers were established in Newton and Indianola to expand access to educational services in these communities (1990)
  • DMACC's Central Administration Offices were moved from Bldg. #1 to #20 to permit expanded counseling/advising services to students and prospective students. (1990)
  • DMACC begins a Ford Motor Company Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) program becoming one of only a handful of community colleges to establish cooperative training programs with both Ford and General Motors (1990)


  • DMACC establishes an exchange program with the Stavropol State Pedagogical Institute in the Soviet Union (Sept. 1991)
  • DMACC Business/Management Instructor Dr. Jolyne Ghanatabadi was named the Outstanding Iowa Business Educator in the Postsecondary Division from the Iowa Business Education Association
  • DMACC's Automotive Technology programs are ranked the top automotive program in the nation by the American Vocational Association/Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association Industry Planning Council (Feb. 1991)
  • The Golden Circle Business Center, located on the DMACC Ankeny Campus, has been named one of the four best incubators in the nation by the National Business Incubator Association. (Jan. 1991)
  • A remodeling of Bldgs. #1 and 5 on the Ankeny Campus was completed, expanding snack bar space and a student area for students and providing more convenient access to support services (1991)
  • Construction on the International House on the Ankeny Campus nears completion while work is underway on the Central Administration complex. (1991)
  • Construction begins on a six-classroom expansion at the Carroll Campus (1991)


  • Construction begins Mar. 2, 1993 on new DMACC campus in Newton
  • DMACC's Automotive Technology programs are identified as one of the outstanding vocational-technical programs in the nation by the U.S. Department of Education (Nov. 1992)
  • Groundbreaking ceremony for Casey's General Store to be built on DMACC Ankeny Campus was held Nov. 9, 1992 (Nov. 1992)
  • DMACC's Child Development Center was re-accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs (Aug. 1992)
  • DMACC unveiled its new Thermal Energy Storage System on Aug. 6, 1992 (Aug. 1992)


  • Casey's opens convenience store on DMACC Ankeny Campus (Dec. 1993)
  • DMACC Newton Polytechnic Campus dedication ceremony was held Nov. 19, 1993 (Nov. 1993)
  • DMACC's Culinary Arts program received national accreditation from the American Culinary Federation Educational Institute (ACFEI) Accrediting Commission (Nov. 1993)
  • DMACC's Automotive Technology programs receive accreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) (Oct. 1993)
  • DMACC and ISU receive $2.6 million U.S. Department of Education contract to help transfer knowledge about new manufacturing technologies to small companies (Oct. 1993)
  • DMACC establishes an emergency fund for DMACC students who have been adversely affected by the recent flooding (July 1993)
  • DMACC Ankeny and Urban Campuses close due to flooding (July 1993)
  • First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala were featured guests as DMACC hosted a "Conversation on Health" forum sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (May 1993)
  • DMACC and General Motors Corporation offer Body Service Educational Program (BSEP) at DMACC Ankeny Campus beginning in Oct. of 1993 (Apr. 1993)


  • DMACC and UNI create 2 + 2 program to prepare teachers for rural areas (Oct. 1994)
  • DMACC begins Accounting Paraprofessional program (May 1994)
  • U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown tours the Iowa Manufacturing Center and Advanced Technology Center located on the DMACC Ankeny Campus (Apr. 1994)
  • DMACC offers Convenience Store Operations Certificate program, which is believed to be the first of its kind offered through a college (Mar. 1994)


  • The Iowa Energy Center's Energy Resource Station, located on the DMACC Ankeny Campus, opens (Oct. 1995)
  • The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) recommended DMACC's accreditation at the associate degree level be continued for ten years (Oct. 1995)
  • DMACC, the Golden Circle Business Center and the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce co-sponsor an Entrepreneur College (Aug. 1995)
  • The $2 million DMACC Boone Campus renovation and expansion project was dedicated the L.W.Courter Center after long-time DMACC supporter Lloyd W. Courter. (June 1995)
  • DMACC's Urban Campus Child Care Center was named the Zack Hamlett Children's Center after the initial dean of the Urban Campus (May 1995)
  • DMACC Automotive Technology students cut apart a Chevrolet Lumina, transported it up the hospital elevators and re-assembled it on the third floor of the Younker Rehabilitation Center of Iowa Methodist Medical Center so that individuals with disabilities can learn how to make transfers from a wheelchair to a car and back to the wheelchair. (Mar. 1995)


  • DMACC received a $308,598 three-year federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fund the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) (Sept. 1996)
  • Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joyce Elders was the featured speaker as part of DMACC's Women's History Month activities (Apr. 1996)
  • DMACC Electronics Instructor and Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) flagging and communication worker Brian Putzier received the Martin W. Tanner Award, the highest award SCCA can bestow, for rescuing a NASCAR super truck driver from his burning vehicle (Feb. 1996)


  • DMACC's intramural flag football team won the 1997 state of Iowa Flag Football Championship. (Nov. 1997)
  • DMACC's Foundation receives a $150,000 check from the Hector Boiardi Trust to provide scholarships for DMACC Culinary Arts students. The late Hector Boiardi marketed his food products under the trade name Chef Boy-Ar-Dee (Oct. 1997)
  • The DMACC Newton Polytechnic Campus installs 24 new Gateway Pentium 200 megahertz computers with 64 MB of RAM in one classroom and offers Beginning and Intermediate Windows 95 classes (Sept. 1997)
  • Dr. Nancy Noth was named the Executive Dean of the Newton Polytechnic Campus (June 1997)
  • Twelve students graduate from the initial University of Northern Iowa/DMACC Carroll Campus 2 + 2 Elementary Education program (June 1997)
  • The Fred L. Maytag II Auditorium was dedicated on the DMACC Newton Campus on Apr. 14, 1997 (Apr. 1997)


  • Maytag donates 40,300 square feet of manufacturing space, a 3.2-acre parcel of land and $500,000 to the DMACC Foundation to create a DMACC Integrated Manufacturing Technology Center at the Newton Polytechnic Campus (Dec. 1998)
  • The DMACC and John Deere Teams Scholar program receives the Innovative Workforce Development Award at the 1998 Governor's Iowa Industry Conference (Nov. 1998)
  • DMACC was selected as the winner of the 1998 American Association of Community Colleges/Department of Labor Workforce Development Award in the Dislocated Workers Services category. (June 1998)
  • DMACC and the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce launch the Skills 2000 study (June 1998)
  • DMACC teams with John Deere Des Moines Works to create the John Deere Team Scholars program (May 1998)


  • DMACC offers Introduction to Sociology classes over the internet (Dec. 1999)
  • DMACC and the Dallas County Farm form a partnership for the management of the Dallas County Farm located in rural Dallas County near Adel (Dec. 1999)
  • DMACC receives a $144,300 four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to pay for child care so students can attend classes, eventually graduate and find employment (Dec. 1999)
  • DMACC receives a three-year $750,696 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a large technology center in the Enterprise Community of Des Moines and in satellite centers in 10 rural locations (Oct. 1999)
  • DMACC receives a nearly $650,000 three-year Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to enhance the academic performance of disadvantaged elementary through high school students and guide them toward a professional health career (Oct. 1999)
  • DMACC's Upward Bound program receives a four-year grant worth nearly $1 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Education (July 1999)
  • DMACC announces it's starting an Architectural Millwork program (June 1999)
  • DMACC announces it's starting a Civil Engineering Technology program at the Boone Campus in the summer term of 1999. (May 1999)
  • Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack signs a proclamation declaring Apr. 12-16, 1999 as Ireland Week as part of DMACC's Ireland Year activities (Apr. 1999)
  • DMACC holds its first ever DMACC Automotive/Diesel Expo on the Ankeny Campus (Apr. 1999)
  • DMACC purchases property for the DMACC West Campus (Feb. 1999)
  • Former Senator and presidential candidate Bill Bradley tours DMACC's Ankeny Campus Advanced Technology Center (Feb. 1999)

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