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Des Moines Area Community College

Des Moines Area Community College is a publicly supported two-year institution serving the Des Moines metropolitan area and surrounding counties. The College District includes all or major portions of Audubon, Boone, Carroll, Dallas, Guthrie, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Polk, Story and Warren counties and minor parts of 11 adjacent counties. It encompasses 6,560 square miles or about 11 percent of the land area of the state. Approximately 20 percent of the state's population resides within the district. It operates in the same geographical boundaries as Heartland Area Education Agency 11.

Des Moines Area Community College was officially created March 18, 1966, and was designated as Merged Area XI. A nine member Board of Directors was elected and formally installed that same year.
The College was established after extensive studies had indicated the need for such an institution. Leading figures throughout the College's District combined their talents and resources to assure proper planning for the College.

In 1968, the Board of Directors adopted Des Moines Area Community College as the official name of the institution. The first classes were held at the new Ankeny Campus location in 1968. Administrative and operational control of Boone Junior College was assumed in 1969 and Carroll Campus in Carroll, Iowa was initiated in 1979. The Urban Campus began operation in metropolitan Des Moines in 1972, and a new facility was constructed at Seventh and Laurel in 1980. The first classes were held in the fall of 1993 at Newton Polytechnic as a result of the cooperative effort of the Maytag Corporation, Iowa State University, the City of Newton, and the DMACC Foundation. In October 2001, the state-of-the-art technology facility, West Campus, opened in West Des Moines.

Paul Lowery was the first superintendent/president of the College. Joseph A. Borgen served 20 years as president from 1981 until his retirement in 2001. David England, was president of DMACC in October, 2001 until his resignation in March, 2003. Robert Denson became our current president in November 2003.
Van and Bonnie's First Annual Fishing Derby
Posted 05/21/07

June 1st from 5 to 10 a.m. at the DMACC Ankeny Campus.

Kids of all ages will fall in love with this FREE activity - Hook, Line and Sinker!

Come to DMACC's Ankeny Campus and fish without a license during Van and Bonnie's First Annual Fishing Derby. Prizes will be awarded, the DNR will offer casting lessons and a free fish fry will be held.
Mission, Vision, Goals & Value
MISSION: Creating opportunities for your success.

VISION: Des Moines Area Community College anticipates student and community needs, providing quality, learner-centered higher education and workforce development. Our programs and services encourage and develop career success, cultural understanding, social enrichment and life-long learning. We accomplish our mission through a process of responsible use of resources and continuous improvement.


  • Prepare students to succeed in earning a baccalaureate degree by offering transferable higher education courses
  • Prepare students to succeed by offering higher education courses in technical and occupational areas that lead to an associate's degree, certification, or diploma.
  • Through collaboration and cooperation with business and labor, prepare individuals for success in the work force by anticipating and responding to work place training and education needs.
  • Provide opportunities for high school students that include alternative high school completion programs, college-level academic and technical courses, and courses not currently available at their high schools.
  • Provide support services for students that are under prepared or have other challenges that might prevent them from being successful in higher education programs.
  • To meet the needs of our diverse population, develop partnerships with educational institutions, businesses, governmental agencies, and communities.
  • For students, faculty, staff, and community, continuously improve access to and make optimal use of current and emerging technology.
  • Provide opportunities for students and members of the community to pursue avocational interests and personal development.
  • Provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff to create and maintain a campus climate conducive to collaboration and cooperation, responsible and innovative use of resources, and a process of continuous improvement.
  • Provide opportunities for adults to complete their high school diploma.


Responsiveness - Reach out actively to serve our communities.

Excellence - Ensure accountability, quality, and responsibility in every endeavor.

Community - Exchange and communicate ideas and information openly, through collaboration and shared decision-making.

Learning - Create a student-centered environment to foster lifelong, accessible and relevant learning leading to career success.

Cultural Understanding and Mutual Respect - Value individual rights, privacy and diversity.

Innovation - Embrace change and anticipate emerging issues.

Professional Integrity - Maintain a high standard of ethics and honesty in professional activities and performance of duties.
DMACC, Des Moines Area Community College
2006 South Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023-3993
515-964-6200 or 1-800-362-2127
EEO/AA DMACC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and we encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply with us. The College shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability and, to the extent covered by law, veteran status.
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