Des Moines Area Community College

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) is a community college in central Iowa. The college served 35,488 credit students and 29,021 noncredit students in 200 programs in 2019.[2]

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) logo.jpg
Current DMACC Logo
Motto"Life's Calling"
TypePublic Community College
EstablishedMarch 18, 1968
PresidentRob Denson J.D.
Academic staff
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United States
CampusAnkeny, IA (six total campuses)


Des Moines Area Community College was created on March 18, 1966.[3] The first classes were held on the Ankeny[4] 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.[5] The College is also approved by the Iowa State Department of Education.[6] 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.[7]


DMACC athletics[8] 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 men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's softball, and women's volleyball.

Notable alumniEdit

  • Bonnie Campbell, Iowa's first female Attorney General, former Iowa gubernatorial candidate, former official in the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Chuck Connors, movie actor, graduated from Urban Campus in 1947.
  • Scott Schebler, right fielder for the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Lolo Jones, Olympian and Celebrity Big Brother contestant graduated from Urban Campus in 1997.
  • Jason Momoa, American Actor


  1. ^ "The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System - College Navigator - Des Moines Area Community College". Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  2. ^ "DMACC Profile 2017 : As a Matter of Fact..." (PDF). Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. ^ "DMACC History". Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Google Maps". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  5. ^ "The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association". Retrieved 2012-12-26.
  6. ^ "Iowa community colleges earn accreditation for concurrent enrollment programs - Iowa Department of Education". 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2012-12-26.
  7. ^ "DMACC Campuses". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Welcome to the DMACC Bears Athletics Site". Retrieved 5 October 2018.

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