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DMACC Expanding as Student Enrollment Grows

September 11, 2009

DES MOINES, Iowa - As more Iowans choose career development in the face of a struggling economy, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) is expanding to meet their needs. The college broke ground this week on a new campus in Perry. The facility will focus on education and work training, and help meet the demand for community college courses from a 20-percent increase in student enrollment.

DMACC presiden, Rob Denson, says the new facility will open up more classroom space for vocational training.

"We have students on waiting lists now for many of our vocational programs, but we need more space and it's true at DMACC. It's true at community colleges across Iowa, and across the country."

Expansions are on the drawing board for other areas of the state as well, he says.

"We have other communities, the Warren County area, the Knoxville-Pella area, where we are in discussions with them about opening career academies to service the needs of their high school students and their adults. It's kind of delivering service to wherever people happen to be."

The $3-million campus planned in downtown Perry is expected to be ready for classes by 2011. Funding came, in part, from the I-JOBS program and the citizens of Perry.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA