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Where to Put All the Community College Students?

PHOTO: DMACC president Rob Denson says construction is underway on two new facilities to house up to 1,000 students near the Ankeny Campus. Courtesy of DMACC
PHOTO: DMACC president Rob Denson says construction is underway on two new facilities to house up to 1,000 students near the Ankeny Campus. Courtesy of DMACC
July 10, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa - Most universities have dormitories for students or refer students to off-campus housing. Community colleges often do not provide housing, although they draw students from every corner of the state.

This fall, Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny (DMACC) will have two new facilities adjacent to the campus that will house about 1,000 students. DMACC president Rob Denson said the privately run facilities will save students' transportation costs.

"More and more of them are coming from greater distances around the state. They would have to have housing, and so the cost will be there, plus they're going to save a tremendous of money just on transportation," Denson said.

Community colleges everywhere are working with private industry to build student housing where it is needed, he added.

"A number of private apartments are being built around Kirkwood, Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs - a lot of your larger, growing community colleges are finding the need to have housing," he noted.

With more than 23,000 students enrolled at DMACC's six campuses, it trails only the University of Iowa and Iowa State in having the largest college enrollments in Iowa.

Richard Alan, Public News Service - IA