• Matt McCoy




Funding will support expansion and renovation currently underway at Urban Campus

The DMACC Foundation has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Polk County Community Development Grant Program to support the Foundation’s “Building Community” fundraising campaign to modernize and expand the DMACC Urban Campus. The $24 million expansion and renovation project is currently underway on campus, including the construction of a new, 60,000-square-foot Student Life and STEM Center.

The DMACC Urban Campus is located in the heart of Des Moines and has one of the most diverse student bodies in the state. More than 5,000 credit and non-credit students are currently enrolled at the Campus, which serves students from across Central Iowa and from more than 75 countries around the world.

“We are incredibly happy to partner with Polk County to advance the ‘Building Community’ campaign,” said Anne Howsare Boyens, DMACC Urban Campus Provost. “We’ve outgrown our original building on the Urban Campus and our classrooms are full, so this project is going to give us some much needed additional space. It’s a great win for DMACC, for Polk County and most importantly, for our students.”

The first floor of the new Student Life and STEM Center will house the Student Services Department, including academic and career advising, student financial aid and student counseling. The second and third floors will house eight science labs and five state-of-the-art classrooms, as well as more faculty offices, study areas, student lounges and meeting rooms. Additionally, a welcome center will include a 3,000 square-foot flexible space that can seat up to 300 people. Outdoor gathering spaces, walkways and open green space will be part of the new complex as well.

Polk County Supervisor Matt McCoy said “DMACC is a tremendously valuable resource for our community and the expansion of the Urban Campus will further our goals of education, skills training and equity.”

Howsare Boyens said walls of the new building are expected to be up in November and many of the new pedestrian walkways will be completed before the end of the year. Once the new building is completed, Phase II of the “Building Community” project will include a renovation of the original student center built 35 years ago.

The Polk County Community Development Grant Program supports a limited number of large-scale projects within Polk County, Iowa. Community Development Grants provide funding in the range of $10,000 to $200,000.


Des Moines Area Community College, a public institution serving the educational and career training needs of Iowans, is committed to the lifelong success of its students. Situated in one of America’s most vibrant regions, DMACC offers 200 programs, certificates and transfer degrees, annually serving more than 70,000 credit and noncredit students on six campuses and six learning centers. Thanks to college-wide innovation including Continuous Process Improvement (CPI), new programs and affordable tuition, DMACC continues to experience solid growth. For more information, please visit www.dmacc.edu.


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