In continuing its commitment to lifelong learning, Iowa Public Television is proud to highlight the features and offerings of adult learning centers from around Iowa. This month the featured adult learning center is Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).
Iowa's largest community college, DMACC's main campus is located in Ankeny with other campuses in Boone, Carroll, Newton, Des Moines and West Des Moines. In an ongoing effort to bring the classroom to the student, DMACC also has several smaller locations in Des Moines proper as well as classrooms in Ames, Indianola, Knoxville and Perry. Classes are offered five days a week in the morning, afternoon and evening. You can find a class schedule, frequently asked questions (FAQ) and more on the web at http://www.dmacc.edu/success/ or by calling the Success Center at 800-362-2127 ext: 8700.
General Education Development (GED)
The mission at DMACC Adult Literacy is to help you start your personal journey to success. Students simply start class at a location and time that is convenient to them. All classes and placement tests are free of charge. GED official testing is completed at 1 of 7 test centers and costs $100. This fee includes all five tests and your GED diploma.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
DMACC offers ESL classes to help students increase their use of the English language. Students range in age anywhere from 17-70. Approximately 65% of those students were Hispanic. Some of the other predominate ethnic groups represented were Bosnian, Sudanese, Laos, Russian and Vietnamese. There are more than 10 different ESL sites throughout the DMACC district.
Strong Foundations - Adult Literacy for the Workforce in Iowa (ALWI)
Building basic core skills is the key to transitioning into college programs or the workforce. The Strong Foundations program, funded by the ALWI grant, helps students develop personal skills in oral and written communication, keyboarding and computers, resumes and interviewing, college basics and workforce programming. These courses are offered to students at no cost and help them move along career paths toward success.
Subjects: Adult Education