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DMACC Forms Valuable Partnership with Area Businesses
Posted 6/5/2013

Nationwide, SHAZAM and DMACC work together to train students

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) works with several Iowa businesses to train students for career success.

"More than 700 people from 470 companies serve on our Program Advisory Committees," said DMACC president Rob Denson. "It's that spirit of collaboration that results in a stronger economy and students who are better prepared for the workforce."

Partnerships seeing recent success are those with DMACC Computer Information System students and local businesses Nationwide and SHAZAM.

"DMACC's Information Systems program prepares the students for our environment better than any other program that we have seen," said SHAZAM Senior Human Resources Representative Jackie Rolow.

DMACC has worked with SHAZAM and Nationwide to place several DMACC students as interns and employees. DMACC graduate Holli Whitacre is a SHAZAM Software Engineer.

"While attending DMACC I worked as an intern at SHAZAM," said Whitacre. "It was an amazing opportunity; I gained valuable experience that prepared me for a career I love at a company I really enjoy working for."

SHAZAM is an electronic funds transfer company with 375 employees in the Des Moines metro area. Nationwide is an insurance and financial services company with 4,000 associates in the Des Moines area.

"These partnerships pay off for both DMACC students and the businesses," said DMACC Computer Information Systems Chair Marvin Gardner. "This demonstrates the trust local businesses have in the skills learned by DMACC Programmers and Information Technology Developers."

DMACC also offers computer programming courses at the Nationwide Campus.

"Nationwide is facing a wave of retirements in the next few years. We need workers who know how to write code using the COBOL computer language," said Chris Hanson, Nationwide Director of Development and DMACC instructor.  "The DMACC courses help train students for a career that is in-demand."

Gardner said SHAZAM and Nationwide actively recruit DMACC programming students. SHAZAM also offers four $1,000 scholarships annually to DMACC students in the Beginning Java or Beginning C++ Information Technology courses.

DMACC offers several degrees and certificate programs in Computer Information Systems. Students can learn the skills they need to become programmers, program analysts, database specialists, network security managers and much more. Participation in these programs can lead to employment opportunities, course credits that transfer to a four-year college or university or skills that can lead to career advancement.

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