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Career Academy Programs - DMACC Ames Hunziker Center

The DMACC Career Academy located at the Ames Hunziker Center offers career and technical programs primarily to high school students through a partnership with Story County's seven school districts.

The Career Academy serves Story County students from Ames, Ballard, Collins-Maxwell, Colo-Nesco, Gilbert, Nevada and Roland-Story as well as numerous students from other districts. Some of the educational programs include state-of-the-art facilities for auto collision, automotive technology, building trades, criminal forensics, culinary arts, health, teaching academy, visual communication/graphic design, career work experience, and welding. 
 

Classes Offered

These classes provide area high school students with excellent educational opportunities. All DMACC Career Academy consortium programs are one year long (two semesters). Several academies offer a second year of programming. Students must complete Year 1 before enrolling in Year 2. Registration in these courses is handled by local guidance counselors and principals.

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Programs Available

Automotive Collision Technology
This program introduces students to the highly technological industry of Auto Collision and Repair. Students will gain experience in the areas of basic shop operations and procedures, welding, painting and shop safety. Twenty-seven DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings. Completion of this program as a high school student provides the opportunity to complete the college diploma program in two college semesters.
Course # Course Name Credits
Year 1 classes offered M-F 7:30-9:30 am OR 12:50- 2:50 pm
CRR150Basic Shop Safety1
CRR325Sheet Metal Fundamentals5
CRR101Sheet Metal Welding2
CRR742Estimating Theory2
CRR841Principles of Refinishing5
Year 2 classes offered M-F 10 -11:50 am
CRR877Principles of Applications7
CRR202Plastic Repair2
CRR760Advanced Estimating2
Automotive Mechanics Technology
The Automotive Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment in the automotive service industry. This technological program allows students to gain experience with shop tools, automotive engines, brakes, suspension and alignment. Twenty-three DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Year 1 classes offered M-F 7:30-9:30 am OR 12:50- 2:50 pm
AUT111Intro to Automotive Technology I6
AUT112Intro to Automotive Technology II6
Year 2 classes offered M-F 10-11:50 am
AUT601Auto Electrical I4
AUT163Automotive Engine Repair3
AUT612Auto Electrical II4
Building Trades/Finish Carpentry
This program allows students to engage in experiential learning in the areas of Construction and Carpentry. Twenty-one DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings. Completion of this program as a high school student provides the opportunity to complete the college diploma program in two college semesters. Transportation to job site is required.
Course # Course Name Credits
Year 1 classes offered M-F 7:30-9:30 am OR 12:50-2:50 pm
CON336Care/Use Hand/Power Tools1
CON333Materials/Const. Theory5
CON337Const. Blueprint Reading1
CON338Materials Takeoff1
CON346Concrete System & Forming4
Year 2 classes offered M-F 7:30-9:30 am OR 12:50 - 2:50 pm
CON334Construction Techniques7
CON341Construction Drafting and Design2
Career Work Experience
Students will explore different career options, learn about job placement procedures and participate in a seminar that examines current work trends and issues. All students are given the opportunity to receive work experience (minimum of 10 hours/week) in various industries and businesses. Thirteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Classes offered Tuesday and Thursday 12:50-2:50 pm
SDV130Career Exploration1
SDV212COOP Career Seminar1
SDV224COOP Career Experience1
ADM259Professional Development3
ADM936Occupational Experience3
ADM221Career Development Skills2
Criminal Justice
The Criminal Justice program introduces students to criminal law and crime scene investigation and prepares them for entry into the criminal justice field. Sixteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Classes offered M-F 7:30-9:30am OR 12:50-2:50 pm
CRJ100Intro to Crim Justice3
CRJ141Criminal Investigation I3
CRJ196Crime Scene Investigation2
CRJ109Theories of Interviewing3
CRJ237Criminal & Constitutional Law3
CRJ197Crime Scene Investigation2
Culinary Arts
Through hands-on experience, students are introduced to the scientific principles used in food preparation, the hospitality industry, and fundamentals of dining and sanitation. Fourteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
Course # Course Name Credits
Classes offered M-F 7:30-9:30am OR 12:50-2:50 pm.
HCM100Sanitation & Safety2
HCM143Food Preparation I3
HCM144Food Preparation I Lab3
HCM152Food Preparation II2
HCM153Food Preparation II Lab2
HCM231Nutrition2
Health Occupations
This year-long program will provide students the opportunity to explore careers in healthcare and work toward CNA training. Fourteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
*Courses require extended lab time in the evenings and/or weekends
**This series of courses is also offered at Nevada High School 7:30-9:30 am only
Course # Course Name Credits
Classes offered M-F 7:30-9:30 am OR 12:50-2:50pm
HSC120Medical Terminology3
HSC105Survey of Health Careers1
HSC109Intro to Health Careers3
HSC102Emergency Care1
HSC172*Nurse Aide 75 Hours3
HSC182*Advanced Nurse Aide3
Teacher Academy
The Teacher Academy provides students with an opportunity to exploreeducation-related professions and take part in real-life teaching experiences. Students will spend a total of 120 hours shadowing elementary and secondary school teachers during portions of their assigned class time. Courses fulfill Level I Field Experience requirement at many four-year colleges.
Course # Course Name Credits
Classes offered M-F 7:30-9:30 am
EDU213Intro to Education3
EDU218Initial Field Experience2
SDV164Electronic Portfolio Development2
SDV130Career Exploration1
Visual Communication
(Graphic Design/Web)
Students will learn the basics of creating a web page along with computer graphics using multiple software packages. Fifteen DMACC credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings. Upon successful completion of this academy, students may be eligible to earn a college-level specialist certificate in Interactive Media for Graphic Design.
Course # Course Name Credits
Classes offered M-F 12:50-2:50 pm
GRD403Communication Design I3
GRD463Photoshop3
GRD470Interactive Media I3
GRD301Intro to Desktop Publishing3
GRD405Typography I3
Welding
This program allows students to engage in experiential learning in the area of welding. In addition to a welding skill base, students will explore the greater career field of advanced manufacturing through workplace experience. Ten credits are available upon completion of all DMACC Career Academy course offerings.
**This series of courses is only offered at Nevada High School
Course # Course Name Credits
Classes offered M-F 7:30-9:30 am
WEL228Welding Safety/Health:SENSE 11
WEL233Print Read/Sym Inter: SENSE 13
WEL244GMAW Sh Cir Transfer: SENSE 12
WEL245GMAW Spray Transfer: SENSE 12
WEL208Intro to Fabrication2