History of DMACC part II

In the second part of the series on DMACC history we will talk about the 1980s and 90s.

The 1980s and 90s brought beautification to the campus and expansions to the Ankeny Campus.

The Urban Campus was completed and students and staff moved into the new facilities in 1980.

In September 1981, Dr. Joseph A. Borgen became the second President of DMACC; He replaced Paul Lowery.

A new Administrative Building was completed in December of 1981.

Building 5 was completed in 1982. A greenhouse and classroom, for the Commercial Horticulture program was added as well. These additions brought major landscaping to the campus, which helped to make the campus more aesthetically appealing.

In 1983, college official started looking into the possibility of a campus in Carroll. That fall, the college transitioned from a quarter to a semester schedule, curriculum was also updated with emphasis on accessibility to part-time students.

Remodels of Building 6 and 16 came in 1984. During this time the library was transferred from a Randtriever system, to an Open Stacks.

The Marketing Commission was established in 1985 to monitor DMACC’s ongoing marketing efforts.

DMACC became one of two community colleges for a three-year international exchange of faculty and staff members with a Japanese University in 1986.

The Carroll Campus opened with a dedication on July 21, 1986.

1987 brought the start of construction of a 30,126 square foot addition to the Urban Campus, and the completion of a renovation of the Boone Campus.

By: Alex Payne

The Ankeny Campus opened housing for 200 students in 1989.

1990 brought two new Community Education Centers in Newton and Indianola.

Construction of the Newton Campus began on March 2, 1993.

Casey’s General Store, which was to be built on the DMACC Ankeny Campus, broke ground on November 9, 1992, the store opened on December of 1993.

In 1994 DMACC became the first college to offer a Convenience Store Operations Certificate program.

The 1997 DMACC intramural flag football team won the Iowa Flag Football Championship.

In December 1998, through a donation of 40,300 square feet of manufacturing space, a 3.2-acre parcel of land and $500,000 from Maytag, the DMACC Foundation created the DMACC Integrated Manufacturing Technology Center at the Newton Polytechnic Campus.

1998 American Association of Community Colleges/Department of Labor Workforce Development Award in the Dislocated Workers Services category was awarded to DMACC.

In February 1999, property was purchased for the DMACC West Campus.

In the third and final part of the series, we will talk about the 2000s and the future of DMACC.

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