ISU adds support of DMACC Honors Program credits

DMACC’s Honors Program has struck a new deal with Iowa State University’s Honors Program.

The relationship between the two means that students in DMACC’s Honors Program who plan to transfer can now take six honors credits to ISU with them where they previously could not take any. This gives DMACC transfer students the opportunity to level the field with Honors students who attend ISU all four years.

This is the third year of the DMACC Honors program. Sarah Waddle, the coordinator, has said that they are working on “preserving the good things about the program, while adapting to make it even better.” The program has had 45 graduates in the last 3 years, and Waddle is very excited about the possibilities for the spring candidates this year.

A few things on the agenda this year include a trip to Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois on Nov. 7, an end of semester banquet, and a return trip to Joplin. Last year’s trip taught the students about service learning by helping to build houses after a tornado.

The Honors Program does a lot with helping students get to their next step, whether that is transferring to a four year school, or going right into a career. The career-oriented side of the program is growing quite a bit. Several students have used projects from the Honors Program to get jobs at places such as Principal and Microsoft. For transferring students last year alone, nine were awarded $40,000 scholarships to Simpson, and one was awarded a $10,000 scholarship to ISU. Other benefits include being able to sign up for classes early and get experience and help in the student’s field of study.

Students applying for the program must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, 9 or more college credits, a letter of recommendation, and an essay. Having a level of 100 or higher in math and english helps. The deadline for the spring semester is past, but students are strongly encouraged to apply for fall. More information can be found on the website at www.dmacc.edu/honors or students can email the coordinator Sarah Waddle at stwaddle@dacc.edu for questions.

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