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New Academy to Teach Working Adults Important Coding Skills

October 30, 2018

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Oct. 29, 2018) — The Greater Des Moines Partnership and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) are partnering on a new academy called Code DSM. The course is designed to help working adults learn important STEM skills to meet the demands of the workforce.

Code DSM participants will learn the basic concepts of the Java programming language and explore concepts of object-oriented programming, event handling, user interface programming and graphic techniques. Students will also gain practical experience in creating and modifying graphical user interface Java applications. The initial cohort will meet for 15 weeks, beginning in January of 2019. Weekly coursework will be blended-learning, with about five hours in the classroom and five hours online, per week. 

Those interested in enrolling in or learning more about the course can attend an information session on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at DMACC’s Urban Campus Building 1, Room 126.

“Tech talent is critical to the continued growth of all key industry sectors in DSM and it is important that we continue to expand education and training opportunities to increase the pipeline of available talent to meet the demand,” said Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President of Talent Development at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The launch of Code DSM is a Partnership 2018 Strategic Priority.

DMACC has a strong tradition of working with individuals and industries to meet training and education needs. Since 2014, DMACC has focused on the Information Technology sector, particularly developing training programs identified as critical needs by IT leadership in the region.  Code DSM was developed based on input from the Greater Des Moines Partnership, IT leadership, faculty, current students, and past students. 

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,100 Regional Business Members and more than 340 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com. 

About Des Moines Area Community College

Des Moines Area Community College, a public institution serving the educational and career training needs of Iowans, is committed to the lifelong success of its students. Situated in one of America’s most vibrant regions, DMACC offers 220 programs, certificates and transfer degrees, annually serving more than 70,000 credit and noncredit students on six campuses and six learning centers. Thanks to college-wide innovation, new programs and affordable tuition, DMACC continues to experience solid growth. For more information, please visit www.dmacc.edu.