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August 19, 2013

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The DMACC Center opens to full classes – major donations to be announced this fall.
Less than a year after public and private officials announced plans for the DMACC Center for Career and Professional Development at Southridge, the facility opened its doors this week to a packed house.

“It’s a huge success,” said Rick Carpenter, Director of the DMACC Success Center and who also oversees college curriculum offered to high school students at Southridge. “We have many more students than we initially anticipated. We planned for 175 high school students, we’ve enrolled 240. We had to hire two full-time health sciences faculty because we have more than 80 students signed up in our Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program. Our Criminal Justice Program is also full with 60 high school students. We’re thrilled with these numbers,” said Carpenter.

Construction started on December 26, 2012 and since then crews have worked seven days a week and in some cases 24 hours-a-day to turn the 65,000-square-foot former JC Penney store into a modern, state-of-the-art educational center.

“The 219 day construction schedule is more in line with building a house than a major commercial project such as DMACC at Southridge,” added Carpenter. “But, this was well-planned and well-organized to meet our tight timeline.”

“It’s a beautiful, but practical facility,” said Rob Denson, President of DMACC. “The building is a vision for change not only in how we deliver our programs to students, but it represents the continued transformation of south Des Moines. It also demonstrates the value of public/private cooperation.”

The collaboration started when Southridge owners, Macerich, sold the former retail space to DMACC for $1. Thirteen million dollars has been invested for construction, equipment, labs and classrooms. Some major donations will be announced this fall.

The facility will also be an educational hub that includes four academic, career and educational services under one roof. “This collaboration and synergy are part of DMACC’s ongoing commitment to meet the growing needs of students, businesses and communities that we serve,” added Denson.  The Center includes:

·         Warren County Career Academy
This is an extension of DMACC’s Career Advantage Program that provides college credit and vocational training to high school students.
·         DMACC Business Resources (DBR)
DBR provides customized employee training, consulting and training programs to Central Iowa businesses.
·         DMACC Continuing Education
DMACC Continuing Education offers non-credit classes for personal and professional development.
·         DMACC Success Center
Opened in 2002, the Success Center offers credit classes to students pursuing liberal arts and sciences degrees, as well as other educational services including programs for Youth-at-Risk, Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL) and General Education Development (GED) classes.
Denson said the DMACC Success Center, formerly located at 800 Porter, outgrew its current location years ago. “Being in a mall is new to us and somewhat unique, but this offer from Macerich was a perfect solution for our need to grow south,” said Denson.

The DMACC Center for Career and Professional Development is also part of a larger development. “DMACC is an important component of our overall Southridge revitalization story,” said Scott McMurray, real estate consultant for Macerich. “We are very proud of our partnership with Rob Denson, Randy Mead, Rick Carpenter and the team at DMACC and congratulate them on this very significant milestone today.”

“The Southridge programs will allow students of all ages to enter the workforce or continue their education at DMACC or beyond. Its services will nicely complement our three metro Campuses, Urban, Des Moines, West Des Moines and Ankeny.” said Denson.

The Warren County Career Academy will offer college credit in these areas.
·         Automotive Technology and Auto Collision
·         Building Trades
·         Criminal Justice
·         Health Occupations
·         Teacher Academy
·         Career Work Experience
·         Visual Communications
·         Welding

Dr. Michael Teigland, superintendent of the Indianola Community School District, has been an active proponent of DMACC’s new Southridge location. “Vocational programs have changed so much over the years. Few school districts have the expertise and millions of dollars required to create a facility such as what we have now at Southridge,” said Teigland. “This facility will offer Warren County high school students an outstanding educational experience as they plan and pursue their career goals.”

Des Moines Councilman Brian Meyer and Polk County Supervisor John Mauro have worked together and are both strong advocates for southside development. “My hope is that Southridge will become a new community again where people come for an education, shopping or dinner. This will again be a wonderful resource for the community,” said Meyer.

Supervisor Mauro added, “Southridge is an important anchor for continued development along Des Moines’ southweast corridor. The Polk County Board of Supervisors is pleased with the cooperation and results of this exciting project. The DMACC Center’s completion is a true “win-win” for the DMACC students and community”, said John Mauro, Fifth District Supervisor.

Shive Hattery Architecture and Engineering, based in Cedar Rapids, is the design firm and Hampton Construction served as the contractor. The Success Center’s Carpenter said all of the construction parties worked well together which resulted in a quality facility.

Southridge is situated at the crossroads of Army Post Road and SE 14th Street in Des Moines.
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. As Iowa’s largest two-year college, DMACC offers 153 programs, certificates and transfer degrees, annually serving more than 75,000 credit and noncredit students on six campuses and in five learning centers. Thanks to college-wide innovation, new programs and affordable tuition, DMACC has experienced record growth and is the 15th fastest growing two-year college in America. For more information, please visit
About Macerich
Macerich (NYSE: MAC) an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.
Macerich currently owns over 61 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 58 regional shopping centers.  Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in California, Arizona, Chicago, Greater New York Metro and Washington, DC. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at
For more information please contact:
Todd Jones, DMACC Marketing, (515) 964-6242