The John Ruan Foundation has made a $100,000 donation to Des Moines Area Community College’s (DMACC) Transportation Institute. The money is earmarked for the purchase of a new advanced driving simulator. The first check was presented this week, with the remainder coming to DMACC in the spring. The new simulator is joining another version currently being used in a classroom suite that will now be called the “Ruan Transportation Virtual Driving Center.” The technology is similar to what is used in jet airplane simulators, offering the look and feel of a real semi. “We want the student’s experience in these simulators to be as close to actual driving as possible,” said Scott Ocken, Dean of Industry and Technology. “The simulator is part of a larger effort across the College to bring technology into the classroom,” he added. The simulators will be used in tandem with driver training in DMACC semis on the 10-acre concourse outside the 54th Ave. facility in Des Moines.