Photo (l to r): Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) President Rob Denson; University of Northern Iowa (UNI) President Mark Nook; and UNI alumni Jill and Mark Oman of West Des Moines
Earlier this week, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) announced a partnership aimed at helping location-bound students in the Des Moines area earn a degree through UNI. This was made possible by a $1 million “boost” from UNI alumni, Mark and Jill Oman, who now live in West Des Moines. “UNI changed my life,” Mark Oman says. “The UNI at DMACC program will bring the same advantages of a four-year degree to students at DMACC’s Urban Campus without requiring students to leave their jobs, families and community.” The UNI and DMACC 2+2 program will launch this fall at the DMACC Urban Campus in downtown Des Moines. Bachelor of liberal studies (BLS) and bachelor of applied science (BAS) degrees are already underway and they are working to develop a bachelor of applied science degree in managing business and organizations. UNI offers a bachelor of arts (BA) degree in elementary education through online and on-site courses in other DMACC campuses, including Carroll and Ankeny. The DMACC urban campus is currently undergoing a renovation which includes the construction of a new 60,000-square-foot Student Life and STEM Center, which will open to students this fall.