• DMACC Career Academy Programs 11

    The DMACC Advantage Program includes several plans of study through which AHS/ACHS students can earn concurrent enrollment credits. While earning their high school diploma they can simultaneously earn college credits while completing requirements of specific DMACC programs. Students who are removed from DMACC Career Advantage classes will receive an F for the semester, and it will be recorded on the AHS/ACHS transcript. In many cases, credits earned from “concurrent enrollment” courses will transfer to other post-secondary institutions. Each college/university establishes its own policy for acceptance of transfer credit. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the college of his/her choice to find out about their credit transfer policy. Courses listed are subject to change. Please see your counselor for more information.

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    Business Administration - 2 high school credits (per semester)
    Prerequisite: Accounting, an ACSD/DMACC concurrent business course, and an ACSD/DMACC concurrent credit technology course.
    Brief Description: Students are provided a foundation of business related courses that will prepare them for entrance in the business world. Seventeen DMACC credits are available upon completion of the Academy.
    Time of Entry: Fall entry only
    Time of Day: This program will be taught on the DMACC campus in the afternoon.
    AHS/ACHS Credits: 2 high school credits per semester. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 4 additional high school credits plus PE each semester.
    DMACC Credits: Students may earn up to 17 credits and will take the following courses on the DMACC campus:

    ACC131 Accounting I, 4 credits -This course introduces the student to the principles of accounting with emphasis placed on the users and uses of accounting information. The double-entry bookkeeping system is presented with a focus on the end result of the accounting cycle, the financial statement. 

    BUS148 – Small Business Management, 3 credits - Examines the introductory business applications and strategies needed to start and operate a small business. Topics include entrepreneurship preparation, idea feasibility, business plan content, introductory marketing, management and finance concepts for small business.

    BUS 102 - Introduction to Business, 3 credits - An overview of the ever-changing world of business. Provides information in the areas of ownership, management, marketing, insurance, economic systems and finance, as well as the role of government.

    BUS185 – Business Law I, 3 credits - Provides introductory overview of the sources of law of the American legal system, the structure of the court systems, torts, contract law and sales law.

    FIN121 Personal Finance, 3 credits - This course emphasizes family financial planning including financial statements, budgeting, taxes, risk management and retirement.

    SDV115 Study Strategies, 2 credits - Provides students with study/reading strategies for independent learning and academic success. An examination of college policies and procedures is also included


    Culinary Arts - (credits TBD)
    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior. Food Prep I & Lab
    Brief Description: This program allows high school students to begin the Culinary Arts program at DMACC and begins to prepare them to enter culinary positions with hotels, restaurants, clubs or institutions, and some select jobs in dining room service, catering or management. It will, among other things, teach students to plan the operation of a kitchen, to specialize in frying, baking, roasting, broiling or sauce cookery, to create new recipes, and to be responsible for food purchasing and menu planning.
    Time of Entry: Fall entry only.
    Time of Day: Morning course taught on DMACC campus
    AHS/ACHS Credits: To be determined. Students must schedule PE and additional courses to be determined on the AHS campus each semester.
    DMACC Credits: Students can earn 12 DMACC credits. Students will enroll in the following courses on DMACC campus:

    FALL Culinary Courses:

    HCM152, Food Preparation I, 2 credits - The study of the principles and procedures of quantity food production as they apply to salads, soups, vegetables, entrees and desserts. Emphasis in on organization and recipe standardization. Prerequisite: HCM 143, 144

    HCM153, Food Preparation II Lab, 2 credits - The production of quick breads, desserts, salads, vegetables, soups and main entrees to be sold to the public. Time is spent on an individual recipe production project. Prerequisite: HCM 143, 144

    HCM231, Nutrition, 2 credits - An overview of nutrition-related topics including the psychology of eating and evaluation of food intake.


    SPRING Culinary Courses:

    HCM100, Sanitation and Safety, 2 credits - Principles and methods of sanitation safety and equipment. Equipment selection and facilities planning. Also includes preventive maintenance.

    HCM320, Intro to Hospitality Industry, 2 credits - Course introduces students to the broad world of hospitality while preparing them for careers in the field. Discussed will be three primary areas of hospitality-food and beverage, lodging and tourism, along with an introduction to business basics.

    HCM240, Menu Planning and Design, 2 credits - This course applies the principles of menu planning and layout to the development of menus for a variety of types of facilities and service.


    Health Occupations; C.N.A. - 3 credits one semester/2 credits other semester
    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior
    Brief Description: This program is for students interested in working in a hospital, clinic, nursing home, home health agency or group home. It teaches basic entry-level skills needed to care for patients and includes additional information and hospital clinical experience. The training prepares students to seek jobs in a hospital. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be given the opportunity to pay for and take the certification exam for the 120-hour Certified Nurse Assistant certification.
    Time of Entry: This is a two-semester course – Fall entry only
    Time of Day: This class is offered both morning and afternoon on the DMACC campus. In addition to class time, students will do a practicum at a medical care facility with times and days to be determined by staff.
    AHS/ACHS Credits: 3 high school credits one semester/2 high school credits on alternate semester. Students must take a minimum of 3 or 4 additional AHS or ACHS credits plus PE each semester based on DMACC enrollment.

    DMACC Credits: Students can earn up to 14 DMACC credits and will enroll in these classes on DMACC campus:

    HSC172, Nurse Aide (75 Hours); 3 credits - Entry level skills to seek employment in Iowa skilled facilities. Meets OBRA87 standards.

    HSC182, Advanced Nurse Aide (75 Hours); 3 credits - This is a continuation of nurse aide to provide additional skills and clinical to work in a hospital.

    HSC109, Introduction to Health Careers; 3 credits - Students will discover the many options available, including roles and responsibilities in health career options. This course is designed to provide the student with the information necessary to make their health career choice.

    HSC102, Emergency Care, 1 credit - Learn to perform care for medical emergencies: fractures, burns, resuscitation, basic CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, American Heart Level II Standards) Certification.

    HSC105, Survey of Health Careers, 1 credit - This course introduces both the variety and requirements for health care careers. Basic core knowledge and professional expectations common to all health careers are explored. Workplace safety and an overview of the health system and current trends are also covered.

    HSC120, Medical Terminology; 3 credits - Students build a medical vocabulary through an understanding of anatomic roots for words denoting body structures, prefixes, suffixes and body functions.

    Note: Be aware that there are some costs associated with this program and that some class time will be scheduled for evenings and weekends. Although AHS and ACHS students pay no tuition or book fees, they will have to purchase uniform, shoes,stethoscope, etc. Students will also have an opportunity to pay for the C.N.A. certification exam at the end of the course.


    Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Digital Electronics and/or Civil Engineering - 2 credits (per semester)
    Prerequisite: ACSD PLTW courses Intro to Engineering and Design & Principles of Engineering
    Brief Description: During this program students will use computer simulation to learn about the logic of electronics as they design, test, and actually construct circuits and devices.
    Time of Entry: Fall or Spring
    Time of Day: Classes are M – F in the morning.
    AHS/ACHS Credits: 2 high school credits per semester. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 4 additional AHS or ACHS credits plus PE each semester.
    DMACC Credits: Students enrolled in this program can earn up to 9 DMACC credits and will enroll in these classes on DMACC campus.

    DIGITAL ELECTRONICS NET144, Digital and Computer Electronics, 3 credits - This course teaches applied logic through work with electronic circuitry, which students also construct and test for functionality.

    NET145, Digital and Computer Electronics Lab, 3 credits - In the context of today's computer technology, this class continues the study of digital electronic circuits concentrating on gates, counters, registers and memory through hands-on lab experiments. Also included are lab tasks involving data communications by bus structure, parallel and serial ports and microprocessors.

    CIVIL ENGINEERING EGT460, PLTW – Civil Engineering & Architecture, 3 credits - This course introduces students to the interdependent fields of civil engineering and architecture and teaches project planning, site planning, and building design using specialized computer software.


    Teacher Academy - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior
    Brief Description: This is an opportunity for AHS/ACHS students to explore careers in the field of education. Those interested in teaching or becoming a teacher’s aide will gain “on the job” experiences and more accurately determine their aptitude in this area.
    Time of Entry: Fall entry only.
    Time of Day: These classes meet 1st and 2nd periods and are taught at AHS/ACHS and at the individual school sites around Ankeny.
    AHS/ACHS Credits: 2 high school credits per semester.
    Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 4 additional AHS or ACHS credits plus PE each semester.
    DMACC Credits: Students enrolled in this program can earn up to 5 DMACC credits including:

    EDU213, Intro to Education, 3 credits - Presents a broad view of the field of education including foundations of American education, roles of teachers and students, history and philosophy and curriculum. Recommended for students who plan to major in education.

    EDU218, Initial Field Experience, 2 credits - Provides opportunity to assist in the school as a teacher aide or to assess one’s potential and interest in teaching as a career.

    Note: Students can earn credits for EDU213 if they don’t take EDU218, but must take EDU213 to earn the DMACC credits for EDU218. Students can take 218 without having taken 213, but will not receive DMACC credit. These classes meet one day per week on the AHS or ACHS campus and require internships at K-9 buildings in the Ankeny School District the remainder of the week. Students must provide their own transportation to school sites.