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    Des Moines Area Community College
  Sep 23, 2017
2017-2018 Student Handbook

College Communications

DMACC Website

DMACC’s website,, offers a wide variety of information about the College’s educational offerings and services.

All official communication with students will be done through students’ DMACC email address. Contact DMACC Tech Support at or call 515-965-7300 for assistance using webmail, or email

User Name, Password, & DMACC ID Number

Upon acceptance to DMACC, students are emailed and mailed their DMACC user name, DMACC ID Number, a temporary PIN (Personal Identification Number), and password. It is important for students to remember this information as it provides them access to DMACC-networked computers, the Web Info System, and DMACC coursework via Blackboard. For assistance, visit or call 515-965-7300.

USER NAME: The User Name, usually the student’s first initial, middle initial and last name (example: djsmith) is used in conjunction with a password to log on to DMACC computers and access myDMACC. If the student has a common name, then a number is usually assigned at the end of the User Name (example: djsmith23).

PASSWORD: For new students, usernames and passwords are generated upon acceptance. For returning students, network accounts are re-created one to two business days after registering for credit classes.

DMACC ID NUMBER: DMACC issues students a randomly generated identification number called the DMACC ID Number. This number is confidential and should be protected in the same manner as a Social Security number.

NOTE: DMACC personnel will send all email correspondence to the student’s DMACC email address. (Single Sign-on Portal)

Use your network user name and password to access

Sign into myDMACC for one-click access to:

  • Your DMACC Email (webmail)
  • Web Info System
  • Blackboard (online classes)
  • Office 365 Programs
  • And Special content tailored just for you


Online Courses

DMACC uses Blackboard LMS for offering online courses. For assistance with the user name or password, see the previous section in this chapter. For information about Online and Blended courses, visit the Online Learning Website at To access online courses, go to the DMACC website at Click Login in the upper-right corner of the page, then click Access Online Courses, or click Online Learning on the Navigation Bar of the DMACC Homepage, then click the Access Online Courses button. Use your network user name and password to log in.

Information Center

The Ankeny Campus Information Center (515-964-6200) provides general DMACC information, specific program descriptions and current course listings. Information can also be obtained at the Student Life or Student Services office at the Boone, Carroll, Newton, Urban and West Campuses.

Bulletin Boards

Bulletin boards are for information or announcements relevant to the College, students and staff. Items for posting must be approved, stamped and dated by the Student Activities Advisor at the Ankeny Campus, the Provost’s Office at the Urban Campus, the front office at the Boone Campus, the Information Desk at the Newton Campus and at the Concierge’s Desk at the West Campus. The Student Activities Council Advisor approves items for posting at the Carroll Campus. Items must not be affixed to glass or painted surfaces.

Student Publications

DMACC has three independent student publications: The Banner News on the Boone Campus; The Campus Chronicle on the Ankeny Campus; and The Urban Vibe on the Urban Campus. These student news organizations emphasize news, features, entertainment, sports, opinion, photography, graphic design, advertising and new media platforms. No experience is necessary. Training is provided. Opportunities to get involved include enrolling in Newspaper Production (JOU 125), freelancing or interning. Work-study positions also may be available. For more information, contact the faculty advisor at each campus or email, or

College Closings

DMACC gives very serious consideration to all inclement weather and is committed to making decisions to close the affected campus as soon as possible. Weather conditions are monitored continuously in advance of winter storms and decisions are targeted to be made by 6:00am for day classes and 4:00pm for evening classes. Students are encouraged to use their best judgment when determining to attend classes in inclement weather. If students decide not to attend classes due to inclement weather, it is their responsibility to contact their instructors.

DMACC students, faculty and staff can get campus closing information by radio, television or DMACC Alert on their cell phone, landline phone or email. Additionally, information may be found at, or by calling the following phone numbers: Ankeny 515-964-6200, Boone 515-432-7203, Carroll 712-792-1755, Newton 641-791-3622, Perry VanKirk Career Academy 515-428-8100, Urban 515-244-4226, West 515-633-2407.

Sign up for DMACC Alert by logging into to add the cell and landline numbers and email address to receive the alerts. The user name is the student’s full DMACC email address ( A password can be set by clicking the Forget User Name or Password bar and following the prompts. Call the DMACC Director of Campus Safety at 515-964-6816 with questions.