AMES, Iowa—The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Career Academy Hunziker Center in Ames has completed work on a 9,000 square foot expansion to its second level. The space includes a chemistry and biology lab, a computer lab, five classrooms and instructor offices.
“The new space will enhance opportunities for college and high school students, staff and faculty during the day and evening,” said DMACC Executive Dean of Program Development Randy Mead. “This completes the original footprint planned for the DMACC Hunziker Center.”
DMACC Boone Campus Provost and Hunziker Center Provost Tom Lee said DMACC is excited to be able to offer additional science classes in the new chemistry and biology lab. Lee said these courses will help DMACC and Iowa State University students meet science lab requirements.
“We listened to the needs of ISU students who enjoy taking courses at DMACC because of the smaller class sizes and opportunity for more one-on-one instruction, plus the affordability,” said Lee.
The new biology and chemistry lab includes six work stations, a fume hood and an incubator.
The computer lab has 24 computers that are open to students day and night. Lee said they can be used for school projects, research and studying. DMACC has also added multi-use space to be used for testing, English as a Second Language (ESL) courses or as a writing lab.
The Hunziker Center provides instruction that prepares students for the workforce or to continue their education at DMACC or another college. This semester DMACC Hunziker Center is serving approximately 260 Ames and Story County area high school students who can take career and technical courses including building trades, culinary arts, information technology, health care, automotive technology, auto collisions and criminal justice. Approximately 800 additional students take credit courses in those career and technical programs and liberal arts courses.
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