DMACC announces changes to course delivery for spring, summer


The Des Moines Area Community College announced Wednesday that all hands-on and lab-based classes will not resume on campus this semester, and no in-person summer classes will meet prior to July 1.

DMACC President Rob Denson said the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact DMACC face-to-face instruction and forced the decision on spring and summer classes, which applies to all DMACC campuses and centers.

“We appreciate your continued understanding and recognition that we are all operating in unchartered territory,” Denson said in an email communication to students. “We will continue to respond based on the best and latest information available.”

Denson said DMACC is prioritizing the health and safety of students, faculty and staff members in response to the latest data from the Iowa Department of Public Health, which indicates that social distancing measures will likely continue indefinitely.

Denson announced the following new DMACC course delivery updates:

Spring 2020

  • Hands-on and lab-based classes will not return to campus this semester. Students should continue to follow the lead of their instructors and check their DMACC email for guidance on the plans to complete spring coursework.
  • Face-to-face classes that have already converted to online delivery will continue online for remainder of spring semester 2020.
  • DMACC student services will remain available remotely.
  • Free shipping is available for textbook rental returns. For more information, click here.

Summer 2020

  • Registration for summer 2020 classes is open now at Summer classes begin on May 26.
  • There will be no in-person summer classes prior to July 1.
  • Summer classes beginning before July 1 will be available as online, web-blended (virtual and online) and real-time virtual. To learn more about these class types, watch this video.
  • If students have already registered for a summer class, they should check their DMACC email regularly for potential changes to course schedules.
  • Beginning July 1, face-to-face and web-blended (face-to-face and online) classes may also be available.

Denson said DMACC will continue to monitor conditions and make any necessary changes in the course schedule prior to June 15. If the face-to-face classes scheduled to begin on July 1 are unable to be held face-to-face and cannot be moved to an online or virtual format, then students will be notified in advance and refunded for any tuition paid.

“To all of our students, thank you for your flexibility and for your drive to continue your academic career at DMACC,” Denson said. “We are proud of your hard work, and look forward to helping you reach your career goals.”


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