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FRESH START: DMACC Southridge Location Open

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Classes are underway at the newest campus for Des Moines Area Community College.

Students began their learning experience at the new DMACC Southridge Center in Des Moines Thursday.

The location has 23 welding booths for students, making it the largest welding instruction shop in the state, but it holds much more. The center also offers a variety of classes including custom training: college credit for high school students and English as a second language.

“We’ll offer welding classes starting at seven in the morning and we’ll finish with our last class at 10 o clock in the evening,” says Rick Carpenter, Director of Program Development at the DMACC Southridge Center.

The center is in the old 65,000 square foot JC Penney store at Southridge Mall.

Construction started right after Christmas with 150 workers a day building walls and classrooms. The project cost just under $12 million.

“We’re kind of excited you know. We’re hoping to kind of revitalize the south side of Des Moines. Also I think this is a good opportunity for those residents in Warren County, this is a close convenient area for them to get their education…a good quality education, also get that career technical training as well,” says Carpenter.

The public is invited to visit the new DMACC Southridge Center. The college is holding a ribbon cutting and open house Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon.