Fareway Stores Inc. presented a $100,000 check to President Rob Denson of the Des Moines Area Community College and Tara Connolly, executive director of the DMACC Foundation.
The funds will be used to help build DMACC’s new Transportation Institute that’s currently under construction.
“The new DMACC Transportation Institute will train the next generation of truck drivers, including future Fareway drivers,” said CEO Reynolds W. Cramer.
“This profession plays a critical role to Fareway’s long term viability, and we are happy to support DMACC by investing in a new facility to provide additional learning opportunities to students.”
Fareway’s donation, along with other public funds and private gifts, are crucial to completion of the 8,600-square-foot DMACC Transportation Institute. The new facility will double the program’s current student capacity and result in a significant increase in enrollment.
The three-phase project started late last year and will include a new building and attached three-story garage, new concrete training pad and demolition of the old Transportation Institute building. The project will be completed in 2025.
“We’d like to thank Fareway for their generous donation and their commitment to the program,” Denson said. “We are thrilled to invest in the future of truck drivers, starting right here at DMACC with the help of Fareway.”
The current DMACC Transportation Institute, which opened in 1988, is aging and is at full capacity. The 12-acre concrete pad that DMACC trucking students use for training is also deteriorating and has been closed due to some broken concrete areas.
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) is a two-year institution of higher learning. DMACC offers an accessible, affordable educational experience to students.
DMACC offers 10 career pathways, which encompass more than 220 credit and non-credit programs, degrees and certificates available to students. Each year, DMACC serves about 55,000 students across the college’s six campuses and seven learning centers and through DMACC Online.
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