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Award-winning Central Campus Café serves finger-lickin’ BBQ December 8


We are excited to serve you again, and our students have some great menus planned for this Fall semester. Get ready for finger-lickin’ goodness Thursday, December 2. We will be open from 10:50am – 12:30pm. Click on me to see the menu!


What’s Old is New Again


A couple of weeks ago Ben Molloy and his Central Campus homebuilding class removed bleachers from what used to be the Tech High natatorium. But they didn’t let all of that lumber and history go to waste. The class used the repurposed planks to build two playhouses that will go up for auction on eBay. And there’s enough wood left over to use in a full-scale house that the class is constructing near Easter Lake. Click here to read an see more.

2016 Third Place Overall JROTC National Championships

JROTC Earns Third Place in Nationals


Over 2,400 JROTC Cadets, instructors and parents attended the U.S. Army JROTC Raider National Championships in Molena, Georgia over the past weekend. Under the leadership of instructor Robert Webb, SFC (ret), Iowa’s largest Army JROTC program earned Third Place Overall in their first outing at the annual event. Our Army JROTC Red Bull Battalion 3rd … Read more »


Reclamation and Sustainability – What’s Old Is New Again


Many of you might remember Central Campus had a swimming pool. As renovations continue to advance our complex for better instruction of our young adults, one of the changes includes removing the pool. For a couple of years, the area has been closed from use and as of last Thursday, all the bleacher material from the … Read more »

Dr. Spector from DMU and Brenda Fonseca from Kemin present $20,000 in college grant opportunities for Central Campus students.

Kemin & DMU Team Up with $20K College Grants for Central Campus students


On Wednesday, November 2 Brenda Fonseca from Kemin and Dr. Spector from DMU came to present to Central Campus Neuroanatomy students that they would be partnering to provide research opportunities in Neuroanatomy with a $20,000 grants given to DMU to sponsor students from Kacia Cain’s College Anatomy and Physiology program. This three-way partnership will provide invaluable experiences … Read more »


Afghan Ambassador Visits Central Campus & Academy


Des Moines Public Schools students come from all over the world, and so do visitors to the district. Today, Central Campus and Central Academy welcomed Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Hamdullah Mohib. The former war refugee met with Des Moines Schools Board members, staff and students. Click here to learn more about the 33 year-old diplomat and his message.

Upcoming Events

Dec 8
Central Campus Café open to the public
Dec 16
Central Campus Café open to the public
Dec 23
Winter Break
Jan 10
Blocks 7 & 8 Last Classes for 1st Semester
Jan 11
Blocks 3 & 4 Last Classes for 1st Semester
Central Students have the opportunity to earn college credit thanks to our unique partnerships with DMACC.

Bulletin Board

Skilled Trades Academy Central Campus is committed to being adaptive to an ever-changing landscape of lifelong, successful careers. As part of that commitment, we are creating stronger partnerships with community and industry leaders in commercial and new home construction. National forecasts show many great opportunities over the next decade or two and beyond is in the field of skilled trades. Learn more about our vision for a Skilled Trades Academy in central Iowa.

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Central Campus Café opens while classes are in session by the Central Campus Culinary Arts students under the direction of Chef John Andres. Enjoy great food and service while experiencing a beautiful view of downtown Des Moines. Lunch is served from 10:50 AM to 12:30 PM on specific dates throughout the year. Come to Central Campus and enjoy these up-and-coming culinary artists! To “sign up” to receive the menu, please email:

Café Days Fall 2016:

Thursday, October 27 10:50am – 12:30pm
Thursday, November 3 10:50am – 12:30pm
Friday, November 11 10:50am – 12:30pm
Thursday, November 17 10:50am – 12:30pm
Friday, December 2 10:50am – 12:30pm
Thursday, December 8 10:50am – 12:30pm
Friday, December 16 10:50am – 12:30pm

We appreciate reservations because that lets us know how much food to prepare each week. If you are in a hurry, you can also pre-order your lunch so that we have it ready upon your arrival. This is especially useful for teachers in a hurry on lunch break. We will also deliver within the Central Campus/Academy buildings! Like us on Facebook at


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