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Central Campus Cafe Opens for Spring Dates


The culinary arts students at Central Campus are ready for another season of fine dining. Join Chef John Andres’ team for their spring offerings on selective dates 10:50 to 12:30 p.m. in the Central Campus multipurpose room.

Congratulations Daniel Velez

Welders earn top marks at 2016 High School Weld Off


This week, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 33 hosted their annual welding competition for students at the headquarters on the south side of Des Moines. The 2016 High School Weld Off  puts to the task, the skills of close to 100 of the top welding students from around Iowa. This year, two Central Campus students earned recognition in … Read more »

Honoring our Retirees:
Larry Johnson
Dr. Gary McClanahan
Please join us in the Central Campus Multi-Purpose Room on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm.
Thank you,
Central Campus Staff

Culinary Arts Students Win Multiple Awards


Students at Central Campus in pursuit of culinary excellence under the direction of Chef John Andres scored some big victories at the SkillsUSA State Championships. Three students will be going on to represent DMPS and Iowa, competing at the national level at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference in Louisville, KY in June. To read more about their accomplishments, click on the image.


Public Sees All Central Campus Offers


Central Campus is throwing its doors open to the public this week during its 4th annual Block Party. The event kicked off with on Art Show on Monday and continued Tuesday with an Open House, giving the public a chance to see first-hand the many one-of-a-kind educational programs available at Central. The festivities continue Thursday with the always-popular Fashion Show. Click on the image to read and see more.


Paris? Milan? Central Campus Fashion Show


Is it a fashion runway in Paris? Milan? Nope, it’s right here in Des Moines at Central Campus. Enjoy photos on our Flickr page of the always popular, always stylish Central Campus Fashion Show. Click on the image to see our own version of Vogue and some amazing designs by our students.

Central Campus construction teacher Ben Molloy gives instructions to Devin King, a junior from North High School. (photo by Kathleen Hurley)

Anyone can build a house. Teamwork builds a home.


Kathleen Hurley continues her look at Iowa’s Premier Regional Academy for Advance Career Programs – Central Campus. This time, she sets her focus on Instructor Ben Molloy and our #BestofTheBest Home Building program as they construct a home on the south sides from the ground up. Read the Des Moines Register article (photo by Kathleen Hurley)

Upcoming Events

May 5
Central Campus Café open for lunch
May 6
Central Campus Café open for lunch
May 12
Central Campus Café open for lunch
May 12
JROTC End of YearCelebration
May 24
Last Day of School for Seniors!
Central Students have the opportunity to earn college credit thanks to our unique partnerships with DMACC.

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Review our NEW Central Campus Catalog  with all of our exciting programs. There is something for everyone here at Central Campus. If you have questions please contact our office: 242-7846.

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During our school year-be sure to tune in weekdays to KDPS 88.1FM for 5200 watts of musical variety and news from live high school DJ’s. You can also listen online by visiting  and typing KDPS in the search box. School never sounded so good!

Campus Café is operated 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 10:55 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:

Spring Schedule 2016
Thursday, March 31
Friday, April 8          Thursday, May 5
Thursday, April 14          Friday, May 6
Thursday, April 21          Thursday, May 12

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!
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From Aviation Technology to Marine Biology to Fashion Design to Urban Leadership and much more, Central Campus offers exceptional opportunities.  Click here to learn more about Central Campus.

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