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Conferences are Happening!


Conferences are a great opportunity to support your student’s academic goals and career interests.  Central Campus conferences are scheduled as listed below. Thursday, October 15                       3:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 20                         3:30-7:30 p.m. Parent Portal: The Parent Portal is available to parents for access to grades and information regarding a student’s schedule.  For help with Infinite Campus … Read more »

Peaceful morning in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea. (Photo by Gregory Jeff Barord)

Searching for the Fuzzy Nautilus-Blog from Dr. Greg Barord


Part 2 of the search for the Fuzzy Nautilus with Dr. Barord and his team mates: After arriving at our hotel in Kavieng at about 10:00PM local time, we had our first scary moment. Between our team, we were traveling with about 15 pieces of luggage. After we got settled into our rooms and starting … Read more »

Gregory Barord diving with two nautiluses (Nautilus pompilius) in Panglao, Philippines in 2011 during one of the first, if not the first, in situ behavioral experiments. (Photo by Anthony Ilano)

Searching for the Fuzzy Nautilus – a Blog by Dr. Greg Barord


Over the summer, Dr. Greg Barord joined an expedition to find an elusive sea creature-The Fuzzy Nautilus. Over the next few weeks will be sharing excerpts from his blog. Click on the photo to read the first installment!


Aviation Students Checking Things Out


Second year students performing inspections as part of a 100 hour inspection on a Cessna 172RG. The 100 hour inspection is just one of hands-on requirements which students get to perform in the Aircraft Inspections class.


Central Auto Work at Concours d’Elegance


Earlier this year, we shared a story about a 1935 Ford belonging to the Iowa Highway Patrol (now Iowa State Patrol) that was being restored by automotive technology students at Central Campus. This past weekend, the car made an appearance in the Des Moines Concours d’Elegance, a show that featured an array of vintage and rare automobiles. It’s a fine example of the good work by the auto tech students and teachers at Central Campus.


Indian Hills Visits Programs


We are always excited to have visitors come to Central Campus!  Recently we had our college partner Indian Hills Community College visit both our Aviation and AgriScience programs. The students were excited to pose for photo’s while wearing their Indian Hills t-shirts! Look at the bright smiling faces from our second and third year Aviation … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Oct 15
Parent Teacher Conferences
Oct 20
Blood Drive-Career Opportunities in Health
Oct 20
Parent Teacher Conferences
Oct 23
Teacher EQ Developement
Oct 30
Grading Period Ends
Central Students have the opportunity to earn college credit thanks to our unique partnerships with DMACC.

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A revised Central Campus catalogue is being created! Until it is available please review our previous Central Campus Catalogue here! Feel free to contact our office at 242-7846 for any information you may need.



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!


During the school year, Campus Café is operated 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:

The Cafe’s Fall Café dates are here! Keep in mind this is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. Keep checking in for updates and menus!

Friday-Oct 30

Thursday-Nov 5 / Friday-Nov 13 / Thursday-Nov 19

Friday-Dec 4 / Thursday-Dec 10 / Friday-Dec 18


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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 view our Central Campus Marketing Video.

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About Central Campus


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