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Brock Stillmunks, Finn Pilcher, Helena Gruensteidl

2016 Filmmakers nominated for Award from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences


Congratulations to 2016 graduates Brock Stillmunks, Finn Pilcher, and Helena Gruensteidl as their short film from their senior year, “Starfish Academy,” is nominated for the National Student Production Awards at The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Earlier this year, they won a crystal pillar at the Upper Midwest Chapter – Student Awards. They are one … Read more »

Central Campus College Anatomy & Physiology/College Genetics & Microbiology instructor Kacia Cain, member of the STEM Council,  helped launch the I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award at STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair as a past recipient herself.

Congrats Kacia Cain! MVP for Iowa STEM


The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council announced Central Campus instructor Kacia Cain as this month’s MVP for Iowa STEM. Ms. Cain sees her role within the STEM Council as one who conveys potential barriers or problems against Iowa STEM growth to a mixed team of experts who know how to take them down or find pathways around them. … Read more »


Summer Back-To-School Newsletter


Later this week, the Central Campus Summer Back-To-School Newsletter will be mailed to students’ families for the 2016-2017 school year. However, if you can’t wait – you can download the PDF now.


Summer Spelunking – A Summer Blast for Instructor Cain


College Anatomy and Physiology instructor Kacia Cain has spent her past two summers digging deep into the past for DNA as a volunteer for a team from Des Moines University – 85 feet deep in a cave in Wyoming. The Billings Gazette profiles Cain and her experiences.


IPR interview: Students Will Repaint Mural


RunDSM has reached agreement with the city to re-paint the graffiti mural. “The word graffiti carries a negative connotation, but it’s simply a style of art. We view this as a way for students to have a safe and legal space to practice their craft,” notes Emily Lang, co-founder of RunDSM. During this Talk of Iowa interview, host Charity Nebbe talks with Lang and her co-founder Kristopher Rollins.

Central Campus Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management Academy earns Advance CTE's 2016 Excellence in Action Award for Hospitality & Tourism Career Cluster

Culinary Arts nationally recognized with Excellence in Action Award


Des Moines Schools’ Central Campus Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management Academy was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Action award, which recognizes innovative and impactful Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study across the nation. Central Campus was one of eleven programs selected as an “Excellence in Action” award winner, based on its uniquely innovative and … Read more »

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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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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!

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:


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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