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Students in the IESA class, taught by Larry Beall, have declared AN END TO WINTER! In fact to get ready for this, the second year students started ~3000 prairie plants with seeds. They have set up a small greenhouse in the back of the IESA class room. The goal is to then put the mature plants in small areas … Read more »




ChildServe’s Bubble Ball is a fun and innovative event unlike anything in our community!  Animated movie characters will take the runway in the most unique bubble wrap costumes yet!  Comedian and magician Ben Ulin will emcee while the Brazilian 2wins complete the night with their special musical talents! This gala event showcases the talents of … Read more »




Today was an exciting day for our Culinary Arts program, lead by instructor Chef John Andres. Several of our outstanding students had participated in the ProStart Competition in Ames, IA. They competed in both Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management. We are proud of our students and their accomplishments!


Central’s Cain Earns STEM Teaching Award


Congratulations to Kacia Cain, an anatomy, physiology and biotechnology teacher at Central Campus, on being presented with the 2015 STEM Education Award for Inspired Teaching by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and Kemin Industries. The award is given to those who increase interest and achievement in STEM fields and careers. Click the photo to see more.

Jon Richeson

He Will Be Missed


    Central Campus has lost a well-respected instructor as well as a beloved friend. Jon Richeson was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on Saturday, February 21. His loss has radiated throughout Central Campus, the Des Moines Public Schools and the community as a whole. Since 1995, Mr. Richeson has been a dedicated staff … Read more »


Central Students Restore 1935 State Patrol Car


Click the photo to read and see how our automotive tech students are restoring an Iowa State Patrol 1935 Ford. Central Campus used to be a part of the Ford Motor Company, and 1935 is the year the Iowa Highway Patrol was founded. Thanks to support from Keep Iowa Beautiful and the Early Wheels Club of Iowa for making this opportunity possible.

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Central Students have the opportunity to earn college credit thanks to our unique partnerships with DMACC.

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The Central Campus Catalog is now available for viewing to plan for your 2014 – 2015 school year.  Download now!



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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:  Download a copy of the Café open dates at Central Campus Café Dates.

AND NOW!   We just made ordering easier for you!

All orders can now be placed through Google forms at


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