Education & Leadership Academy

Army JROTC

Army JROTC teaches students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, and personal responsibility. The program promotes a sense of accomplishment, while instilling self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline. JROTC’s focus is reflected in its mission statement, “Motivating young people to be better citizens.”

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program gives students the opportunity to explore careers in police work, criminal law, crime scene investigation, and other related vocations. Faculty works closely with the Des Moines Police Department and Polk County Sheriff’s Office to provide authentic experience in a vibrant law enforcement community. Students participate in mock crime scene scenarios and job shadowing professionals.

Early Childhood Careers

The Early Childhood Careers program prepares students to work with children from infancy to eight years of age. Students combine classroom instruction with practicum experiences in child care centers, Head Start programs, and elementary schools. Successful completion of the second year of the program enables students to earn a national credential, Child Development Associate.

Sports Officiating and Leadership

In Sports Officiating and Leadership, students become IHSAA and IHSGAU certified officials in a variety of sports. They will have film study through industry-leading Hudl software to understand theories and movements of the sport to better understand rules and positioning. Along the way, they will have live on site training in cooperation with the other programs located in our facility performing “intermural” sports to gain experience and practice in live game situations. After students earn certification with the state of Iowa they will be placed in jobs within the DMPS District to start earning money as a fully certified official.

Urban Leadership Academy

Urban Leadership is committed to empowering students on their journey to becoming community-based activists and entrepreneurs. Based in the principles of hip-hop culture, students engage in an in-depth study of social movements shaping history and urban settings across the United States. Through the use of various mediums such as the written and spoken word, performance-based literacy, urban arts, and youth + community summits, and internships, students are given a platform to become the leaders of today.

Urban Teacher Academy

Students learn first-hand elementary, middle school, or high school career expectations and experiences through the Urban Teacher Academy. They acquire extensive field experience through tutoring, field trips, and classroom observations. There is also time set aside for internships with master teachers and guest speakers who are experts in the field of education.

“What I remember the most about Central Campus is interacting with people from all of the other schools. The instructors here were a positive influences on me because I spent a lot of time with them. As a result, I made more significant friendships because of my time in JROTC.”
Alam Ramierez – Army JROTC – Lincoln High School