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Student-model wears a student design at the 2017 fashion show

Paris? Milan? New York? Try Central Campus!


We’ve posted nearly 300 photos from last night’s always fashionable Central Campus Fashion Show. Check out the great designs and works created by our students that are worthy of any runway in Paris or Milan or New York. Click on the headline to see more on the DMPS Flickr page.

Spring Plant Sale April 14 – June 3!


It’s the perfect time to stop by the Des Moines FFA Annual Spring Plant Sale starting Friday, April 14. Come see us at the largest student-run greenhouse in the nation: Central Campus Greenhouse & Nursery 201 SW County Line Road Des Moines, IA 50315 (next to McCombs Middle School) We have hanging baskets, bedding plants, … Read more »

Central Campus Café Announces Spring Dates


Culinary Arts students at Central Campus are preparing for another run, providing a dining experience open to DMPS staff, students and the public. Reservations are recommended for this popular experience. Click Above to see the café dates, and find out how to connect.Click here to see the café dates, and find out how to connect.

Free Skilled Trades Summer Camp for current 8th and 9th graders


Central Campus and the Skilled Trades Alliance will be hosting a FREE week long Skilled Trades Summer Camp June 12-16 for students currently in grades 8-9. The Learning Academy will be a hands-on camp for students to be introduced to building skills and create a project with industry leaders. Learn more!

Central to Launch Skilled Trades Alliance


Des Moines Public Schools and Central Campus will expand its skilled trades programs beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, creating more opportunities for students seeking employment after high school. The partnership with construction industry leaders and labor organizations creates a Skilled Trades Alliance, with the goal of creating a model program of work-based learning with hands-on applications for students. Click the photo to read more.

Central Campus Registration Underway! New for 2017-18: Skilled Trades Academy and Cybersecurity!


Central Campus provides students with career exploration and preparation in more than 30 programs. Internships, lab work and technical courses of study are part of a relevant, hands-on approach. New for 2017-18: Skilled Trades Academy and Cybersecurity!

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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. Students can sign up by clicking here for the 17/18 school year at Central Campus.

This summer we are launching a Skilled Trades Summer Learning Academy for students finishing 8th and 9th grades in May 2017. This will be an introductory experienced-based learning in several skilled trades. It will be led by industry experts, have field trips for the students and be a project driven camp. It will be held at Central Campus, 1800 Grand Ave, Des Moines, June 12th-16th, 8:00am to 3:00pm.  If you are interested in the NO COST Skilled Trades Academy CAMP, CLICK HERE !!

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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 Spring 2017:

March 30th

April 6th

April 14th

April 21st

May 4th

May 5th

May 11th

May 12th

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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