School News

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Join Us for the 5th Annual Block Party


The 5th Annual Central Campus Block Party is planned for August 23-26, with an art show opening on Monday night, the open house on Tuesday night and the fashion show on Thursday night. Click on the headline to see the flyer with details about each of the events. Hope to see you there!

Central Campus Cafe is back!


It’s finally time for the Central Campus Cafe to reopen for Spring semester! Now under the instruction of Chef Monica Cross, please come and show the Central Campus students some love!

Going the Extra Mile to Help a Young Mother Earn Her Diploma


Try to imagine a household of eight ranging from infant to age 20. How would they manage? Impossible, right? Unless there was a heap of willingness to work hard coupled with a strong network of support.

Central Campus student gives blood.

Education, Good Deeds Converge at Blood Drive


Getting a good education and doing good deeds converged yesterday in the Career Opportunities in Health program at Central Campus. Students in the programs worked with LifeServe to coordinate a blood drive at the school. A steady stream of donors took part in the drive. Nice job by the health students at Central! Click on the headline to read more.

Central Campus Cafe- We are back and better than ever!


Menu for October 26th is out! Fall dates are here!!! Emails will be sent out a week in advance containing that weeks menu and how to reserve your spot. We are coming up with new and creative menus for you this semester!
To receive menus sign up at :

Mike Rowe visits Central Campus for Skilled Trades Academy


As quoted from Mike Rowe, “Here in Des Moines and a few surrounding counties, there are nearly 3,000 openings that require the mastery of a skill that’s in demand. However, they’re doing something here that’s actually starting to work. Local businesses have helped fund The Skilled Trades Program within Central Campus – a high school … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Apr 23
Art Show
Apr 23
5th Annual Block Party
Apr 26
Fashion Show
May 1
School Board Meeting
May 15
School Board Meeting
Central Students have the opportunity to earn college credit thanks to our unique partnerships with DMACC.

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Central Campus Café opens while classes are in session by the Central Campus Culinary Arts students under the direction of Monica Wilson Cross.


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.


Spring Semester dates are as follows:


March 29th

April 6th

April 12th

 April 20th

 May 4th

 May 10th

May 11th


Come to Central Campus and enjoy these up-and-coming culinary artists!


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We appreciate reservations because that lets us know how much food to prepare each week.

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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 18/19 school year at Central Campus.

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