News
January 24th, 2017

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.


January 20th, 2017

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!


December 21st, 2016

It’s a service project that will keep many people warm this holiday season. The Central Campus Fashion Design and Merchandising program students just finished working on their fleece hats for one of their favorite charities, Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS).


November 22nd, 2016

A couple of weeks ago Ben Molloy and his Central Campus homebuilding class removed bleachers from what used to be the Tech High natatorium. But they didn’t let all of that lumber and history go to waste. The class used the repurposed planks to build two playhouses that will go up for auction on eBay. And there’s enough wood left over to use in a full-scale house that the class is constructing near Easter Lake. Click here to read an see more.


November 7th, 2016

Over 2,400 JROTC Cadets, instructors and parents attended the U.S. Army JROTC Raider National Championships in Molena, Georgia over the past weekend. Under the leadership of instructor Robert Webb, SFC (ret), Iowa’s largest Army JROTC program earned Third Place Overall in their first outing at the annual event. Our Army JROTC Red Bull Battalion 3rd … Read more »


November 4th, 2016

Many of you might remember Central Campus had a swimming pool. As renovations continue to advance our complex for better instruction of our young adults, one of the changes includes removing the pool. For a couple of years, the area has been closed from use and as of last Thursday, all the bleacher material from the … Read more »


November 3rd, 2016

On Wednesday, November 2 Brenda Fonseca from Kemin and Dr. Spector from DMU came to present to Central Campus Neuroanatomy students that they would be partnering to provide research opportunities in Neuroanatomy with a $20,000 grants given to DMU to sponsor students from Kacia Cain’s College Anatomy and Physiology program. This three-way partnership will provide invaluable experiences … Read more »


October 27th, 2016

Des Moines Public Schools students come from all over the world, and so do visitors to the district. Today, Central Campus and Central Academy welcomed Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Hamdullah Mohib. The former war refugee met with Des Moines Schools Board members, staff and students. Click here to learn more about the 33 year-old diplomat and his message.


October 13th, 2016

The bad news: the victim of a mock (repeat mock!) homicide at Central Campus was a DMPS security officer. Evidence at the scene indicated that the perpetrator may be a clown, an appropriate suspect for a mock crime given the nation-wide creepy clown hoax on social media. The good news: the Criminal Justice program is one the case. Now in its second year, the program has more than doubled in size. Click here for more about the program and this unique lesson.


October 13th, 2016

The World Food Prize has been referred to as the Nobel Prize of agriculture and food science. Headquartered in Des Moines, the WFP also feeds students at DMPS with many science-related opportunities. On Tuesday Central Campus hosted a reception in honor of Dr. Charity Kawira Mutegi of Kenya. In 2013 Dr. Mutegi received the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application from the WFP, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation. Click here to read more about this special opportunity for students in Des Moines.