Central Campus Newsletter

June 2023

A note from the Director

Happy Summer! The 22/23 school year has been a huge success and we want to thank our students and families for choosing Central Campus. We will be adding to our Central Campus team for the 23/24 school year as student enrollment has increased. We will be expanding our course offerings in Culinary, Welding, Auto Tech, Business, Math, Hospitality and Tourism Management and Health Sciences.

Additionally, we are expanding our registered apprenticeship and paid internship opportunities so students can experience their career interests and make a solid plan for their post-secondary journeys. We will have DMPS students working for our IT department as well as offering a summer CNA session. We are excited to launch these programs and hope to add more in the years to come. Central Campus will also be hosting summer camps for rising 7th and 8th graders, so they might begin to consider their career interest as they plan for high school.

It takes a team to pull all of this off, and our Central Campus staff is always willing and eager to serve students in our community. We love our Central Campus teachers and wish everyone a wonderful summer break.

Tascha Brown

Director of Career and Technical Education and Central Campus

1800 Grand Ave

Des Moines, IA 50309



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Career Readiness

  • Students wishing to add new CC coursework need to take the CC Course Request Survey. When results are available, Mary Moua will reach out to families and will leave word with the counselor or an administrator over the summer.
  • All students who are needing schedule changes, adds and drops, over the summer, are encouraged to speak with their high school counselors first. All schedule changes will need to come from a school counselor or administrator. We understand getting a hold of counselors over the summer can be a challenge, so we will try to assist the best we can.

John Hickling, School Counselor, Student Last Names A-L, John.Hickling@dmschools.org

Jennifer Scott, School Counselor, Student Last Names M-Z, Jennifer.Scott@dmschools.org

Mary Moua, Counseling Assistant, Mary.Moua@dmschools.org

Diana Lovan, Future Ready Coach, Diana.Lovan@dmschools.org

Students Start Careers After Graduation

Twenty-five Central Campus students know a career is waiting for them after they cross the stage on graduation day. They signed agreements with local businesses during a special ceremony this month. "They will earn high wages while working towards licensure and certification in their respective fields with no college debt," said Director Tascha Brown. "It’s a great option and one we should lift up more.” Click here to read more about the students, businesses and programs available through Central Campus.

Chef Paul Wahlberg Visits Central Campus

As Chef Paul Wahlberg organized his ingredients in the cooking area of the culinary classroom at Central Campus, students moved a little more quickly to put on their chef aprons and hats and find a seat. They were young sponges as Wahlberg shared his favorite spices and methods of cooking. He told them he is a big fan of their choice to seize the opportunity to learn a craft while still in high school, and of schools like Central Campus, which offer career training to students. Click here to read and see more of Chef Wahlberg's visit.

Central Campus Aviation Student to Fly Solo

Come Here. Become - A PILOT - Here. Central Campus aviation student Hawa Warsame earned acceptance into the Aim High Flight Academy, hosted by the U.S. Air Force over the summer. The goal of the 3-week all-expenses-paid camp is for students to complete their first solo flight! Hawa is one of only 80 students to receive this scholarship from over 2000 applicants. To be accepted, Hawa attained an FAA 3rd class medical certificate and will receive her FAA Student Pilot Certificate at the academy. "Students are eligible to solo at age 16, so it's not uncommon for pilot to solo before they get their driver's license," said instructor Keith Boot. Interested in starting your adventure in aviation? Click here to read more the aviation program at Central Campus.

DMPS Offers Free Summer Meals to 29 Locations

Des Moines Public Schools is participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program, which will allow for a safe and streamlined service of nutritious meals during the 2023 summer break at 29 locations. Meals will be provided for all children ages 18 and younger at no cost. DMPS has been providing summer meals for more than 40 years. Funding for summer meals comes from the USDA and Des Moines Public Schools. Click here to learn more and find a location near you.


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