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Hunzikers donate land to DMACC near Ames facility

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
Hunzikers donate land to DMACC near Ames facility

Dean Hunziker announced last Tuesday (Dec. 16) during a news conference, at the educational facility that bears his family’s name, that he will donate a five-acre plot of ground next to the Des Moines Area Community College’s Hunziker Center, located at the crossroads of I-35 and Highway 30 in Ames.

“The future of our country is dependent upon our children’s education and we consider this gift an investment in our future,” said Dean Hunziker. “We’re very pleased the Hunziker Center is being utilized by hundreds of students each semester. That reaffirms our commitment to education and the long-term success of this facility,” he added.

The land value is estimated at $350,000 and is located just north of the 43,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art learning center.

“The Hunziker family has been instrumental in the creation and support of this center,” said Rob Denson, DMACC President and CEO. “The Hunziker Center is special because it served as the model for our other educational centers located in Newton, Perry and at Southridge. This generous donation of land will assure the Center’s planning and growth for future generations of students,” added Denson.

In April, DMACC completed a 9,000-square-foot expansion that added new chemistry and biology labs, a computer lab, five classrooms and instructor offices. The addition completes the original footprint planned for the DMACC Hunziker Center. This year nearly 1,700 students are taking credit courses here.

Much of the current growth can be attributed to more Iowa State University students taking their general education classes at the Hunziker Center. “We listened to the needs of ISU students who enjoy taking courses at the DMACC Hunziker Center because of the smaller class sizes and opportunity for more one-on-one instruction,” said Tom Lee, Provost of the Boone Campus who also oversees the credit classes in Ames.

In addition to the credit program, the Hunziker Center also serves approximately 260 high school students from Story and surrounding counties who are enrolled in career and technical classes including building trades, culinary arts, information technology, health care, automotive technology, auto collisions and criminal justice.

About DMACC

Des Moines Area Community College, a public institution serving the educational and career training needs of Iowans, is committed to the lifelong success of its students. As Iowa’s largest two-year college, DMACC offers 168 programs, certificates and transfer degrees, annually serving more than 75,000 credit and noncredit students on six campuses and in five learning centers. Thanks to college-wide innovation, new programs and affordable tuition, DMACC has experienced record growth and is the 15th fastest growing two-year college in America. For more information, please visit www.dmacc.edu.