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DMACC Assigns Academic Advisor and Offers More Classes in Knoxville

Chantel Boyd to Operate our of Office at City Hall


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Responding to input from community leaders, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) has assigned a part-time academic advisor to an office in Knoxville and will increase the number of DMACC courses offered in the city.

Mary Entz, Provost at DMACC’s Newton Campus, recently announced that DMACC staff member Chantel Boyd will operate out of an office in the Knoxville City Hall at 305 South Third St. for about 20-hours per week. In addition to office hours, Boyd will spend time networking in the community.  Boyd, a Knoxville native and DMACC graduate, is the first DMACC advisor based in Knoxville.

Boyd’s responsibilities include helping current and prospective students in the Knoxville area with financial aid, academic advising, exploring potential career paths and navigating the higher education process.  She also works to increase awareness of DMACC’s offerings and support the dialog between DMACC and Knoxville residents.

 “It’s important to DMACC to be responsive to the needs of the communities we serve,” said Entz. “After a series of meetings and discussions with Knoxville community and business leaders over the past year, it became clear that an advisor with a regular presence in the city was an important first step.”

Entz said the assignment of Boyd coincides with DMACC doubling the number of courses offered after 5 p.m. at the Knoxville Community High School starting this fall.  New courses will focus on DMACC’s liberal arts transfer program, as well as business/entrepreneurism classes.

“Chantel is a perfect fit for this important new role,” said Entz.  “She’s a native of Knoxville, graduate of DMACC and a graduate of Central College in nearby Pella.  Chantel knows Knoxville and the area, knows DMACC, and appreciates the role that education can play in economic development.  We’re very fortunate to have her on staff.”

Boyd said she is looking forward to helping people in her hometown connect with DMACC’s opportunities.   “I’m very excited about returning to Knoxville to help others find the same opportunities I found at DMACC,” said Boyd.  “I also look forward to working with the people in Knoxville, learning about their needs and figuring out how DMACC can best work with our community going forward.”

Boyd’s summer office hours in Knoxville are:
Monday:               1 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday:              9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday:        1 to 5 p.m.

She can be reached at (641) 840-2026 or cmboyd1@dmacc.edu.


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 150 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 today is the 15th fastest growing two-year college in America. For more information, please visit www.dmacc.edu.

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