Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


June 26, 2012

DMACC assigns full-time advisor to Knoxville

Knoxville —  

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.”

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