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NEWS RELEASE (Feb 8, 2024) – Fareway Stores, Inc. presented a $100,000 check to Rob Denson, DMACC’s President and Tara Connolly, Executive Director of the DMACC Foundation. The funds will be used to help build DMACC’s new Transportation Institute that’s currently under construction.

“The new DMACC Transportation Institute will train the next generation of truck drivers, including future Fareway drivers,” said Fareway CEO Reynolds W. Cramer. “This profession plays a critical role to Fareway’s long term viability, and we are happy to support DMACC by investing in a new facility to provide additional learning opportunities to students.”

Fareway’s donation, along with other public funds and private gifts are crucial to successful completion of the 8,600-square-foot DMACC Transportation Institute. The new facility will double the program’s current student capacity and result in a significant increase in enrollment.

The three-phase project started late last year and will include a new building and attached three-story garage; new concrete training pad; and demolition of the old Transportation Institute building. The project will be completed in 2025.

“We’d like to thank Fareway for their generous donation and their commitment to the program,” said Rob Denson, DMACC’s President. “We are thrilled to invest in the future of truck drivers, starting right here at DMACC with the help of Fareway.”

The current DMACC Transportation Institute, which opened in 1988, is aging and is currently at full capacity. The 12-acre concrete pad that DMACC trucking students use for training is also deteriorating and has been closed due to some broken concrete areas.


DMACC (Des Moines Area Community College) is one of America’s top-rated two-year institutions of higher learning. DMACC is dedicated to changing lives by offering an accessible, affordable and outstanding educational experience to students from across Iowa and the nation. Situated in one of the country’s most vibrant regions, DMACC is proud to welcome students of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs to a diverse and inclusive College community. DMACC offers 10 career pathways, which encompass more than 220 credit and non-credit programs, degrees and certificates available to students. Each year, DMACC serves approximately 55,000 students across the College’s six campuses and seven learning centers and through DMACC Online. Students from every state in the nation and 41 countries

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