Prairie Meadows awards $350,000 to support UNI partnership with DMACC

DES MOINES — A $350,000 legacy grant from Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino will continue to expand access to affordable, high-quality baccalaureate degrees for Iowans through the growing partnership between the University of Northern Iowa and Des Moines Area Community College known as UNI@DMACC.


The program provides a flexible pathway for adult learners who may not have easy access to a four-year degree due to their location, job or life commitments. Students complete their first two years at DMACC and then take online classes through UNI.

“This generous grant from Prairie Meadows will make a lasting impact on the lives of many Iowa families,” UNI President Mark Nook said in a news release. “Earning a four-year degree can truly change the trajectory of a family. Many of the students participating in UNI’s unique partnership with DMACC are first-generation students who wouldn’t otherwise have access to a bachelor’s degree. We appreciate the support of Prairie Meadows in helping ensure that students in the Des Moines area are able to further their educational, professional and personal goals.”


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