Community College Supports Full-time and Part-time students with a Tool for Early Risk Detection


Founded in 1966, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) includes six campuses and five learning centers across central Iowa and serves over 58,000 students. Over the years, the courses, locations, technologies, and facilities have all changed, yet DMACC has remained faithful to its founding purpose: maintaining relationships that continue to help connect students of all ages, backgrounds, interests, and abilities with the life-improving power of education.

DMACC uses Kognito’s At-Risk for College Students simulation as a frontline strategy in its multi-point early alert system to identify students in distress. Simulation users assume the role of a student and learn about mental health by interacting with four virtual students and then talk with one virtual student in distress about seeking help.

The At-Risk for College Students simulation is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Best Practices and Programs. Listen to DMACC’s Sheila Aukes talk about Kognito during her NBC interview.

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