youth studyingOptions for Postsecondary Transition (OPT-in)

OPT-in is a nine-week college and career readiness summer program at DMACC Southridge Center. OPT-in provides structured learning opportunities to help youth identify individual strengths and interests while exploring postsecondary options in the Des Moines area.

Our focus areas are:

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OPT in Expectations

OPT-in provides a fun, interactive environment that allows youth to meet new people while building plans for their future. Lunch and transportation assistance are also provided for participants.

Youth have the opportunity to earn:

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OPT-in is for youth who are currently in foster care (or who had been in foster care after age 16), have already completed high school, and are interested in college or a training program.

OPT-in: What you should know

OPT-in Interest Letter



For more information contact

Andrea Dencklau or call (515) 727-4220