Kaleb Carstarphen and Kody Olsen, both of Perry, have graduated from the General Motors Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP) at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny.

Carstarphen was sponsored by Karl Chevrolet in Ankeny. Olsen was sponsored by Shottenkirk Chevrolet in Waukee. DMACC has established a partnership with General Motors to provide both entry-level training and advanced technology training for GM dealership technicians. Altogether, 390 students have graduated from the 31 ASEP classes at DMACC.

In this program, students spend half of their time at the community college learning the latest automotive technology on current production GM vehicles and half of their time applying what they’ve learned at their sponsoring GM dealership, said Jerry Burns, DMACC Automotive Technology/ASEP Program Chair.

At the end of the five-semester program, a student earns an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology.


Des Moines Area Community College, a public institution serving the educational and career training needs of Iowans, is committed to the lifelong success of its students. As Iowa’s largest two-year college, DMACC offers 252 programs, certificates and transfer degrees, annually serving more than 70,000 credit and noncredit students on six campuses and six learning centers. Thanks to college-wide innovation, new programs and affordable tuition, DMACC continues to experience solid growth. For more information, please visit www.dmacc.edu.