With classes underway, DMACC President Rob Denson offers some tips to encourage students to take their academic work seriously and complete their degree.

"These 10 tips are based on my many years in higher education," Denson said. "There’s no magic to earning a college degree, it takes commitment and hard work. But, there is a lifetime of rewards."

Denson said many Iowa companies are looking for qualified workers, but in most cases applicants need at least a two-year degree. When he visits with students, he encourages them to study hard and finish what they started. Here is President Denson’s 10 Tips for Success at DMACC:

1. Attend class. "There is no substitute for being in class."

2. Study. "And, even if you should have studied a little more, ATTEND CLASS anyway."

3. Locate support services on your Campus. http://go.dmacc.edu/students/Pages/studentresources.aspx.

4. See a counselor or advisor if you have any questions or just need some advice.

5. Use the Academic Achievement Centers on each Campus if you need a little extra help. And, they are FREE.

6. Attend semester kick-off events and get involved in student activities.

7. Identify and attend career development workshops. http://go.dmacc.edu/advising/career/Pages/choosecareer.aspx

8. Set up weekly schedules that include the time needed for class, study, work, and personal/family obligations.

9. Go to the DMACC Home Page and use "Ask a Question" on the left hand side if you don’t know where to get an answer,. http://www.dmacc.edu/

10. Study and Attend Class! "And, while you’re there, get to know the faculty teaching your classes. They are a great source of information and help."