Rhonda Mart (left) and Joel Lundstrom (right) welcome guests during a ribbon-cutting for a joint DMACC-New Hope residential hall Friday.
Rhonda Mart (left) and Joel Lundstrom (right) welcome guests during a ribbon-cutting for a joint DMACC-New Hope residential hall Friday.

August 10, 2015

Carroll has a college dormitory.

Des Moines Area Community College and New Hope Village have collaborated to develop a former cottage for the disabled into student housing for DMACC’s first residential housing complex, with a priority given to students enrolled in the school’s new human services program.

“This project was the result of both need and opportunity,” said Rhonda Mart, executive director of New Hope Village.

The housing unit, located on the New Hope campus, offers 16 private dorm rooms, nine bathrooms, a lounge, full kitchen and laundry,

The rent: $300 per month, which includes utilities and laundry, DirectTV and Internet access.

Eight full-time DMACC student have signed up to live in the dorm — known as Hope Hall — this fall. Another eight rooms are available.

DMACC Carroll Campus Provost Joel Lundstrom said the dorm will position students to have affordable access to housing and proximity to a major facility in the region connected to the human-services mission.

“This is pretty, pretty wonderful,” Mart said Friday morning during a Carroll Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting and coffee.

Mart recognized State Sen. Mark Segebart, R-Vail, and former State Rep. Dan Muhlbauer, D-Manilla, for their advocacy. The project received a $250,000 state grant toward the $600,000 renovation.

New Hope employs about 450 people, including 275 people full time. Mart said the facility could add another 40 employees today.

For its part, DMACC has 30 students enrolled in the human services program.