The John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center was acquired by the University of Iowa in August 2008. The building and programming at the Pappajohn Education Center are directed by the Division of Continuing Education. Course work leading to both certificate and degree programs are available.

Prior to this, the building was the Des Moines Higher Education Collaborative (DMHEC). The vision for the center began in 1998 when a task force identified a need for continuing education geared toward the Des Moines business community and John and Mary Pappajohn helped to realize this educational goal for the greater Des Moines area. Originally the DMHEC included Simpson College, Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, The University of Iowa, Grand View College, Drake University, John Pappajohn of Equity Dynamics, The Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Des Moines Public Schools. 

In collaboration with collegiate partners within and outside of the University, the Division of Continuing Education extends the reach of distance opportunities to the greater Des Moines area. The University is interested in collaborating with central Iowa educational institutions, corporations, the Senior College and other lifelong learning programs to meet the educational needs of Iowans.