Des Moines Area Community College is opening a new training lab featuring virtual reality and augmented reality technologies at the West DMACC Campus Microsoft Datacenter Academy. Microsoft is providing $30,000 in funding support for the first phase of the new Virtual Learning Lab’s production. The lab will include about 200 server racks and will incorporate high-security and biometric controls that real-world data centers use, including retinal scanners and key-card. Students will practice in a “game” mode by using virtual reality headsets and a virtual tablet to read work-order tickets and navigate a virtual reality data center. The Virtual Learning Lab will be used by students in the DMACC Network Technology and Telecommunications program.