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Cloud Co. Comm. College Receives $100,000 Grant From Sunderland Foundation

A new agriculture facility is closer to reality after the Cloud County Community College Foundation received a $100,000 grant from the Sunderland Foundation.

The grant will be used to support the construction of an agriculture facility on the Concordia campus. The facility will help Cloud meet the needs of its growing enrollment in the agriculture program, by providing space for the Precision Ag equipment and livestock. It will also allow for community and business outreach opportunities.

“We are ecstatic to receive this generous contribution from the Sunderland Foundation,” said Cloud County Community College Foundation Director Heather Gennette. “We want this facility to not only benefit Cloud County students, but would also like it be utilized to provide learning and enrichment opportunities for area high schools, youth ag programs, local businesses, and the community. This gift has given us the momentum we need to achieve our goal.”

The Foundation has already secured $30,000 in additional funds to be used for the new building. Gennette said the Foundation will continue to pursue additional grant opportunities, partnerships and fundraising to raise the $200,000 needed for the project.

The Kansas City-based Sunderland Foundation was established in 1945. Since its inception, the Foundation has focused on supporting construction projects and awarding grants to tax-exempt organizations. In 2017, the Foundation awarded more than $25 million to various hospitals, human service nonprofits, higher education, and arts and culture projects.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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