SCC Groundbreaking For New Building In Beatrice

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(L-R) Walker Zulkoski, Ngage; Angie Bruna, Beatrice Chamber; Kristine Dorn, BVH; Stan Wirth, Mayor; Matt Huls, Hausmann Construction; Bob Morgan, SCC; Dr. Paul Illich, SCC; Steve Ottmann, SCC; Ellen Weissinger, SCC; Kathy Boellstorff, SCC; Dale Kruse, SCC; Nancy Seim, SCC.
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A new 52,000 square foot building will be the next addition to Southeast Community College’s Beatrice Campus. A groundbreaking took place on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

The proposed $19-million multidisciplinary building will include classrooms, health and science labs as well as a multi-functional room that can be used for many purposes. Hausmann Construction is building the facility and it’s designed by BVH Architecture and Gould Evans.

“This will be an awesome upgrade for our campus and for the region,” said Bob Morgan, Vice President of Program Development and Campus Director. “It will provide a high-tech classroom environment that will enhance our educational and growth opportunities. It will also provide a learning and conference area for local businesses to use for training opportunities.”

Beatrice Mayor Stan Wirth said the students who will be learning in the new structure will become part of the skilled workforce.

“This is a great day for Southeast Community College and the community of Beatrice,” Wirth said. “When I came to Beatrice in 1971, the building over my shoulder (Hoover Hall) was six years old, and I thought it was a state-of-the-art facility.” Hoover is being razed as part of SCC’s facilities master plan. “I look forward to the continued transformation of the future.”

Students from Health, Arts and Sciences, Business and Criminal Justice programs will be able to utilize the various classrooms. Construction will be complete by August of 2020.

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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.