Cloud Co. CC To Be Host To College Fair


High school students will be able to visit with more than 35 colleges and universities from Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma at Cloud County Community College during a college fair on Thursday, Oct. 3. The free event, from 9-10:30 a.m., will be in Arley Bryant Gymnasium on the Concordia campus.

The event is an official Kansas College Planning Conference and is sponsored by the Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (KACRAO). These conferences throughout the state give high school students the opportunity to visit with college representatives from across the state and nation.

Colleges and universities who will be at the college fair are: Baker, Barton County Community College, Benedictine College, Bethany, Butler Community College, Coffeyville Community College, Colby Community College, Columbia College, Cowley College, Emporia State University, Flint Hills Technical College, Fort Hays State University, Garden City Community College, Hays Academy of Hair Design, Hesston College, Highland Community College, Hutchinson Community College, Kansas State University, Kansas Wesleyan, Manhattan Area Technical College, McPherson College, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Newman, North Central Kansas Technical College, Northwest Technical College, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Ottawa University, Pittsburg State, Salina Area Technical College, Sterling, University of Kansas, Washburn Institute of Technology, Washburn University, Wichita State, and Cloud County Community College.

KACRAO is partnering with to provide students with the option to create a personalized barcode to replace the process of filling out inquiry cards for each college. This leads to more personal and beneficial conversations between the students and college representatives. To learn more, or create a personalized barcode, visit

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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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