Cloud Co. Comm. College & Aspen University Announce Nursing Agreement


Aspen University and Cloud County Community College announced this week the signing of a memorandum of understanding that will give nursing graduates the opportunity to attend Aspen for their bachelor’s degree.

Aspen University is a nationally accredited distance-learning university in Denver, Colo. Aspen’s online nursing program offers registered nurses the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees fully online.

With the agreement, students graduating from Cloud’s Associate of Applied Science in nursing program, and who possess a valid Registered Nurse license, can transition into Aspen’s bachelor’s of nursing online program and receive a 10-percent discount on tuition.

Nursing students can enroll in Aspen’s nursing courses via the following links:
RN to BSN –

For more information, contact Stefanie Perret, Cloud County Nursing Administrator at 800.729.5101, ext. 332 or via email at

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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