Cloud Co. Comm. College Foundation Receives Grants From Community Foundation For Cloud County


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The Cloud County Community College Foundation has received two grants from the Community Foundation for Cloud County for the expansion of the college’s Children’s Learning Center and for turf at Doyen Field.

The $20,000 grant from the Community Foundation is helping fund this summer’s expansion of the Children’s Learning Center. The funds will be used to purchase commercial appliances and playground equipment.

The Children’s Learning Center has served Cloud County families since 1986, and currently has space for 28 children. The expansion of the Center includes installation of a sprinkler system, renovating and expanding the space, and new outdoor playground equipment. The estimated $692,000 project began in mid-May, and is expected to be completed in early August. Once the project is completed, the Center will be able to accommodate a total of 40 children.

The Community Foundation for Cloud County also awarded the CCCC Foundation $25,000 to help fund the installation of artificial turf at Doyen Field at the Concordia Sports Complex. The City of Concordia, which owns the Sports Complex, will be installing the turf in collaboration with the college and USD 333. Cloud County’s baseball team is the primary user of Doyen Field for all practices and games. The college also is host to several camps and tournaments each year that utilize the field.

A $25,000 gift from a Cloud County baseball alumnus was the catalyst for the turf project. The Cloud County Community College Foundation, the college, the City of Concordia, and USD 333 all committed $50,000 to support the estimated $500,000 project.

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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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