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   "An 80th Anniversary Celebration" Scholarship Auction


A tremendous thanks to everyone who came, worked, and had a great time at the 20th Annual Scholarship Auction! It wouldn't have been a success without everyone's support! Please mark your calendars for next year's auction, scheduled for Saturday, April 30th!

If you didn't get the chance to make it to the auction, but you would still like to contribute, donations can be sent to:


   Dodge City Community College

Attn: Foundation

                                                2501 N. 14th Ave.

Dodge City, KS 67801

All proceeds received will go to student scholarships for those attending Dodge City Community College! For questions or more information, please contact Tara in the Foundations Office at         620-227-9249 or tschraeder@dc3.edu



Dodge City Community College Foundation Brings Faridodin "Fredi" Lajvardi Dodge City

Dodge City Community College Foundation is proud to announce the third lecturer in its lecture series, Fredi Lajvardi. The event is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Thursday, June 18th at the United Wireless Arena Conference Center.

Their story was so inspirational that film Director Sean MacNamara decided to turn the story into a movie. The film was called “Spare Parts,” and was released to theaters nationwide on January 16th, 2015.  With esteemed actor Mario Lopez starring as Lajvardi.  The South Drive In Theater is going to be showing "Spare Parts" on Thursday, July 11th. Stay tuned for more details and prices!

Tickets will be going on sale soon. Stay tuned for locations and prices!

Fredi Lajvardi is an esteemed teacher for Carl Hayden High School in Arizona.

Fredi has overcome many obstacles in his life, including health issues like cancer and Graves’ disease. He decided to come to Carl Hayden high school in Arizona to make a difference for their Latino community.

Lajvardi took a group of students to a prestigious underwater science competition against high schools and colleges alike, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At the Marine Advance Technology Education (MATE) competition, their remotely operated underwater vehicle, or ROV, took first place over M.I.T in 2004. An 85 minute documentary film called “Underwater Dreams” was created and released by Lajvardi and his students. Their documentary was recently submitted as a possible nominee for the 2015 Oscars.

“We would like to model our lecture series after the Landon Lecture Series at Kansas State University, or the Dillon Lecture Series at Hutchinson Community College, that allows us to continually bring three to four relevant, top quality speakers to Dodge City every year,” stated Duane Ross, Chairman of the DCCC Foundation.   “We’ve formed a lecture series committee that will be selecting future speakers.  We will also be looking for sponsors for each speaker we bring to Dodge City.  Ultimately, we would like to have a named sponsor for our lecture series like the Dillon Lecture Series, so named from the generosity of the Dillon family.” Roger Proffitt, DC3 Foundation Director, commented.

If you are interested in helping sponsor the lecture series, or have any questions, please contact Tara at 620.227.9249 or tschraeder@dc3.edu or Roger at rproffitt@dc3.edu in the Foundation Office.





Dodge City Community College Foundation Announces Naming of Campus Drive for the Second Time

Dodge City Community College Foundation announced that the campus drive name will stay the same for another year.

For the first time last year, those who attended the DCCC Scholarship Auction were able to bid on the campus drive naming opportunity. "The highest bidder, who wished to be kept anonymous, chose to name it "Ed Herrin Drive." When you drive into the main entrance off 14th Avenue, you will see the street sign prominently displayed," Stated Roger Proffitt, DCCC Foundation Director.

Ed Herrin was a professor in Sociology, head track coach, and assistant football coach for Dodge City Community College from 1970 to 1997. Ed was born in Brewster, Colorado in 1938 and died March 8, 2012 in Canon City, Co., he was 73.

“Ed was a very intelligent person” stated Eldon Becker, retired DCCC coach.  “He liked to play mind games with his students.  He used to say he confused them the first 9 weeks of school and straighten them out the last 9 weeks.”

Becker continued, “He cared about his students, and that’s why they started the Ed Herrin scholarship fund in his honor.”

“Ed was my assistant coach,” stated Terry Williams, retired DCCC football coach.  “We spent a lot of time traveling together recruiting and going to games, we were very good friends. The players liked Ed because they knew he cared about them.  I think it’s a very special tribute to Ed, and he would certainly get a kick out of seeing his name on the main drive to DCCC’s campus.”     



Plans for the Activities Center include a basketball court, a walking track, study areas, and more for students and community members to enjoy.  The monolithic dome design will serve as a community tornado shelter, and may be the home of Ford County 911 Communication and a possible staging area in the event of a large-scale community disaster.  "This campaign is an opportunity for all residents to become part of an important community investment - Dodge City Community College,"  stated Dr. Woodburn, President of DCCC. "By investing in the future of the college, donors will be ensuring the availability of higher education in Ford County and surrounding areas now and for generations to come." 

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Why Not DC3?

Alumni & Friends

Dodge City Community College Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)3, mission driven organization that provides support and financial assistance to Dodge City Community College to achieve and maintain excellence in higher education and leadership for the community served.  Dodge City Community College Foundation provides opportunities for people to invest their time, money and energy in a mutually beneficial relationship that makes Dodge City Community College the student-centered community college of choice.

Foundation Board

  • Duane Ross - President
  • Jerad Busch - Vice President
  • Vada Hermon - Treasurer
  • Roger Proffitt - Secretary
  • Alan Cunningham
  • Kaci Davignon
  • Ben Zimmerman III
  • Merle Kaufman
  • Jim Coffin
  • Floris Jean Hampton
  • Dr. Don Woodburn
  • Charles Esquibel
  • Jeff Hiers
  • Greg Goff
  • Dr. Jeremy Presley

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