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Dodge City Community College Foundation Announces Naming of Campus Drive

Dodge City Community College Foundation announced the new name to the campus drive.  It’s been named the Ed Herrin Drive.

“New at this year’s Booster Association/Foundation scholarship auction was a unique auction item,” stated Roger Proffitt, DCCC Foundation Director.  “We auctioned, to the highest bidder, the main circle drive into the Dodge City Community College campus.  An individual, family, or business could have their name on a street sign at the entrance to the DCCC campus, and remain there until the next scholarship auction when we will auction it again.” 

"The winning bidder wants to remain anonymous, and has chosen the street to be named the Ed Herrin Drive.  When you drive into the main entrance off 14th Avenue you will see the new street sign prominently displayed,” stated Proffitt.

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.”     

Dodge City Community College wants to thank our generous donors for making the Lewis Technology Center possible

“We’ve had some very generous individuals and businesses donate a total of $448,750 to the Dodge City Community College Foundation for the expansion of our Manufacturing Technology Building, thank you! We will now be able to enroll and train additional students that have been on a waiting list into our welding and manufacturing program. These students, after going through our program, will be skilled in welding and manufacturing ready to help fill the growing demand here in Dodge City and southwestern Kansas. This is a perfect example of how Dodge City Community College wants to partner with business and industry, and also provide skilled training, for good jobs, for our citizens.”  

“This new building will be named the Lewis Technology Center. It will be the first building on the Dodge City Community College campus that is named for the generosity of a financial donation. Thank you Mr. Jim Lewis and the Lewis family!”
Dr. Don Woodburn, President
Dodge City Community College

Plans for the Activities Center include an indoor soccer field, basketball courts, a walking track, study areas, a small theater and more for students and community members to enjoy.  The monolithic dome design will serve as a community tornado shelter, 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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Dodge City Community College Foundation is a non-profit, 501©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
  • Althea White - Vice President
  • Vada Hermon - Treasurer
  • Roger Proffitt - Secretary
  • Alan Cunningham
  • Ben Zimmerman III
  • Merle Kaufman
  • Dr. Merrill Conant
  • Jim Coffin
  • Floris Jean Hampton
  • Dr. Don Woodburn
  • Steve Nufer
  • Charles Esquibel
  • Jeff Hiers
  • Greg Goff
  • David Wetmore
  • Jared Busch

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