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Dodge City Community College Foundation Brings A Child Called "It" Author Dave Pelzer to Dodge City

Dodge City Community College is proud to announce the second lecturer in its lecture series, Dave Pelzer.  The event is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 21st at the Civic Center.

Tickets are on sale now at the following locations: Dillons, Carter's Thriftway, Dodge City Chamber of Commerce, DC3 Bookstore, DC3 Foundation Office, & Family Bookhouse (519 N. Main, Garden City). Tickets are priced $10 or $5 for Students.

Dave Pelzer is the author of seven inspirational books, the most famous of which, A Child Called “It,” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over six years.  His other titles include: The Lost Boy, A Man Named Dave, Help Yourself, Help Yourself for Teens, The Privilege of Youth, and Moving Forward.  Pelzer’s books have been on the bestseller list for more than 13 years combined.

Roger Proffitt, DC3 Foundation Director, commented, “The college is so fortunate to have such a noted author as our second speaker in the series.  Mr. Pelzer’s life story is so phenomenal that everyone should want to hear him speak.   Dr. Temple Grandin was our first lecturer and we had a tremendous response from her visit.  Through our foundation lecture series, we plan to schedule three to four notable speakers in 2015.”

Pelzer nearly died several times by the hands of his mentally disturbed, alcoholic mother.  It was later determined that his case was one of the most gruesome and extreme cases of child abuse in California’s history.  He was finally rescued at age 12 and placed in a series of foster homes until he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at the age of 18.

Pelzer titles his lecture “Your Resolve.” “Your Resolve” is based on Pelzer’s New York Times bestselling book, Help Yourself, as well as his two other self-help books, Help Yourself for Teens and Moving Forward.  Throughout the presentation, Pelzer shares his life story,  giving pertinent examples of how he was able to prevail and stresses proven, real-life, common sense advice for the audience to apply to their lives immediately. He keeps his lecture lighthearted, putting the audience at ease with interjections of relevant humor.  Pelzer also carefully advises the audience and those in their perspective fields on the importance of taking care of themselves so that they, in turn, can continue to be of service to others.  In today's uncertain, stress-filled world, “Your Resolve” can make a difference for all of us by helping us to recapture our sense of “Mission” and teaching us to lead others through determined, quiet leadership.

“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.”

If you are interested in helping sponsor the lecture series, or have any questions, please contact the DCCC Foundation Office at 620.227.9249.  

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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