Dodge City Community College Foundation announced earlier this week that they received a letter from the Kansas Division of Emergency Management stating; “We are pleased to notify you that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the development of the detailed design for a community safe room project submitted by Dodge City Community College.”
“This is exciting news, I thought we may fall victim to the government’s budget sequester,” said Roger Proffitt, DCCC Foundation Director. “We submitted a grant application with FEMA for $491,000 over a year ago. This will help fund a community activities center/tornado shelter/monolithic dome and we have just been approved for the first step in the process. We have until October 15th to complete the design andsubmit it to FEMA to move to the next phase of construction.”
The Activities Center will be built as a Monolithic Dome, FEMA approved tornado shelter, like the one in Fowler, Ks.
“I wish we already had the activities center/tornado shelter built,” stated Dr. Don Woodburn, President of DCCC. “Look at the tornado destruction that’s taken place in Oklahoma over the past few weeks, this could just as easily have happened in Dodge City.”
“Another very important reason we need the activities center is current research indicates that students who regularly participate in campus recreation are more likely to stay in college, graduate at higher rates, earn higher GPA’s and have an overall more satisfying college experience. Visit just about any college campus today, and see state-of-art recreation and fitness centers,” said Dr. Woodburn. “It will greatly enhance student recruitment.”
It will be a welcome asset and benefit to the Dodge City community offering numerous indoor year-round climate controlled activities such as an indoor walking track, wellness center, basketball, volleyball, soccer, snack bar, community rooms and a large community events center. Most importantly it’s a community tornado shelter.
“DCCC Foundation kicked off the Why Not DC3 capital campaign last October. Honorary Co-Chairs for the campaign are Senator Pat Roberts and his wife, Franki,” said Duane Ross, DCCC Foundation President. “This is a five year 5 million dollar fundraising campaign to meet the funding needs to build the new activities center.”
Ross continues, “We’ve formed a great Steering Committee made up of concerned citizens that recognize the value DCCC brings to our community. Now, with this FEMA grant and other current donations, our campaign total is close to $1 million."
“We’ve asked our architect, Michael McCoy, the same architect that designed the Fowler dome and is designing a new dome in Kinsley, to complete the activities center design,” said Proffitt. “And even with the FEMA grant we still need to raise additional funds for the activities center/tornado shelter.”
Page 2 of 2 - The DCCC Activities Center will be a facility DCCC and the Dodge City Community can showcase as a state-of-the-art environmental friendly building. The Monolithic construction, because of its design, saves over 30% in construction costs over conventional construction, and will reduce utility costs by 50% or more per year.
To donate to the “Why Not DC3” capital campaign please contact Roger Proffitt at the DCCC Foundation office at 620-227-9249 or donate online at dc3.edu at Alumni & Friends.