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Super Sunday February 24, 2013

SCC Sponsoring Four SUPER SUNDAY Events at area African-American Churches

Feb 07, 2013 - | 09:07 AM -

Somerset Community College is sponsoring four Super Sunday events on February 24, 2013 as part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) diversity plan. On this day, Somerset Community College and each of the other 15 KCTCS colleges and the system office will partner with churches in their communities to host information fairs for prospective college students and their families.

SCC will sponsor Super Sunday in Somerset, East Bernstadt, Richmond and Manchester. All events will be February 24.

Super Sunday will be held at the following places:

• Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist, 99 Bourbon Road, Somerset, KY 42501 at 11:30 a.m.
• Altamont Baptist Church, 1110 Littontown Road, East Bernstadt, KY 40676 at 11:15 a.m.
• First Baptist Church, 300 Francis Street, Richmond, KY 40745 at 11 a.m.
• St. Paul AME Church, Town Branch Road, Manchester, KY 40962 at 11 a.m.

At each event, a representative from SCC will speak during the regular church service and others will be available to assist potential students and their families after the service. 

Higher education for south central Kentucky begins at Somerset Community College, and so it is a vital part of the SCC mission to increase the educational opportunities for people of color, including African-Americans and Latinos. Super Sunday is a statewide initiative intended to increase the college-going rate of students of color.  SCC will partner with these churches to reach out to parents and students to promote higher education. 

“We want students to know, yes, you can go to college. Yes, you can get a college degree. And yes, you can have a high paying job. Many potential students are aware of their educational opportunities, but they simply have questions about how to access the pipeline.  Super Sunday will show them how to navigate the admission and financial aid process, as well as provide additional information about the educational possibilities that exist,” said SCC President and CEO Dr. Jo Marshall.

This is the third year Somerset Community College has hosted a Super Sunday event.  In subsequent years, the program will be expanded to target students from other racial and ethnic groups, such as the emerging Latino population, as well as more church partners.

Of the total undergraduate students who attended Kentucky public colleges in the fall of 2009, 48.9 percent of African-American students attended KCTCS.  Although the number of African-American students attending a KCTCS college has grown, KCTCS wants to further increase enrollment and Super Sunday is intended to support this mission.

“SCC has a strong commitment to diversity and ensuring every citizen in our region has the educational opportunities they need to succeed. As a system of open access institutions, it is our responsibility to make everyone aware that a college education is within their reach,” said Dr. Marshall.  “We are thankful to the leaders of these congregations for their commitment to this cause and for welcoming us into their services.”

To read more about Somerset Community College and Super Sunday, visit http://somerset.kctcs.edu/en/Admissions/Super_Sunday.aspx.  Those with questions may also contact Elaine Wilson, SCC Director of Cultural Diversity, at elaine.wilson@kctcs.edu.