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SCC honors new Hall of Fame alumni

Somerset Community College is honoring new Hall of Fame alumni John Perkins and Jonathon Wilson. As part of the Super Sunday initiative, Somerset Community College has nominated members to its Hall of Fame to highlight outstanding African-American alumni.

John L. Perkins, lifelong resident of Pulaski County, is well-known to most people in our city and county. He was educated in the Somerset City Schools and is a graduate of Somerset Community College (SCC).

Perkins began his career as a mail carrier and was later promoted to the Somerset Postmaster where he served the citizens of this area for many years. Upon retirement, Perkins became a private business entrepreneur when he opened, owned, and operated, along with his family, the Johnny Bs Restaurant - the best barbeque in the south!

A firm believer in the importance of education he has served on both the Somerset Board of Education and the Somerset Community College Board of Directors. During his tenure on SCCs board he led the community-wide effort to recognize former Somerset resident, Robert Todd Duncan, a world-renowned star of opera and Broadway, who broke down segregation barriers around the world in the 1930s. His effort resulted in Mr. Duncans induction into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame, and the Wall of Great Black Kentuckians.

Jonathon Wilson, after six years of military service, enrolled in Somerset Community College (SCC), where he earned two associate degrees. Wilson served as the Student Government Association President while attending SCC and served as the student representative on the SCC Board of Directors. During his time away from the Army, Wilson was employed as the first Safety and Security Coordinator at SCC, responsible for safety and security at all six SCC locations.

Following graduation from SCC, he continued his education at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) where he earned a bachelors degree in criminal justice, with an emphasis in police studies and a minor in psychology. Wilson was inducted into the Criminal Justice professional fraternity of Lambda Alpha Epsilon Chapter Lambda Omicron Pi his senior year at EKU.

In September 2008, Wilson moved to Washington, DC, where he served in the U.S. Marshall Service with an assignment in Superior Court. After a short time, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School, and became a commissioned officer on June 4, 2009. He has received training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri; Fort Sill near Lawton, Oklahoma; Fort Benning, Georgia; and he served as a Civil Military Operations Officer at Fort Knox, Kentucky. As of February 13, 2011, Wilson is stationed in Afghanistan as a First Lieutenant.

Somerset Community College will honor the Hall of Fame Alumni at the SCC Super Sunday event which will be held at the Davis Chapel A.M.E. Church located at 303 Main Street in Somerset, Kentucky. Dr. Jo Marshall, President and CEO of SCC, will speak at the 11:00 a.m. worship service and then a college fair will be held after the service until 3:00 p.m.

On this day, SCC and each of the other 15 Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) colleges and System office will partner with churches in their communities to host information fairs for prospective college students and their families.

Dr. Jo Marshall, President and CEO of Somerset Community College said, We want to honor John Perkins and Jonathon Wilson at our Super Sunday event. They both have been very successful in their careers and we take pride in the fact that they graduated from Somerset Community College. We also invite anyone interested in learning about the educational opportunities at SCC to Super Sunday. We will show them how to navigate the admission and financial aid process, as well as provide additional information about the programs at SCC.

Higher education for South Central Kentucky begins at Somerset Community College and so it is a vital part of the KCTCS 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 is partnering with the Davis Chapel A.M.E. Church to reach out to parents and students to promote higher education.

Super Sunday will be an annual initiative for Somerset Community College. 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.

To read more about Super Sunday, visit kctcs.edu.