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SCC sponsoring first annual Super Sunday event at African-American church

Somerset Community College is sponsoring its first Super Sunday event on February 27 as one of the first three outcomes of the new Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) diversity plan. On this day, Somerset Community College and each of the other 15 KCTCS colleges and System office will partner with churches in their communities to host information fairs for prospective college students and their families. The other two outcomes are the KCTCS diversity supplier program, and a transfer agreement with Berea College.

SCC will sponsor Super Sunday at Davis Chapel AME, 303 North Main Street, Somerset, at 11:00 a.m. on February 27.

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 Davis Chapel AME 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.

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.

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.

The supplier diversity program recently began and it includes a communications, outreach and development program designed to increase the number of companies owned by differently-abled persons, minorities, veterans and women who supply services and products to KCTCS colleges and the System office. Anyone interested in becoming a diverse supplier for KCTCS can complete a bidders application by visiting kctcs.edu. Click on Vendors and follow the link to the bidders application form.

The third outcome began last spring, when KCTCS signed a unique transfer agreement with Berea College with the goal of eventually tripling the number of transfer students from KCTCS. This agreement began with five KCTCS colleges as a pilot program and has now expanded to include all 16 colleges. The agreement includes an African-American Transfer Initiative to encourage African-American students to attend KCTCS and receive an associate degree, and then transfer coursework to Berea College.

To read more about Somerset Community College and Super Sunday, visit somerset.kctcs.edu.

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell Counties. Call for admission and registration information toll free at 1-877-629-9722.