Somerset Community College is sponsoring two Super Sunday events on February 12 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 at South Maple Street First Baptist Church, 309 South
Maple Street, Somerset, at 11 a.m. and at Altamont Baptist Church, 1110 Littontown
Road, East Bernstadt, at 11:30 a.m. Both events will be February 12.
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. SCC President and CEO Dr. Jo Marshall will be speaking at the South Maple
Street First Baptist Church and Lois McWhorter, Associate Dean of Business and Professional
Services, will be speaking at Altamont Baptist Church.
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
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 second 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
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 Bro. James Barleston
and Rev. Terry Jackson for their commitment to this cause and to their congregations
for welcoming us into their services.
To read more about Somerset Community College and Super Sunday, visit somerset.kctcs.edu
. Those with questions may also contact Elaine Wilson, SCC Director of Cultural Diversity,