Versailles, KY (Vocus/PRWEB) February 24, 2011
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is sponsoring its first Super Sunday event on February 27. Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed this day as the Kentucky Community and Technical College Super Sunday Day in Kentucky. On this day, the KCTCS System office and each of its 16 colleges will partner with African-American churches in their communities to host college information fairs for prospective college students and their families.
On Super Sunday, more than 5,000 prospective college students and their families are expected to attend. Many will take place at African-American churches and the church service will be followed by a college fair with college representatives on hand as advocates to assist with admissions and financial aid information.
Higher education begins at KCTCS for most Kentuckians, 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.
“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,” said KCTCS President Michael B. McCall. “Events like Super Sunday are essential to helping students connect with advocates who will help them understand the wide range of career and educational offerings available.”
This event is patterned after a highly successful program at California State University, now in its sixth year, which is credited with substantially increasing the college-going rate of African-American students in California.
Super Sunday will be an annual initiative for KCTCS. 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.
By working as advocates for these students and partnering with churches in local communities, KCTCS hopes to create partnerships and programs to stop the leakage that exists in Kentucky’s educational pipeline, resulting in only 57 percent of minority students graduating from high school, 42 percent entering college and eight percent graduating from college.
“KCTCS has a strong commitment to diversity and ensuring every citizen in this state has the educational opportunities they need to succeed. As a system of open access institutions, it is our responsibility to make everyone aware a college education is within their reach,” said Dr. McCall.
To read more about Super Sunday, visit kctcs.edu.
Super Sunday will be celebrated at the following locations on Sunday, February 27. Everyone is invited to attend:
Ashland Community and Technical College
Christ Temple Church
2601 Lexington Ave.
Ashland, KY 41101
Big Sandy Community and Technical College
Church of God Militant, Pillar and Ground of Truth
117 Redale Road
Pikeville, KY 41501
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Consolidated Baptist Church
1625 Russell Cave Road
Lexington, KY 40505
Bowling Green Technical College
State Street Baptist Church
340 State Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
Vaughn Reno Starks Community Center
107 Bishop Lane
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Gateway Community and Technical College
GCTC Urban Center
525 Scott Boulevard
Covington, KY 41011
Hazard Community and Technical College
Consolidated Baptist Church
Broadway and Winterberry
Hazard, KY 41701
Henderson Community College
Greater Norris Chapel Baptist Church
937 Washington Street
Henderson, KY 42420
Hopkinsville Community College
904 N. Main Street
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Jefferson Community and Technical College
First Gethsemane Baptist Church
1159 Algonquin Parkway
Louisville, KY 40208
Kentucky Community and Technical College System
First Baptist Church
233 S. Main Street
Versailles, KY 40383
Madisonville Community College
Eastview Baptist Church
159 E. North Street
Madisonville, KY 42431
Maysville Community and Technical College
11 am. Church service
12:30 p.m. College fair
Scott United Methodist Church
118 E. Fourth Street
Maysville, KY 41056
Owensboro Community and Technical College
H.L. Neblett Community Center
801 W. Fifth St.
Owensboro, KY 42301
Somerset Community College
Davis Chapel AME
303 N. Main St.
Somerset, KY 42501
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church
409 First Street
Lynch, KY 40855
West Kentucky Community and Technical College
Greater Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church
1324 Bloomfield Avenue
Paducah, KY 42001
Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church
1201 S. 8th Street
Paducah, KY 42002
For most Kentuckians, higher education begins at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Our statewide system of 16 colleges, 68 campuses and more than 100,000 students is a critical component to transforming the state’s economy by providing citizens with the education and training needed for high growth, high wage careers. For more information, visit kctcs.edu.