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Southeast sponsoring Super Sunday event at African-American church

Southeast Kentucky Community amp; Technical 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, Southeast 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.

SKCTC will sponsor the Super Sunday event at Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 409 First Street in Lynch beginning at 11 a.m. on February 27. Rev. Ronnie Hampton, pastor, will speak as well as Dr. W. Bruce Ayers, president of the college. We at Southeast Kentucky Community amp; Technical College are honored to have been invited to share our message of higher education with the church family, said Ayers. A team of college staff and faculty will be present during the event to discuss opportunities at the college.

Higher education opportunities for individuals living in southestern Kentucky often begin at SKCTC, 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. Southeast will partner with the Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church of Lynch to reach out to parents and students in order 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, 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 SKCTCs Ayers.

Super Sunday will be an annual initiative for Southeast. 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. 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 that a college education is within their reach, said Ayers.

To read more about Super Sunday, visit kctcs.edu or contact Carolyn Sundy, SKCTC Cumberland campus, phone 589-3052.