SCC Sponsoring Two Super Sunday Events at Area African-American Churches

banner image of male student_news & events Super Sunday College Fair logo 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 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.

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 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. “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, at elaine.wilson@kctcs.edu.