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Henderson Community College Sponsoring First Super Sunday Event

Henderson Community College is sponsoring its first Super Sunday event on Sunday, February 27 as one of the first three outcomes of the new Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) diversity plan. On this day, Henderson Community College and each of the other 15 KCTCS colleges and System office will partner with churches in their communities to host informational 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.

Henderson Community College will sponsor Super Sunday at the Greater Norris Chapel Baptist Church on Sunday, February 27, 2011. Church services begin at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Charles Johnson delivering the sermon. Dr. Kris Williams, President/CEO of Henderson Community College, will speak briefly followed by the college fair from 1:30 3:00 p.m. in the lower level of the church.

Higher education for Henderson begins at Henderson Community College, 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. HCC will partner with The Greater Norris Chapel Baptist Church 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, 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 KCTCS President Michael B. McCall.

Super Sunday will be an annual initiative for HCC. 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 Dr. McCall.

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 bidder s application by visiting kctcs.edu. Click on Vendors and follow the link to the bidder s 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 Super Sunday, visit kctcs.edu.