“YES YOU CAN” Is the Message as KCTCS Kicks Off Super Sunday

Frankfort, KY (February 12, 2013) – The echoes of a choir singing “Yes You Can” said it all at a Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Super Sunday press event today at the Capitol. Super Sunday is an annual student recruitment initiative specifically targeting African-American students and their families. On February 24, KCTCS and each of its 16 colleges will partner with African-American churches in their communities to host information fairs for prospective college students and their families.

“As a former mayor and now as Lt. Governor, I share your desire to promote higher education around the state, more importantly to encourage early planning for college with the involvement of parents and community leaders,” said Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson.

In addition to the Lieutenant Governor, the event was attended by KCTCS President Michael B. McCall, KCTCS Board of Regents Chair P.G. Peeples and representatives from all of the 16 colleges, including outstanding African-American alumni named to the Super Sunday Hall of Fame. Also in attendance were state legislators, community leaders and pastors from several of the participating churches.

“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.

On Super Sunday, more than 5,000 prospective college students and their families are expected to attend the statewide college fairs sponsored by KCTCS and its 16 colleges. 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.

“Attending college and obtaining a degree put me on the path to success and it can do the same for other minorities,” said KCTCS Board of Regents Chair and Hall of Fame Alumnus P.G. Peeples. “Students need on-going information, support and guidance prior to college, as well as each step along their educational journey.”

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.

This event is patterned after a highly successful program at California State University, now in its seventh year, that is credited with substantially increasing the college-going rate of African-American students in California.

To learn more about Super Sunday in Kentucky, visit supersunday.kctcs.edu.