“Yes You Can” is the message today at Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Super Sunday events across the state. KCTCS and each of its 16 colleges are sponsoring the annual 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.”

More than 5,000 prospective college students and their families are expected to attend the college fairs at 44 statewide African-American and Latino churches. Following the worship service, college representatives will provide information on admissions, degree programs, financial aid, transfer opportunities and more. 

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.

“More of Kentucky’s youth are attending college, but students of color are still not proportionately represented in college attendance or graduation rates,” said KCTCS Board of Regents Chair and Hall of Fame Alumni P.G. Peeples. “We have to change that. We have to continue to spread the message that a college degree can put you on the path to success.”

Since the inception of Super Sunday in February 2011, the enrollment of diverse students at KCTCS has steadily increased. African-American, Hispanic and other students of color represent more than 13 percent of KCTCS’ total student enrollment.

Super Sunday is patterned after a highly successful program at California State University, now in its eighth 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 super-sunday.org.