Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will host its fifth-annual Super
Sunday event at noon, Sunday, March 29, at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
in Pikeville. Super Sunday is a student recruitment initiative specifically targeting
African-American and Latino students.
BSCTC will join Kentucky Community and Technical College System colleges across the
state to connect with prospective college students and their families.
Super Sunday helps to eliminate the roadblocks many students face when pursuing their
higher education goals, said KCTCS President Jay Box. Through our partnerships, we
are able to encourage youth to pursue their dreams directly from the pulpit.
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. On
Super Sunday, thousands of prospective college students and their families are expected
to attend the statewide college fairs. Many will take place at African-American and
Latino churches, and the church service will be followed by a college fair with college
representatives on hand as advocates to assist with college planning, admissions,
scholarships and financial aid information.
Dr. Charles Chrestman, interim president and CEO of BSCTC, said Super Sunday presents
an opportunity for the college to spread its message of quality higher education close
to home to the African-American community in the Big Sandy region.
A college education is not out of reach for anyone, said Dr. Chrestman. Since 2008,
more than 21,000 first-generation college students have enrolled at BSCTC. Through
financial aid and scholarships, students can attend college, complete a degree, further
their education or earn a credential and go to work.
To date, KCTCS has partnered with more than 150 churches and has shared the Yes You
Can Go to College message with more than 33,000 individuals. This community-based
outreach has been extremely beneficial, resulting in increased attendance among diverse
students at KCTCS colleges statewide. In fall 2014, 14.4 percent of the total student
population self-identified as being African-American, Latino or two or more races.
This represents a 19 percent increase since fall 2010.
To learn more about Super Sunday in Kentucky, visit super-sunday.org