Statewide event strives to increase minority college graduates

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Just as there is every Sunday, there was a warm welcome inside First Gethsemane Baptist Church. As folks walked in from the brisk air outside, they were greeted by representatives from colleges and universities across Kentucky.

Sixteen colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System partnered with African American churches this weekend. They're striving to reach minorities who may not have the time or resources to explore higher education.

Inquiring minds had a chance to pick up pamphlets and do a little one stop career shopping.

"Its a good idea. Especially for people who work like me full-time and can't get out and get information," Tanika Betts said.

Betts and other church goers had a chance to ask questions and get answers about furthering their education. Representatives from University of Louisville and Jefferson Community and Technical College set up informational booths to spread the word about degree programs.

"It can be a little bit daunting to figure out what that first step is. Then, taking the steps along the way, so we're pleased to be part of that," Dr. Terri Hernandez said. Hernandez represented University of Louisville's Admissions Department.

"I think it's awesome. It gives the children the chance and adults the chance to learn about the education programs they offer," Barbara Basley said.

The event, dubbed Super Sunday, was launched in 2011 when all 16 KCTS colleges and the system office partnered with African American churches to provide information about degree and career opportunities. The effort is expected to reach 4,000 people.

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