Super Sunday aims to increase college enrollment

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Now in its fourth year, Super Sunday, a statewide college recruiting event aimed at African American students and families continues to grow.

Sunday, February 23, about 44 churches across Kentucky will welcome several thousand participants for the event.

Super Sunday will feature representatives from Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC), the University of Louisville ULtra transfer program,  Simmons College and KHEAA, which will have information on financial aid.

Visitors are invited to attend church services, but they can also just come for the college fair. You do not have to be a member of the churches to participate.

Super Sunday was launched by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System in 2011 to promote higher education and to make it easier for students and their families to have access to information. It's made possible by a partnership between JCTC, First Gethsemane Baptist in Louisville and St. Stephen's three locations in Louisville, Indiana and Elizabethtown.

"Super Sunday strives to bring college information and resources to church congregations, where there is already an established support system," said Dr. Tony Newberry, president of JCTC. "With the support of families, friends, pastors and the church congregation, we can enhance a college going culture."

This year's Super Sunday Hall of Fame recipient is Verna Dorsey, a teacher at Smyrna Elementary in Louisville. Dorsey married at a young age and as a result did not attend high school. She enrolled at Jefferson in 1988 and then transferred to Spalding, where she graduated with an Education major in 2000. After taking a job at Portland Elementary School she enrolled at Indiana Wesleyan College and earned her Master's Degree in Education.

"Obstacles can be overcome in pursuit of a dream," said Dorsey. "As I look back over my journey, I thank God for my accomplishments. I often wonder what my life would have been like if I had given up. I want to encourage anyone who thinks that they can't do something to try God, because with Him you can do all things."

Louisville Events - Super Sunday Feb. 23

First Gethsemane Baptist Church
1159 Algonquin Parkway
Louisville, KY 40208
Services: 7:45 a.m. and 10:10 a.m.
College Fair: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St. Stephen Church
Family Life Center (Louisville Campus)
1018 S. 15th St.
Louisville, KY 40210
Services: 8 a.m. 9:40 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
College Fair: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Indiana Campus
2701 Veterans Parkway
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Service: 10:45 a.m.
College Fair: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hardin County
401 W. Poplar Street
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Service: 1 p.m.

For a complete list of statewide events, visit

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