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WKCTC and Local Churches Partner to Celebrate Five Years of Sharing Education Message Yes, You Can Go to College

On February 22, West Kentucky Community and Technical College will again partner with local churches for Super Sunday, a statewide initiative to encourage African-American and Latino students to get a college education. This year marks the fifth anniversary for the information fairs that allow WKCTC representatives to connect with prospective college students and their families.

WKCTC and each of the other 15 colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) as well as the system office have joined pastors all across Kentucky to promote the importance of education and to share the same message with their congregations Yes, You Can Go to College.

The partner churches for WKCTCs Super Sunday 2015 are Just Faith Ministries and New Greater Love Missionary Baptist Church. The two congregations will join together on February 22 for one service at New Greater Love Missionary Baptist Church, located at 1249 N. 12th Street. The service begins at 10:45 a.m. with the information fair immediately following in the church fellowship hall.

WKCTC President Barbara Veazey and Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler will speak briefly during the service. Kaler will present Pastor LaRita Horton of New Greater Love Missionary Baptist Church and Dr. Gwen Duncan, pastor of Just Faith Ministries, with a Super Sunday proclamation. WKCTC students will also share stories about overcoming adversity, career preparation and how education has changed their lives.

During the fair, WKCTC representatives will be available following the service to talk with potential students and their parents about the admission and enrollment process, financial aid, scholarship opportunities, available programs and services, and answer any educational questions from Super Sunday participants.

Each year, all KCTCS colleges choose someone who has excelled in life as a result of attending college and earning a degree to be in the Super Sunday Hall of Fame. This year, Paducah Tilghman graduate Cecil Barnette is the WKCTC Hall of Fame recipient. Barnette, a five-year veteran of the U.S. Army, earned an associate in applied science degree in architectural drafting and design from WKCTC in 2006. He went on to earn a bachelors degree in construction engineering from Murray State University in 2011 and is currently pursuing a masters degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, one of only four online architectural programs in the country.

A husband and father of five, Barnette works for Ace Design Group in Murray as a design project manager and architectural engineer, and hopes to start his own architectural business in the future. He said going to community college is a great springboard into higher education. You can earn an associate degree at a community college and then realize that you can
do it and then go on to the major universities, Barnette said. Just take a leap of faith.

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