Owensboro Community & Technical College (OCTC) will observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, January 19 partnering with the Owensboro Human Relations Commission, and Daviess County High School (DCHS) KWC, Brescia, Daviess County Public Schools and Owensboro Public Schools. A march will begin at 9AM from DCHS to OCTC, with a program scheduled to begin at 10AM in OCTC’s Blandford Hall. The keynote speaker will be OCTC Associate Professor, Chad Gesser, who will present “A Call For Social Action”.
In addition, OCTC is celebrating its fifth annual Super Sunday initiative on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Coordinated through the Office of Diversity and International Student Affairs, Associate Dean Lewatis McNeil commented, “This is the 5th anniversary of this initiative and we strive to reach more of our community each year. As part of this expansive reach we are partnering with Mount Calvary Baptist Church for this year’s event.” Pastor Andre Bradley is excited to participate in this annual community outreach event. The church service will begin at 10:45am with the college fair immediately following the service at 12:30pm in the fellowship hall. Many college programs will be represented at the event, including admissions, financial aid, and career exploration.
OCTC, the KCTCS System Office and the other 15 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) are celebrating their fifth year partnering with African-American and Latino churches throughout the state to host college information fairs for prospective students and their families. Since 2011, 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 effort is paying off resulting in increased college attendance among African- Americans and Latinos in Kentucky.
A full list of Super Sunday event locations can be found at super-sunday.org. Each event is open to the public, and people of all ages are invited to attend. Research shows students begin contemplating college as early as elementary school, so students from K-12, their parents and families are the key audience for Super Sunday.