Community and technical colleges across Kentucky hosted Super Sunday today, an event aimed at minority recruitment.
When Mariah Young chose to go to college, she wanted to stay local, but she thought her choices were limited.
"My mindset was basically focused on Western, until a church member of mine told me about Super Sunday, and it was here at my church," she says.
For Mariah, South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College offered her the one-on-one attention she needed to prepare for a four-year program.
"A person is going to have to have more than a high school diploma in order to enter the workforce successfully," says SKYTCS President, Dr. Nathan Hodges.
"Education is kind of like a foundation of a house. If you go a good foundation you can build a good house on it, but you can build a good house on a bad foundation and give it a little time and it will crumble and fall," says State Street Baptist Church Pastor, Rev. Freddie Brown.
Rev. Brown says his church works as a central location for prospective students.
He says a two-year college can be the key for success, or for several like Mariah, it's a stepping stone on the way.
"It pretty much opened my eyes and was a preparation to get me ready to go to Western," she says.
President Hodges says Super Sunday has increased minority enrollment from four percent to 15 percent since it was introduced to prospective students three years ago.
This year Super Sunday was extended to the Hispanic community at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Addi Hernandez is a former SKYTCS student; she says most parents of Hispanic teenagers don't speak English, leaving them on their own when it comes choosing a college.
"We really didn't have a lot of resources to go to college. We didn't know how to. But once I was able to get started, everything that I learned at the college, I was able to extend into the community," she says.
She says higher education is key in any population for a successful future.