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Songfest Kicks Off Gateway's Annual Super Sunday Recruiting Fair

A songfest featuring five local choirs or performance groups will highlight the fourth annual Super Sunday recruiting fair hosted by Gateway Community & Technical College and the New Hope Christian Center in Newport on Feb. 23 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

The event is part of a statewide outreach by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to attract more students of all backgrounds to attend KCTCS colleges.

Super Sunday has become an annual opportunity for Gateway to reinforce to all students that a quality education is the best preparation for a good job, said Gateway President and CEO Ed Hughes.

Studies have shown that most of today's jobs require at least an associate degree. Super Sunday is designed to let all students know that, yes, college is within their reach and that a college credential is what will lead them to a high-paying job in a career field that is currently in demand, Hughes added.

The event begins with a songfest featuring the voices or music of Kiara Johnson, Alicia Russell, Samantha Hall, Samara Hall, Philip Hall Jr., Hannah Thomas and Christopher Tomas of the New Hope Christian Center; the Robbins Street Christian Church Youth Choir; DeMarco Hambrick with the Second Baptist Church and Holmes High School; and the Holmes Middle School Choir under the direction of Rex Scholar.

The event includes a short ceremony featuring remarks by Pastor Chuck Russell and Ed Hughes, Gateway president/CEO, said Michael Lee, director of Inclusion and Cultural Initiatives and Super Sunday coordinator. After the music, the event transforms into Super Someday, which is intended to help participants realize their life goals.

We want every prospective student, of any age, any background, any color and any financial means to understand that they can go to college, they can earn a degree and they can get a high-paying job, Lee added. Anyone can believe in the college dream and, with the right support, resources and information, can achieve that dream. Super Sunday will provide the information.

The recruiting fair will feature information on admissions, financial aid, academic programs, student success services, disability services, and other Gateway programs and services.

The fair is free and open to the public, Lee said. Gateway provides a wealth of career and transfer education opportunities, and this is the time for anyone to find out how to use them to prepare for a better future.

The New Hope Christian Center is located at 941 Central Avenue in Newport. For more information about Super Sunday, contact Michael Lee at 859-815-7799, or Tyneah Harris, 859-442-1601,