Four local colleges join forces to boost college readiness


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Four Louisville-based colleges have announced that they will jointly launch the Signature Partnership Education Access Center, a facility to help adult learners work toward a college degree. The center will open Feb. 1 in Parrish Hall, Simmons College of Kentucky, 1015 S. Eighth St.

    The center was partially funded by Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education and its partners are Jefferson Community and Technical College, Simmons College, Spalding University and the University of Louisville. It will target underserved populations, primarily in West Louisville, by offering adult learners assistance with diagnostic testing and advising, choosing a college, applying for financial aid and preparing for college-level classwork.

    Mark Hebert
    Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.