Simmons College becomes nationally accredited

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —More than 135 years ago, Simmons College was founded by free slaves.

That was in 1879, and now Simmons is taking a big step forward in terms of education in Louisville.

Simmons and the other surrounding buildings have stood as the birthplace for higher education for African Americans in Kentucky.

The college is now national accredited, standing as the first private historically black college in the state of Kentucky..

Located in the 14th poorest zip code in America, Simmons continues its focus on educational attainment of west Louisville and other underserved communities in the area..

With this historic milestone, Simmons strengthens its ability to meet a resurgence of people wanting to be educated, not just in Louisville, but throughout the state.

Beginning this fall, the college will diversify its curriculum with new bachelors and associates programs.

Simmons will also gain other opportunities by being designated as an HBCU or Historically Black College or University.

One of the largest private foundations in Kentucky, the Gheens foundation awarded Simmons $2 million, which will be used to further help the school in its growth.