LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A small, historically black college in Louisville that was founded by former slaves has celebrated a new achievement - gaining national accreditation that will spur new growth.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth joined in the celebration Monday at Simmons College of Kentucky.
The school's president, Kevin Cosby, says that 135 years after the school's birth, the "light has gotten brighter" at the private college. The school gained accreditation from the Association of Biblical Higher Education.
Paul, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016, has been reaching out to black voters. He said Monday there's "no greater equalizer" than education, and said he hopes Simmons graduates make contributions to better society.
The college has about 130 students but hopes to double enrollment in the fall by adding new programs.
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