The primary goal of Educational Talent Search is to encourage students to complete high school and to develop academic skills to assure their success in college. The program works with over 1,800 middle and high school students in grades 6 through 12 within a 12 county area. Affiliated counties include:
Those who are selected for participation in this program receive services in four major program areas: academic counseling, career counseling, financial counseling and personal counseling. These services help ensure graduation from high school and successful placement in the college or university of their choice. Talent Search also serves high school dropouts by encouraging them to re-enter the educational system and complete their high school diploma or earn their GED.
Who May Apply?
Anyone who has completed five years of elementary education or is at least 11 years of age and demonstrates potential for success in education at the postsecondary level.
Services We Offer
We offer an array of services to help our students achieve their educational goals:
- Educational Counseling: critical thinking exercises, financial literacy, learning skills exploration, needs assessments, study skills inventory, secondary and post-secondary orientation, test taking strategies, ACT preparation.
- Personal Counseling: personal inventories, anger management, goal setting, social skills enhancement, stress management, values clarification, one-on-one academic guidance, tutoring.
- Career Counseling: career interest inventory, business and industry tours, college campus visits, career exploration planning activities, mock interviews, mentoring.
- Financial Aid Counseling: scholarship information, how to get a job, budget management, assistance with post-secondary admission, assistance with financial aid search, completion of FAFSA application.
- Technology Activities: financial aid and scholarship inquiries, KEES inquiries.
- Additional Activities: cultural and academic field trips, free ACT fee waivers.
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