Educational Talent Search
What is ETS?
The goal of the Educational Talent Search (ETS) program is to help students prepare to attend the college or university of their choice. ETS is a college access program serving students who are enrolled in any grade from six through twelve and who attend or live in the target areas of Walnut Ridge and Briggs High Schools, Johnson Park, Sherwood, Hilltonia, and Wedgewood Middle Schools.
Select adult students under the age of 27 may also qualify for TRiO ETS services. ETS is funded largely by $240,000 per year granted from the US Department of Education.
One of the federally funded TRiO Programs, the goals of the ETS Program are to:
- Identify qualified youths with potential for education at the post-secondary level and to encourage these students to complete secondary school and to undertake a program of post-secondary education
- Publicize the availability of student financial assistance available to persons who pursue a program of post-secondary education
- Encourage persons who have not completed programs of education at the secondary or post-secondary level, but who have the ability to complete such programs, to reenter such programs
Columbus State’s Educational Talent Search Program creates a relaxed and fun environment in which participants learn and grow.
ETS offers its participants many exciting and rewarding opportunities like the ones listed below.
- Development of interpersonal skills
- Study skills, decision making, financial literacy, and goal setting
- Academic advising and assistance with course selection
- Academic tutoring
- Personal and career counseling
- Guidance on secondary school reentry or entry to other programs leading to a
secondary school diploma or its equivalent
- Exposure to college campuses
- Assistance in completing financial aid applications
- Help in preparing for college entrance exams
- Assistance in selecting, applying to, and enrolling in educational programs
after high school
- Workshops and counseling for parents