Educational Talent Search

Academic Advisement
The ETS outreach staff conducts a variety of grade specific academic advisement workshops including: early awareness educational activities for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, course selection, college pre-enrollment academic admission requirements for high school level participants, academic advisement workshops for the families of participants, high school and college adjustment seminars, and standardized test administration procedures.  In addition, the staff also makes referrals to other academic or community based drop-out prevention educational programs  (i.e. Upward Bound, EOC, mentoring programs, tutorial services, and/or homework hotlines).

Academic Assessments
The ETS program administers the “Learning and Study Strategies Inventory” (LASSI-HS) to provide information to its participants on how they learn and study, along with information on how they feel about learning and studying. The program’s staff uses this information in conjunction with the participant’s academic transcript and target school counselor to assess the student’s educational need for program services.

Career Counseling and Assessments
The ETS outreach staff conducts career exploration, career counseling, achievement assessment, and aptitude evaluation for all of its target school participants.  Staff utilizes  the “Harrington-Oshea Career Decision-Making System”(CDM) and the “Georgia Career Information System”(GCIS) in order to assist students in identifying and evaluating their career interests.

College Entrance Exam Preparation
The ETS Program provides College Fee Waivers and assistance in preparing for standardized college entrance exams for its high school level participants. The ETS program provides target school participants with free standardized test preparation workshops at all of its target schools and provides test information presentation for interested parents.

College Admissions and Financial Aid Application Assistance
The ETS Outreach Staff provides a variety of information on post secondary education and college financial aid assistance. The staff also provides assistance to both target school participants and their parents in completing college admissions and financial aid applications. This assistance is designed to measurable increase the number of ETS participants who apply for College Financial Aid and successfully enroll in a program of post-secondary education.

College Visitation Tours and Cultural Trips
ETS Field Trips for middle and high school participants, attending ETS target schools, in order to provide them with exposure to college campuses, cultural sites and for career investigations at local industries/businesses. ETS Field Trips are designed to motivate participants to stay in school, graduate, and then enroll in post-secondary education by showing the benefits of college campus life and increasing their awareness of the potential of higher education in successfully enriching their future lives.

Personal Counseling
The ETS outreach staff conducts any type of personal academic, financial, career, or interpersonal counseling that its participants may express or demonstrate a need for in order to increase their chances of staying in school and successfully enrolling in post-secondary education. In addition, the staff will make referrals to other supportive/social services type programs (i.e. community, government, Upward Bound, EOC, mentoring programs, tutorial services, and/or homework hotlines).