The Educational Talent Search program serves students in grades six through twelve who are from either first generation or low income families. The primary purpose of the Educational Talent Search program is to prepare students for successful entry into any level of post secondary education. Our goal is to improve academic performance, facilitate smooth transitions from one level of education to the next and increase student motivation and college awareness.
Educational Talent Search Brochure
A Note from the Director
As I look back on the past years, the Educational Talent Search Program is filled with appreciation of what we’ve accomplished. With continued support and support from the Duplin County School System, we will continue to help participants in completing secondary education, enrolling in post secondary education, and reaching our other goals and objectives as outlined.
We always plan exciting trips and college tours for our participants. All participants are encouraged to participate in all activities that are offered. Some services and activities are geared directly to our high school participants. However, there will be programs and activities for all ETS participants throughout the year. I ask all participants to stay in touch with their Outreach Advisors. Mrs. Felita Carr and Ms. Candice Faison will be located at any of the seven schools (Beulaville, E.E. Smith, Charity, Warsaw, James Kenan, East Duplin, or Wallace-Rose Hill). At other times they can be located at James Sprunt Community College in Kenansville. We ask that any parent or student who may need additional information to contact me or any staff member.
Roszena Devione-Bivens, ETS Director
Upward Bound is a federally funded program that provides eligible students with academic support services and activities that will enhance their academic skills, thereby ensuring that these students will complete high school and enroll in and complete programs of post-secondary education.
The Upward Bound Program at James Sprunt Community College has a director, coordinator, two pre-college advisers, part-time instructors and tutors, and an administrativeÂ assistantÂ who provide an array of academic, educational and career support.
- Academic instruction in Math through pre-calculus, English, Spanish, Science and Science Lab.
- Academic advice and assistance in secondary school course selection.
- Assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations.
- Guidance in secondary school reentry and entry to programs of post-secondary education.
- Exposure to careers in which disadvantaged individuals are particularly underrepresented.
- Personal, academic, educational, financial, social and career counseling.
- Tutorial services in Math, Science, English, Spanish and other high school courses.
- Exposure to college campuses as well as cultural events, academic programs, and other sites or activities not usually available to low-income youth.
- Orientation workshops for the parents of current students.
- Supplementary academic skills workshops such as study skills and test taking skills.
- Mentoring programs involving the college faculty, staff and students.
Students who are enrolled in one of the four area high schools. At the time of initial selection, the student must be in either the 9th or 10th grade. Each participant must have a need for academic support in order to pursue successfully a program of education beyond secondary school. All participants must be either low-income or potential first generation college students.
James Sprunt Community College in the Strickland Student Center. Get more information by downloading a PDF in English or Spanish .