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Educational Talent Search

Are you a middle or high school student in Duplin County preparing yourself for your college career?

Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a federal TRiO Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to assist eligible middle and high school students with preparing for college.  Our program stresses the importance of persistence, graduation and college matriculation.  James Sprunt Community College’s Talent Search program serves 8 schools in Duplin County: Beulaville Elementary, Kenansville Elementary, Rose Hill-Magnolia Elementary, Wallace Elementary, Warsaw Elementary, East Duplin High, James Kenan High and Wallace-Rose Hill High School.

While the ETS staff is employed through James Sprunt Community College, the program is not used as a recruitment tool for the college. Rather, participants receive assistance in applying to any college, university or other qualified institution of post-secondary education.


The following goals guide the work of the ETS staff:      

  • Identify, recruit, and select participants who have the potential to succeed in completing high school or GED programs, as well as post- secondary education
  • Familiarize participants with the college selection, admissions and financial aid application processes
  • Assess and guide participants’ interests in professional careers
  • Teach participants to use state-of-the-art technology to explore careers and colleges, and to improve their school performance
  • Provide experiences that will enhance participants’ intellectual, cultural, financial, social and personal development
  • Motivate participants to maximize their academic and personal potential.

James Sprunt Community College also hosts two additional federal TRiO Programs: Student Support Services and Upward Bound. 

ETS Documents for Download


Candice Faison
Program Director
Email:  cfaison@jamessprunt.edu
Phone:  910.275.6384

Dianne Craft
Administrative Assistant
Email:  dcraft@jamessprunt.edu
Phone:  910.275.6385

Marsha Hicks
Outreach Advisor
Email:  mhicks@jamessprunt.edu
Phone:  910.275.6381