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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), a federally funded TRIO program of the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to assist participants in reaching their academic potential. The program assists students who meet federal income guidelines and those who may be the first in their families to go to college. The services of ETS are intended to support those selected students in the target schools of Duplin County, North Carolina.

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.

Purpose

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.

 

Middle School Component

ETS at James Sprunt Community College serves the following K-8 schools: Beulaville Elem., Kenansville, Elem., Rose Hill-Magnolia Elem., Wallace Elem. and Warsaw Elem.

6th Grade

  • Goal Setting
  • Self Esteem
  • Decision Making
  • Study Skills/Test Taking
  • Learning Styles
  • College Awareness
  • Tutorial
  • Summer Adventures

7th Grade

  • Goal Setting
  • Decision Making
  • Career Inventory or Assessment
  • Career Awareness
  • College Awareness
  • Summer Adventures

8th Grade

  • Goal Setting
  • Career Awareness and Inventory
  • College Awareness
  • Preparing for High School
  • Summer Adventures

High School Component

ETS at James Sprunt Community College serves the following high schools: James Kenan, Wallace-Rose Hill, and East Duplin. Services may include:

9th Grade

  • Educational Track for 2- or 4-Year Colleges
  • Academic Skills Development
  • Learning Styles
  • Appreciating Diversity
  • Goal Setting
  • Mentoring
  • Tutorial

10th Grade

  • PSAT Overview and Preparation
  • Study Skills/Test Taking
  • Mentoring
  • College Majors and Career Fields
  • Goal Setting
  • Tutorial

11th Grade

  • PSAT Overview and Preparation
  • Selecting the Right Colleges
  • Using College Information Resources
  • Financial Aid Overview
  • SAT/ACT Registration Assistance
  • Preparing for Senior Year
  • Tutorial
  • Mentoring

12th Grade

  • Senior Checklist
  • College Admissions Overview
  • College Application Assistance
  • SAT/ACT Assistance
  • Financial Aid Form Assistance
  • Understanding a College Catalogue
  • College Survival Skills

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

ETS Documents for Download

CONTACT INFO

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:  910.275.6380

Spaanity Newton
Outreach Advisor
Email:  snewton@jamessprunt.edu
Phone:  910.275.6381