Educational Talent Search Early Intervention Process
ETS program effectively reaches students in grades six through 12 who have "college potential" but often do not recognize or understand their academic and career options beyond high school. The Talent Search coordinator and counselor(s) work one-on-one with each student. Unlike traditional counseling programs, ETSP professionals get to know each student on a personable basis, and they are personally committed to the success of their students. Over a period of months and years the EST professionals build both personal and professional relationships with their students. The staff creates a climate of support for students as they strive to move out of poverty and dependence. As a result of the climate of support and positive relationships, many of our participants who graduate from college return to encourage and inspire current students.
Two-thirds of the students in the ETS program come from families with incomes under $24,000 (family of four), where neither parent graduated from college. In most cases, parents have no higher education experience, and do not understand the post secondary process and do not necessarily value higher education.
Many students in the ETS program receive instructions in literature, composition, foreign languages, mathematics and science. Students receive assistance in completing college admission and financial aid applications, tutorial services and exposure to cultural and recreational events. ETS program staff is consistently available to their students; to enable them to meet during the evening or on the weekend, summer and if necessary visit students at home to discuss courses or career plans.
Improvements are measurable in: