2020-2021 Catalog

Educational Talent Search Program

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a federally-funded, college access program facilitated by Western Piedmont Community College. ETS works cooperatively with Burke County Public Schools to provide identified, eligible participants in grades 6-12 with additional academic and career counseling to help maximize their success in school and life. Participants are selected during their middle school years based upon the following criteria: academic potential (on grade-level or above) for success at the post-secondary level, first generation college student, and income requirements established by the federal government. Specific emphasis is placed upon completion of high school, the expectation of enrollment in a program of post-secondary education, and post-secondary completion.

Services provided include academic support such as improving study skills and test taking skills, including SAT/ACT preparation and test registration; assistance with class selection and registration; tours of colleges; and help with completing college applications and applying for financial aid. Careers are also explored through interest inventories, business, industry, and agency tours. Additionally, participants are given the opportunity to participate in various cultural enrichment activities. All services and activities are provided without charge to participants and parents.