2021-2022 Catalog

TRIO 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.

Program Support Services include assistance with:

  • SAT/ACT test registration and preparation
  • Study and test taking skills
  • Connections to tutoring
  • Course selection and registration 
  • College applications 
  • FAFSA completion
  • College and career tours
  • Financial literacy
  • Cultural enrichment activities

All services and activities are free for participants.