WHAT IS TALENT SEARCH?
Talent Search is designed for students who have a desire to pursue their education beyond high school. It is a free program for all students and is made possible by Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority by funding from the US Department of Education.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Students in grades 7-12 who are first generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) or who are financially eligible under the federal guidelines and/or possess the the dream of continuing their education after their graduation from high school.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
TS students have an action plan developed by a Talent Search Educational Advisor. The plan focuses on academic, social and motivational needs. Academic monitoring includes checking academic progress within the school year by working with teachers and guidance counselors. Students are assisted in career choices through workshops, career assessments, online career and college searches; and travel to visit colleges. Tutoring or referral to tutoring services is offered to students who show a need in their grades.
Activities and experiences are provided to increase students' self-esteem, confidence, and interpersonal skills. College preparation includes ACT/SAT workshops, assistance with college applications, assistance with financial aid applications and exploring student interests and skills. The Talent Search summer program includes living on campus, college tours, trips to historic and cultural places that will enhance a student's sense of confidence while giving them a true college life experience.
WHERE DO WE WORK?
Currently Talent Search is serving high school students at Campbell County High School, Claiborne County High School, Jelico High School and Scott County High School in Tennessee. In Kentucky we serve Harlan County High School, Middlesboro High School and Pineville High School. We are also working with the 7th & 8th grade classes at Robbins Middle School in Scott County, Tennessee.