The Talent Search program is an academically based, counseling program that prepares its participants to obtain and further their educational goals. The program serves 807 individuals who are middle and high school students, drop-outs, and veterans by generating interest in pursuing a post-secondary education. Eligible participants must be resident of Bulloch, Emanuel, Jenkins, or Screven Counties, be enrolled in the 6th through 12th grades or be a high school/postsecondary school dropout; be a potential first-generation college student or meet the economic guidelines for low-income families; possess the potential to be successful at the postsecondary educational level, be at least 11 years of age, or be a veteran, regardless of age. Students enrolled in the program are encouraged to attend Academic Sessions on selected Saturdays.
The program provides the following services: Academic, Personal and Career Counseling; Basic Skill Classes, Connections to Tutoring, Cultural Enrichment and Educational Travel; Assistance with College Selection and Financial Aid; A Summer Program, SAT & ACT Preparation and Fee Waivers; Motivational and Self-Esteem Activities; Workshops on Financial Aid, Study Skills and Personal Growth; Literature on Postsecondary Programs; Parental involvement Activities; Referrals to Regional Math & Science Programs.