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Educational TALENT SEARCH is a federally sponsored program hosted by SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY A & M, Baton Rouge Campus. ETS, is a pre-college prep program for low-income, potential first-generation college students who at the secondary level indicates the potential for postsecondary success. A systematic program of activities and services provided are designed to enhance emonstrated abilities and improve required skills to insure the possibility of continued success throughout secondary and post secondary training programs. The purpose of the program is to encourage, motivate, and assist middle and high school students and dropouts to progressively continue in secondary school, graduate, and pursue post-secondary training.

What do we do?

The Educational TALENT SEARCH Projects at Southern University and A&M , Baton Rouge (SUBR), Louisiana provides program services to 1600 disadvantaged participants in the target area of South Central Louisiana. The targeted area encompasses eleven (11) parishes, both rural and urban communities, with the majority of participants coming from rural communities.

Three hundred (300) participants from the middle school grades are provided with an extensive intense comprehensive program, providing:

  • Career advisement

  • Personal-social guidance

  • Cultural experiences

To further enhance growth in the intellectual, social, and recreational attributes of society.

The program emphasizes academics, personal-social and career guidance, as well as, cultural experiences to enhance growth and motivate the desire for all participants to succeed and to reach his/her fullest potential.

The developmental programs are designed to address the increasing needs of target area participants, and through implementation of intensified monthly services, activities, and techniques, generate academic skills and motivations that will enable participants to complete a secondary education program and to subsequently gain admission to postsecondary institutions.

Educational Talent Search - Classic

The Classic is an outreach program of guidance providing academic and interpersonal advisement and support for low-income, potentially first-generation college students in middle and high school, in grades 6 through 12. The Classic Program increases the opportunity for students' successful performance throughout secondary and post secondary educational programs. Additionally, the project provides information and technical assistance for post secondary school admission, scholarships, and student financial aid programs.

Educational Talent Search - Project EXCEL

Project EXCEL is an aggressive outreach program of academic preparation and guidance counseling for low-income, potential first-generation college students in grades 6 and 12. Project EXCEL provides a program to increase performances of academically talented students who demonstrate abilities and skills, but lack interest and motivation for a college education. The Project implements academic and psychological stimuli to increase the desire for a bachelor's degree. The early intervention of the preparation component incorporates tutoring, motivational counseling, exposure, incentive, and educational experiences to promote the desire for a college education.

For more information contact:
Educational Talent Search,
Patricia Doucet, Executive Director,
Honors College Building, #187
P.O. Box 9694
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
Phone: (225) 771-5100
Fax: (225) 771-3507