Educational Talent Search
Educational Talent Search (ETS) counselors work with 6 high schools and 6 middle
schools in Richland County, serving over 900 students each year with grade-specific
services that help students prepare for college. Services and activities, such as leadership
conferences and college fairs for middle school students, cultural enrichment activities,
college visits, and etiquette training for 8th grade students, are designed to encourage an interest in higher education.
Beginning their work with students in the sixth grade, Educational Talent Search counselors work with students and their parents to encourage them to consider college, to ensure that they are enrolled in college preparatory high school courses, and to assist them in completing admissions and financial aid applications.
Congratulations to Faye R. Houston, Richland School District One's Executive Director of Student Support Services, for being selected 2016 Business Associate of the Year by the Midlands Chapter of the American Business Women's Association. Mrs. Houston is pictured with Regina Smith, Talent Search Coordinator, and James Prince, Upward Bound Coordinator.
Annual Awards Breakfast
This annual breakfast recognizes the successes of middle and high school students who have excelled academically and shown commitment and dedication, highlighted by an eighth-grader receiving the Dr. Paul L. Beasley Leadership Award.
Annual Etiquette Series and Luncheon
Every year, eighth-graders in Educational Talent Search complete a series on etiquette, learning proper dress, grooming, introductions, and overall self-development, which culminates in a three-course meal where the students showcase what they have learned. The luncheon features notable speakers from the community.
Middle School Student Leadership Conference
Eighth-graders are introduced to the responsibility and rewards of leadership. Leadership figures from the community, the University, and local schools make presentations on how students can make the most of their schooling in preparation to become leaders. Event activities also include an orientation to high school, a college and career fair, presentations on decision-making, goal-setting, and time management.
Middle and high schools students visit college campuses to become acquainted with the various postsecondary opportunities in the state. Students meet with admissions officers to discuss admissions qualifications, campus environments, activities, and academic requirements. They also visit dormitories, classrooms, and other campus facilities. School guidance counselors help to coordinate participation in these events that require advanced registration and parental approval.