Educational Talent Search

Coahoma Community College Educational Talent Search (ETS)  on the Move

The Coahoma Community College Educational Talent Search (ETS) has been busy providing enriching educational and recreational opportunities to the students in which it serves.

Coahoma Community College Educational Talent Search (ETS) on the Move

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Thu May 3, 2018

Educational Talent Search

The Coahoma Community College Educational Talent Search (ETS) has been busy providing enriching educational and recreational opportunities to the students in which it serves.

This Spring semester, the program has participated in various competitions/activities in the southern region and within the State of Mississippi.

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a federally-funded pre-college program created in 1965 as part of the Higher Education Act and has been a part of Coahoma Community College since 2001. The program assists students who meet federal income guidelines and those who may be the first in their families to go to college. Its design and purpose are to provide the skills and motivation necessary for students in grades 8-12 to complete a program of secondary education and to enter and succeed in a program of post-secondary education of their choice. Participants receive a variety of free services and participate in scholastic, cultural, and enrichment activities.  The services of ETS are offered through the guidance offices at Coahoma Early College High School, Clarksdale High School, Coahoma County Jr./Senior High School, J.W. Stampley, and W. A. Higgins Middle Schools.

The program’s director, Kimberly Bee says the benefits to students participating in ETS are many and activities like the ones that were recently participated in aid students in their educational growth.

“Our students gain advice and assistance in secondary school course selection, assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations, and completing college admission applications,” said Bee.

“We also give our participants guidance on and assistance with secondary school reentry, alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts; leading to the receipt of a regular secondary school diploma, entry into general educational development (GED) programs, or entry into post-secondary education,” Bee added.

A huge benefit and attractive pull to the program is the many opportunities students have to visit various conferences, competitions, and college campuses. The program seeks to place students in enriching experiences to bring about life-changing outcomes.

Keeping with that notion, CCC ETS students traveled to Hinds Community College - Utica campus on March 3, 2018, for a state competition with hopes of representing Mississippi at the regional level in Atlanta, Georgia on March 23-24, 2018, on the campus of Atlanta Metropolitan College.  The students competed against other TRIO students within the state in the HIGH Q test of knowledge.

Subsequently, ETS students Joseph Benson, Truett Harris and Christopher Murphy, teamed with ETS students from Hinds Community College forming an all-star team for the regional competition. The group placed fourth overall and plans to pursue other opportunities to showcase their talents and compete.  

Shortly after this trip, ETS was on the road again to participate in TRIO DAY. The event was held in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 27, 2018.

50 ETS students along with staff and chaperones enjoyed a day filled with activities in the “Big Easy.” Students were encouraged by motivational speakers and attended a college fair. The capstone of the trip ended with the group attending an NBA game that evening.

“We hope to bring exposure to the campuses of institutions of higher education, as well as cultural events, academic programs, and other sites or activities not usually available to disadvantaged youth,” said Bee.

“I want this program to continue to be successful in providing services to all participants and meet our annual objectives,” Bee added. “I have a desire to see my students develop to their fullest potentials.”

For more information about CCC’s Educational Talent Search program contact, Kimberly Collins-Bee, ETS Director at (662) 621-4136 or ksbee@coahomacc.edu.

Click the link to access photos from the events:  https://www.flickr.com/gp/162078067@N06/7XUv2S