What is ETS?
The Educational Talent Search or ETS project is a federally funded grant located on Faulkner University's campus. It is under the TRIO office of the U.S. Department of Education. It has been funded since 1991. The project works with junior and senior high schools students at target schools as written in our grant. The grant must be written every four years. At the present time, we are serving students at Southside Middle School, Tallassee High School, Eclectic Middle School, Elmore County High School, Sykes Lanett Junior High School, Lanett High School, R. A. Hubbard Middle School and High School, Hazlewood Junior High School, and Hazlewood High School. We have a designated counselor to visit each of these schools on a regular basis.
The purpose of the project is the help disadvantage students to graduate from high school and enter some type of postsecondary education. We do this by having workshops on study skills, careers, financial aid, and ACT preparation. We also provide tutoring at some of the target schools. We work very closely with our seniors in helping them decide where to go to college by taking them on campus visits. Our counselors also give our participants college admission information and financial aid information along with helping them fill out their financial aid forms. We also take students on field trips such as the SchoolFest plays at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.