Services offered include career testing, ACT workshops, financial aid workshops, college survival skills, and a host of other activities. Our services are available to students in grades eight through twelve at target schools.
The Explore, an eighth grade version of the ACT entrance examination, is valuable to
students in planning for high school and college. This interpretive session includes all
aspects of the test results: score interpretation, steps to improvement, high school
course planning, and career planning utilizing the student's interest inventory results.
This is an early awareness program to encourage students to use their high school
years to prepare for higher education. The presentation is centered on a set of simple
suggestions, including: why it is important to go to college, taking the appropriate
courses, learning to be a good student, making good use of time, thinking about the
future, and getting help when needed.
With an assessment included to identify the student's problem areas, this study skills
workshop addresses six problem areas in which most students struggle. Specific
strategies for improvement are provided in each area.
This career workshop, utilizing the Strong Interest Explorer, is designed to identify
the student's career interests and place him or her in one of fourteen career clusters,
with specific occupations. The students will be allowed the opportunity for further
exploration using career resource materials.
A college early awareness presentation, this is designed to encourage students to
pursue a college education by focusing on the benefits higher education offers. Topics
covered include: monetary and health benefits, steps to take throughout high school to
prepare, and myths about why students think college is beyond their reach.
The ACT PLAN is the precursor to the ACT exam for college entrance. This interpretive
session is designed to explain aspects of the test results to the student. Score
interpretation will be covered, as well as, high school course planning, steps to
improvement for a higher ACT composite score, and career planning using the student's
interest inventory results. This is for the entire 10th grade class and typically takes place
in English or history classrooms.
This workshop provides the student's first look into the price tag of pursuing a college
education. Topics include: the cost of college, federal financial aid available, the
Louisiana TOPS program and other state aid available, and ways to reduce the cost of a
Delving into the technology realm, "E-Sources" is an interactive session that introduces
the student to the wide range of websites available for college preparation and
planning. Sites included are: American College Testing, Inc., U.S. Department of
Education, federal student aid, as well as individual college and university sites. A
computer lab is required.
This second career workshop for students is more in-depth, focusing on career selection
through assessment of interests, personality type and educational requirements.
Utilizing John Holland's Self-Directed Search as the assessment tool, students will
discover several careers which they can explore further, making educational plans.
Making use of a university catalog, this online interactive workshop shows the student
how to use the information in the catalog to prepare for college. Several aspects are
covered including, admission requirements, tuition and fees, and academic majors.
Emphasis is on the curriculum required for the degree and guiding the student in proper
course selection in his/her senior year to ensure preparation for college. A computer
lab is required.
College Majors 101 guides the student through the process of selecting a college major.
Subjects addressed include the definition of a major/minor, choosing a major or minor,
and changing majors. Students are given an opportunity to explore their chosen major
using available resources. A computer lab is required.
Providing support for the state mandated ACT testing in schools, we are offering a small
group interpretive session. This session will cover all aspects of the student report,
including scores, college readiness standards, methods to improvement and career
planning. In addition, the college report and how it is utilized will be discussed. This
option is only available to Educational Talent Search students.
This workshop allows the student to actually apply for admission to his/her chosen
university. A checklist of college admissions is discussed, including timelines, necessary
items for admission (immunizations, financial aid application, etc.). Scholarship
information and application procedures are also addressed. A computer lab is required.
With the cost of higher education continually increasing, this workshop on financial aid
is of the utmost importance to the student. All types of aid are discussed including:
federal grants, loans, work study, scholarships, as well as, state sponsored funding.
Students will go to the FAFSA website to obtain a PIN number and begin their FAFSA
application. A computer lab is required.
Concentrating on transferrable skills (portable from one career field to another), this
workshop provides critical training in non-academic skills. Topics include: individual
growth skills, essential competency skills, and higher-order thinking skills.
One of the most important sessions offered, this presentation is to ensure that those
college-bound seniors have completed all arrangements for attending the college of
their choice. In addition, requirements and expectations associated with being college
students are addressed, as well as, a variety of first-year freshmen survival techniques.
A computer lab is required.