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ULM TRiO Program

Educational Talent Search Services

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.


Grade 8

• ACT Explore Interpretation

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.

• Make High School Count

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.


Grade 9

• Making the Grade

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.

• Careers and You

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.

• Destination...Education

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.

Grade 10

• ACT PLAN Interpretation

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.

• Climbing the College Money Tree

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

college education.

• E-Sources

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.

Grade 11

• Closing in on Careers and Education

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.

• College Planning

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

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.

• ACT Interpretation

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.

Grade 12

• College Admissions 101

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.

• Cash for College

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.

• Super Skills for Success

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.

• College Bound Countdown

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.


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