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Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search is federally funded by the United States Department of Education to serve 6th – 12th-grade students in Columbus County. The purpose of the program is to encourage participants to graduate from high school and continue to complete postsecondary education. Free supportive services include career, academic, and financial literacy counseling, exposure to college campuses, cultural enrichment activities, assistance with:

  • college entrance exam preparation,
  • financial aid applications,
  • and college admissions applications.


Application Process

Students currently attending schools served by Southeastern Community College ETS that are interested in becoming ETS participants should contact either their guidance counselor or the ETS office directly.

Once you have downloaded the application, fill it out and email it back to ETS Director.

2022-2023 ETS Application (Middle + High School Students)

2021-2022 ETS Application (High School Graduates under the age of 27)

Tutoring Information

Current ETS participants interested in receiving free tutoring should contact their coordinator immediately to make this request. All tutoring must be pre-approved by the ETS office.


  • Central Middle School
  • East Columbus High School
  • Evergreen Middle School
  • South Columbus High School
  • Tabor City Middle School
  • West Columbus High School
  • Whiteville High School


Science Camp
June 20 – 23, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
6th, 7th, and 8th graders
Hands-on activities will focus on biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, technology, and math. Students will also learn about various careers in the science industry. The deadline to register is Thursday, June 16.
Science Camp Application

STEM Music Camp
June 27 – 30 | 8am – 12:30pm
6th – 12th-grade students
Hands-on activities will focus on songwriting, beat making, podcasting, creative writing, and more. Students will also learn about careers in the music industry, copyrights, audio editing, and have an opportunity to create their own beats.
The deadline to register is Thursday, June 23.
Music Camp Application

Financial Literacy/Cryptocurrency Camp
July 6 | 8:30am – 12:30pm
Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th
Ever wonder what cryptocurrency is all about and how it works? Is cryptocurrency the future? All these questions and more will be answered.
The deadline to register is Thursday, June 30.
Financial Literacy Application

Camp Cardiac Care
Monday – Thursday, July 11-14 from 8:45 am – 4 pm
Friday, July 15 from 8:45 am – 11:30 am
Rising 9th and 10th graders
*Breakfast and lunch provided daily.
Camp Cardiac Care is filled with hands-on learning in nursing, medical lab technology, phlebotomy, nurse aide, EMT, CPR, and first-aid training. The camp is great for students interested in exploring a career in allied health.
The deadline to register is Wednesday, July 6.
Camp Cardiac Care Application


Doris Joseph

Director of Education Talent Search

(910) 788-6394

A Building, Room 224B

Beverly Ballard

Talent Search Counselor

(910) 788-6212

A Building, Rm 223

Robin Patterson

Talent Search Counselor

(910) 788-6278

A Building, Rm 223

Trina Davis

Talent Search Counselor

(910) 788-6231

A Building, room 223