The Initiative Component is designed to motivate and encourage middle and junior high school participants to excel at a maximum academic level to ensure proper readiness for secondary school. Participants have the option of attending workshops related to academic preparation, mentoring, parental support, college planning, leadership development, community service, etc. Initiative participants automatically transition to the next level (High School Component) participation in ETS and are encouraged to enroll in the 21st Century Scholars Program.
High School Component
The High School component consists of providing encouragement and motivation to participants who want to learn more about seeking a college education after high school. ETS dedicated staff of professionals recognizes and is proactive to understanding the distinct needs of first/generation and low income families as it relates to matriculation to college. Participants are exposed to an array of activities and services designed to minimize barriers to postsecondary attainment.
Adult Services Component
The goal of the Adult Services component is to motivate the out-of-school or non-traditional student to enter or re-enter a secondary and/or postsecondary institution. Educational Talent Search serves as a liaison between the adult learner and GED programs. Additional individualized counseling is provided for college admissions and financial aid procedures.
For fiscal year 2014-2015, 92% of federal dollars will be used to fund the Educational Talent Search Program at Purdue University Calumet; of the $341,870 to be used to fund the total cost of the program, $316,546 will come from federal dollars; and $25,324 (8%) will come from non-governmental sources.