Educational Talent Search Program

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Educational Talent Search Program

6801 Press Drive
New Orleans, LA 70126
Phone – 504-286-5209
Fax – 504-284-5487


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The Educational Talent Search Program (ETSP) is a federally funded project housed at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) that offers services to students at target high schools (McDonogh 35 and Lake Area/Kennedy), to high school dropouts and post-secondary stop-outs in Orleans Parish.

The program is designed to provide information, assistance, and motivation to all eligible participants who desire to continue and complete their secondary education (high school or Graduate Equivalency Diploma) and move into post-secondary education areas such as college, vocational/technical school, and apprenticeship programs prepared and confident. The major thrust of ETSP is to provide assistance with access to educational opportunities so that participants may move with self-reliance into a meaningful and productive future.

Services provided by ETSP include tutoring, career guidance, academic counseling, counseling in personal development, assistance in gaining admission to postsecondary educational programs, help to obtain financial aid, and trips. These services are provided through a comprehensive counseling package which has been developed by the ETSP staff. This counseling package is presented in individual and group counseling sessions which are conducted throughout the year by the ETSP advisors at the target schools or on campus. Each session is geared toward academic persistence by assisting participants in resuming, continuing and/or furthering their education. The summer component provides tutoring and partnerships with appropriate mentors on the campus of Southern University at New Orleans/ meals, transportation and trips are provided free of charge.


Mission

Our mission is to provide information and inspiration for future self-reliance.


Participant Eligibility

Two-thirds of the students participating in the Educational Talent Search Program must: 

  • Must be 11-27 years of age (we can serve persons over 27);
  • Reside in the target parish;
  • Have family incomes which satisfy established low-income level,
  • Be potential first-generation college students (neither parent holds a four-year degree)

Staff

Mrs. Ruth W. Johnson

Mrs. Ruth W. Johnson

Director
Educational Talent Search Program
Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex
Room 209
Phone: 504-286-5445
Email: RJohnson@suno.edu


Nkechi Murray

Nkechi Murray

Office Manager

Talent Search

Email: nmurray@suno.edu

Phone: 504-286-5209


Amelia Sellers

Amelia Sellers

Assistant Director / Education Advisor,
Educational Talent Search Program

LCMC 207

Email: asellers@suno.edu

Phone: 504-286-5211


Brian A. Smith

Brian A. Smith

Education Advisor,
Educational Talent Search Program

LCMC 23B

Email: basmith@suno.edu

Phone: 504-286-5250


Tramaine Spencer

Spencer, Tramaine

Education Advisor,
Educational Talent Search Program

LCMC 211

Email: n/a


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