TRiO Talent Search

Helping make college education a tradition

About Talent Search

Talent Search (TS) is a federally funded TRIO program that provides educational guidance services to encourage individuals in the pursuit of further education or training after high school. Individuals in the program receive information and assistance on career and academic planning. Talent Search is designed to help students who are enrolled in schools and adults who are interested in continuing their education.

Serving the Griffin-Spalding County School District, students are selected based on need with the assistance of teachers, guidance counselors, and principals. Mandated by the Department of Education to select a certain number of students who meet the program requirements which includes students that fall below certain income levels and/or whose parents did not graduate from a 4-year post-secondary institution. However, not all students are required to meet this criterion. The primary objective of Talent Search seeks is to select students who are motivated and have the potential to pursue a post-secondary education. New students are recruited primarily in the fall, particularly 6th graders; however, referrals are appreciated all year and from all grades. Interested applicants should contact the ETS office, be considered. Submission of an application does not guarantee placement in Talent Search.

Click here to fill out the online application and here to download the application in pdf form.

For more information on the Griffin-Spalding County Trio Program, contact Trio Project Director: Ms. Sandy Colwell, Ed.S. | [email protected] | 404-316-3799


Talent Search has many activities for students throughout the year. Regularly scheduled workshops, college campus tours, and enrichment trips are conducted during the school year. Summer activities include campus tours and cultural enrichment trips. Talent Search also provides newsletters to both students and parents. Talent Search strongly encourages parents to become actively involved in preparing for their child’s educational goals. Topics covered by Talent Search include: 

  • All of our services are FREE to you as a student! 
  • Tool-kit Saturdays Workshops 
  • Career Exploration and Job Prep 
  • Academic Support and Drop Out Prevention 
  • College Admission Information Sessions 
  • Financial Aid Workshops and Scholarship Search 
  • Goal Setting
  • College Campus Tours
  • Cultural Diversity and Educational Field Trips Post-Secondary Selection Information Study Skills and Note Taking 
  • ACT/SAT waivers and prep . Critical Thinking and Communication Skills 
  • 6 – Week Summer Bridge Program for Graduating Seniors
  • Community Service Opportunities

Students can earn a stipend (in the form of a check) that is based on attendance and participation. 

During the school year, Talent Search advisors conduct regularly scheduled in-school workshops that are designed to be both fun and pertinent to successfully completing secondary education and enrolling in a program of postsecondary education. Workshops topics include career games, bridge building, college information, money for college, career information and character-building activities.


College Visits 

Talent Search takes students on various campus visits.

Some of the campuses visited may include: Middle Georgia State University, Mercer University, University of Georgia, Valdosta State University, Georgia State University, University of West Georgia, Georgia Southern University, Albany State University, Morehouse and Spellman Colleges, Clark Atlanta University, Savannah State University, Georgia Southwestern State University, and multiple Community and Technical Colleges throughout the state. 

Cultural and Career Trips 

Participants are also given the opportunity to participate in cultural and career trips. Examples of cultural experience and career trips include the Rosa Parks Museum, George Washington Carver Museum, Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, Huntsville Space Center, CNN Center, Local Television Stations, Kumho Tire Factory, and Irving Tissue Plant. 

Summer Trips 

Our Talent Search program also give the opportunity for seniors to take summer trips to places like Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Orlando, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia, and Florida Beaches. 

After acceptance into the Talent Search program, regular attendance and participation at the monthly in-school workshop are required to participate in scheduled activities. All activities are paid for by the federally funded TRIO Talent Search program. 


Financial Aid – Online form to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid over the Internet – Overview of Federal Student Aid – Explanation of Financial Aid and the process – A financial aid page providing a vast source of financial aid information – Collection of information that outlines the steps students should take to ensure they are ready to apply to college. Learn about different colleges, financial aid and scholarship opportunities 

Scholarships – Tailored scholarship search of over 180,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and grants available to students free. – Offers college scholarship search service – Database of scholarships – Database of scholarships and college information – Database of scholarship

Careers – sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, a source for career exploration, training and jobs – The O*NET Program is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Valid data are essential to understanding the rapidly changing nature of work and how it impacts the workforce and U.S. economy. From this information, applications are developed to facilitate the development and maintenance of a skilled workforce. – CareerBuilder is one of the largest job boards, providing job listings, resume posting, and career advice and resources to job seekers. CareerBuilder secures job listings directly from employers and has expanded local listings by partnering with many newspapers to incorporate their online classifieds. – Indeed is a leading job site with millions of job listings from thousands of websites, including company career sites, job boards, newspaper classifieds, associations, and other online sources of job postings. – The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

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