Educational Talent Search primarily targets middle and high school students from Polk, Scott and Montgomery counties to assist them with college preparation. ETS participants are students who demonstrate potential for postsecondary education, but may be lacking in resources and knowledge to prepare adequately. Two-thirds of participants in ETS must meet income requirements families and also be first generation college students. Educational Talent Search began in 1994 at RMCC and is one of the four TRIO federally funded grant programs located on campus.
Who is Eligible?
ETS services are available to 6th thru 12th grade students who reside in Polk, Scott, or Montgomery counties. Most participants are required to meet income requirements and be first generation students.
What Services are Available?
vCollege Preparation Assistance with entry and re-entry process to GED, College or Vocational school Assistance with the college application process Monthly visits at school to provide workshops for college preparation
vFinancial Aid Assistance Information about financial aid opportunities Assistance with completing the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) Assistance with locating and applying for scholarships
vCareer Services Career Exploration Provide career information and exploration Expose students to real life careers during Career Day at RMCC
vSummer Enrichment Activities Rising Freshman Technology Camp on RMCC Campus Rising Senior College Campus Tour around the state
How Do I Apply?
ETS Students are selected from referrals by School Counselors. Are you interested? Contact the counselor at you school or one of the names listed below.
For more information contact:
Educational Talent Search
Serving Cossatot River School District
Jeff Neufeld Director of Educational Talent Search Rich Mountain Community College 1100 College Drive Mena, AR 71953 (479) 394-7622, Ext. 1654
RMCC Mena Serving Acorn, Oden, and Waldron Public Schools
Julie Ulmer ETS Program Coordinator (479) 394-7622 Ext. 1652 1100 College Drive, Abernathy 301 Mena, AR 71953
Mt. Ida Center Serving Caddo Hills, Mena, and Mt.Ida Public Schools
Brandon Burk ETS Outreach Representative (479) 394-7622, Ext. 1642 1100 College Drive, Abernathy 301 Mena, AR 71953