Santa Fe College Awarded Grant for Educational Talent Search Program Published on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

Educational Talent Search StarSanta Fe College has just been awarded new grant funding for the Educational Talent Search Program in the amount of $326,400. The current projected funding amount for this five year project is now up to $1,632,000.

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a FREE, comprehensive program for grades 9-12 to help guide them through high school and into college or a vocational training program to pursue a career of their choice. Program Director, Diana Negron-Reyes, responsible for the overall development and supervision of the program, states “One of the strength of the program is in the commitment to student success shared by Santa Fe College, Florida Gateway College and the College of Central Florida, and the individual attention that the ETS program provides to each school and student we serve. The ETS team pledge to student success is second to none. Each advising specialist develops individual connections with their students to provide an action plan that is responsive to the students’ needs.”

The ETS director believes that nothing can replace the power of experience and based on that principle the team promoted and developed initiatives and strong partnerships. One example given was for the ninth grade initiative that was created to focus intentional resources and programmatic strategies to promote seamless transition to and through high school. Through this initiative ETS provides experiential learning opportunities that promote college and career explorations; connect high school learning to future career goals; and empower students to set academic goals related to school attendance, GPA, and academic rigor. Credit for this initiative’s success is given in part to a solid partnership with many colleges at the University of Florida such as the College of Journalism, the College of Medicine and the Athletic Department.

The North Central Florida Educational Talent Search is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and operates in consortium between the College of Central Florida, Florida Gateway College and Santa Fe College.

For more information on the ETS program, contact Program Director diana.negron-reyes@sfcollege.edu