Talent Search (FOCUS)
Seminole State College's FOCUS/Educational Talent Search, which has been assisting students in this area since 1991, is an academic enrichment program you can join at your school. It is part of the TRiO Programs, which are funded by the U.S. Department of Education. During the school year your FOCUS/Educational Talent Search advisor will visit your school and meet with participants either in groups or individually. Talent Search serves students from the sixth through the twelfth grades. Our main purpose is to help students stay in and graduate from high school then proceed to some form of postsecondary education.
What is Educational Talent Search (FOCUS)?
We are part of what is known as TRiO, educational programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education. These programs were started in order to provide educational opportunity to all Americans regardless of race, ethnic, background, or economic circumstance. The programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. SSC's FOCUS /Educational Talent Search Program serves students from the sixth through the twelfth grades. Our main purpose is to help students stay in and graduate from high school then proceed to some form of post secondary education.
We serve the following schools in Seminole, Pottawatomie, and Okfuskee counties:
- New Lima
The Seminole State College Talent Search West Project is 100% federally funded in the amount of $277,375 annually.
How do we serve students?
During the school year, we conduct workshops each month to assist students with the following subjects: study skills, test-taking strategies, life skills, college and career. We also provide campus tours, and evening financial aid workshops for parents and students. In addition we provide academic workshop materials and handouts to participants.
FOCUS also offers free online and in person tutoring to participants in all subjects. For more information, please contact the FOCUS Office at 405-382-9703.
For grades 6- 11 most activities are done in groups; seniors have both group workshops and individual appointments with our advisors. We consider the needs of seniors - getting to college and applying for financial aid - to be a top priority.
What happens in the FOCUS /Educational Talent Search meetings?
How can FOCUS /Educational Talent Search help me?
FOCUS/Educational Talent Search can provide you with the tools you need for a successful education and career.
What if you...
- Don't know how to study? We will show you how to develop good study habits you'll use for years to come.
- Are unsure about how to apply for college? We can help you with the the application process.
- Don't know how you will pay for college? We will assist you in finding sources of financial aid.
- Are confused about what career you want to pursue? We can help you match your interests and abilities with a caree that's right for you!
How can I join FOCUS/Educational Talent Search?
You must complete an application and attend one of the following schools: Bowlegs, Butner, Earlsboro, Justice, Maud, McLoud, Macomb, New Lima, Paden, Sasakwa, Seminole, Shawnee, Strother, Tecumseh, Varnum, Wewoka
You can fill out the application online here.
or complete the pdf form here, print and return to our office.
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In person tutoring is also available for FOCUS /Educational Talent Search participants. More information can be be found by contacting Director of FOCUS /Educational Talent Search, Mary Ann Hill, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-382-9703.
Here are some of the great workshops presented this year:
- Ask a College Student! Find out how to succeed in college from actual college students!
- Striking It Rich: Exploring Higher Ed Options - Make the most money AND have the most rewarding career!
- Operation Lifestyle: How to make your future what you want it to be!
- Discover Your Learning Style ! How do YOU learn best?
- How to Read a Textbook (actually get something out of it!)
- College palooza!! Test your college knowledge!
- ACT Strategies! Piratical hints and tips for succeeding with the ACT!
- Is That Your Final Answer ? Time to show what you've learned!
2022 Workshop Highlights
- A virtual STEM-tacular Camp features STEM activities 6th – 8th grade students will complete at their own pace.
- To provide students with an authentic college experience including living in a residence hall, we are excited to offer the Influencers Leadership/STEM residential Camp for rising 9th and 10th graders. At this camp, students are involved in group team building and college exploration activities.
- To assist 10th – 12th grade students with their college choice, we offer College Countdown, in which students get a chance to explore post-secondary opportunities.
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Meet our staff
Mary Ann Hill
Trio Accounting Clerk
Contact Talent Search:
Phone: (405) 382-9705
Seminole State College
P.O. Box 351 Seminole, OK 74818