Program Activities

Planning your Future

The UC Davis Educational Talent Search program will help you identify your strengths and develop your future goals. We help 1700 students each year from communities in Yolo, Sacramento and Solano Counties.

With our help, you will complete an educational assessment and an educational plan that will prepare you to succeed in your educational goals. You will be encouraged to do well in all your classes, earning a C or better in each class. By the end of the year, you will discuss and be encouraged to enroll in academic courses that will prepare you for college. ETS will also help you understand the college preparation process, develop study skills and begin to explore career possibilities. When you apply to colleges as a senior, ETS will help you with the college application process and assist you with applying for financial aid.

Campus Trips

If you consistently attend ETS’ academic workshops you will be invited to special field trips to UC Davis and other Northern California universities. Events include Preview Day, college visits, student leadership conferences and college fairs.

Middle School Students

The ETS staff visits middle schools to provide:

Workshops on:

  • career exploration
  • college options
  • test taking skills
  • writing skills
  • time-management

Activities on:

  • study skills
  • college motivation
  • values clarification
  • goal setting
  • encouragement for enrollment in college preparatory courses for high school
  • career exploration
  • field trips to colleges
  • academic tutoring

High School Students

ETS program counselors attend high schools weekly to provide academic monitoring and skill building. Some program activities include:

Assistance with:

  • scholarship applications
  • college admission applications
  • financial aid applications
  • letters of recommendation

Workshops on:

  • test preparation,
  • career exploration,
  • study skills,
  • goal setting,
  • test-taking,
  • time-management,
  • résumé preparation,
  • personal motivation and leadership skills,
  • college survival skills,
  • high school success
  • one-on-one college preparation advising
  • parent information nights
  • visits to college campuses
  • student leadership conferences