Porterville is proud of its talented youth and California State University, Fresno took note of that in 2016 when they partnered on an Educational Talent Search grant for the Porterville area.
So what is the Educational Talent Search program all about?
“ETS-PC is a college preparatory and outreach program designed to assist and serve first generation and low-income students in 9th-12th grade from the Central Valley High Schools of Granite Hills High, Monache High, and Porterville High and encourages participants to complete secondary education and to undertake a program in post-secondary education. The program staff conducts various academic workshops on topics such as post-secondary options, assistance with college applications, financial aid, career choices and also provides academic counseling, SAT/ACT registration, and college visitations.”
Local Director Juan Figueroa Jr. is passionate about the program.
“I was born in Delano and raised in Terra Bella, worked the fields and took advantage of programs like this when I was going through school. I know what these students are going through and what they need to be the first generation college graduate in their family. These are our future leaders so I feel privileged to be able to help them,” said Figueroa.
The ETS-PC Program helps scholars in grades 9-12 prepare for, apply to, and matriculate into post-secondary education. That might be going to a community college, university, Career-Tech program or the military. While the Covid-19 situation has not allowed in-person summer school or field trips to college campuses, the students in the program are still getting plenty of support through virtual workshops.
“We are working on recruiting our incoming 8th graders right now,” said Figueroa. “They can go online and print out the application and then scan it to me since schools are not open right now.
For questions related to Porterville High School, Monache High School, and Granite Hills High School please contact Juan Figueroa Jr., [email protected], at 559.791.2293