The Talent Search Program strives to identify and assist 6th-12th grade students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. Talent Search staff will work with eligible students as they plan and prepare for postsecondary education through a variety of activities at the school site and on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University.
Upcoming Talent Search Events
FGCU Welcomes New Talent Search Project Director
During the summer of 2019, Florida Gulf Coast University welcomed Dr. Angela J. Corley to serve as the new project director for Talent Search. Dr. Corley comes to the university with several years of experience in working with potential first-generation college students, more specifically TRIO students. Prior to joining FGCU, Dr. Corley worked at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. Upon graduating from Florida State University with a doctorate in Educational Leadership, she decided to continue her passion for developing and implementing initiatives that support students in their pursuit of higher education by joining the FGCU TRIO and Outreach Programs staff under the Division of Student Success and Enrollment Management.
Dr. Dolores Kiesler, Senior Director for Academic and Support Programs at Florida Gulf University, stated, “We are excited to welcome Dr. Corley aboard, and we feel that she will be an asset to our team.” Dr. Corley stated, “This is an amazing opportunity. I am very grateful to be in a position to contribute my expertise and passion towards providing outstanding service to TRIO students, parents, and the FGCU community.”
FGCU Talent Search Names New Mascot
During the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, the FGCU Talent Search program kicked-off a campaign to name the program’s new mascot--the tree frog. This adorable creature was selected to represent the program because of its unique qualities. The tree frog is known for its beautiful colors, bright red eyes, and small stature. However, this amphibian is also a master of disguise and uses its vibrant colors to survive in the wild. Much like the tree frog, Talent Search students are often underestimated, and yet they have proven to be resilient.
Talent Search participants and their parents were given the opportunity to vote on a name for the new mascot. Close to 100 votes were collected, and we are proud to introduce Surge the Tree Frog. The name Surge means a sudden, powerful, and upward movement. We believe the Talent Search participants should mimic the characteristics of Surge the Tree Frog, as they pursue higher education in a powerful way. Stay tuned for more appearances from Surge at FGCU_talentsearch on Instagram, or maybe even at your school.
Seniors in the Talent Search Program at Dunbar High School and East Lee High School gathered for the first of two Pre-College Mentoring days at Florida Gulf Coast University on Saturday, February 23, 2019. FGCU college students are serving as mentors and are guiding the seniors through these last months of high school and through the transition to college.
In the first half-day session, the students discussed their concerns about college and received tips from the college students about how to make move to college go more smoothly. The seniors created a roadmap which outlines important dates, such as college orientation date, housing application deadline, move-in day, and first day of classes.
Prior to the next session on March 16, the seniors will take the Learning and Study Skills Inventory (LASSI) and the Perceptions, Expectations, Emotions and Knowledge Inventory (PEEK). Results of these inventories will be shared and discussed on the second Saturday meeting, along with selecting possible college courses, understanding how to use a college syllabus, and what to expect in a financial aid letter. Mentors will also serve on a panel to answer questions about life in college.
Applications for Fall 2019 are now being accepted if your student will be attending Dunbar High School, East Lee County High School, Lehigh Acres Middle School, or Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School. If you have any questions about the program or how to become a participant, please contact the appropriate Talent Search Coordinator below
Mr. Dakendo Michel, Coordinator for the following schools:
- Lehigh Acres Middle School
- East Lee County High School
Ms. Darcy Dalziel, Coordinator for the following schools:
- Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School
- Dunbar High School
Talent Search Project Director
Dr. Angela J. Corley
Talent Search Coordinator
Talent Search Coordinator