Welcome to Talent Search

Talent Search (TS) is an early intervention/educational opportunity program. The Jackson State University (JSU) Talent Search Program serves Jackson Public School students grades 6th-12th at Cardozo Middle, Peeples Middle, Whitten Middle, Forest Hill High and Wingfield High School. The program promotes skills and disseminates information necessary for successfully graduating high school, and entering college and completing a baccalaureate degree. The program emphasizes personal/career development, financial literacy, technological/academic skills, and ACT readiness through college preparatory workshops. JSU TS ensures students are prepared for the rigors of higher education. The JSU TS program provides a variety of free career and college planning services for our participants that focus on career exploration college readiness. JSU TS offers campus visits, academic monitoring/advising, and guidance in the completion of college and financial aid applications, as well as serves the individual needs of participants and their families. The JSU TS summer enrichment and campus-based events host and provide opportunities that build self-esteem; increase academic aptitude; and assist/motivate all participants.

TS is a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. TRIO
Programs are designed to help low-income and first-generation potential college
students prepare for and succeed in higher education.

JSUTS serves Jackson Public School students grades 6th -12th at the following:

Cardozo Middle School / Peeples Middle School / Whitten Middle School / Wingfield High School / Forest Hill High School


Program Services

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Meet the TRiO Talent Search Staff

Teresa Palmer-Jones
Director of Talent Search


(601) 979-0336

Welcome to TRIO Talent Search South at Jackson State University!


Our mission in TRIO Talent Search (TS) South is to connect low income and potential first-generation college students with postsecondary educational opportunities. As a federally funded program, we’re able to provide FREE services in the areas of academic, career, and financial counseling to participants, to ensure graduation from high school and college.


The program also plans campus visits to two-year and four-year colleges and universities throughout the year. The campus visits are student oriented, giving them an up close and personal view of select institutions of higher education. These visits have made a tremendous impact on students and are often the factor that helps them decide which college to attend. In addition to tutoring and campus visits, the program offers college admissions assistance, help in completing financial aid (e.g., FAFSA) and scholarship applications, ACT/SAT test preparation, mentoring activities, career and personal counseling, financial literacy workshops for students and parents, and a FREE Summer Camp Enrichment Program, filled with cultural events and activities.


Our program serves five (5) of the Jackson Public Schools, located southside Jackson: Forest Hill High School, Wingfield High School; Cardoza Middle, Peeples Middle, and Whitten Middle Schools.  TS coaches visit the aforementioned schools several times a week, to partner with the school staff to determine the best course of action to ensure that students’ academic needs are met.


Our work is firmly woven into the fabric of creating equity and excellence for students and their families as they seek to improve their futures. Our staff encourages involvement and participation in all aspects of the educational and personal development process.  Feel free to reach out to our staff, for information and support on how to make dreams of achieving a college degree a reality. All of us in TRIO Talent Search South are excited and ready to assist students in reaching their educational goals.


With Tiger Pride,

Teresa Palmer-Jones, Director

Janice Citchens
Persistence & Graduation Coach

Talmadge Edwards
Persistence & Graduation Coach