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Project Discovery-Talent Search (Western Carolina University)

  • Jennie V. Sorrells
  • program Director

Program Description

Project Discovery is a unique college access program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and hosted by Western Carolina University. We proudly serve the Western North Carolina region by providing a varied curriculum that includes career exploration, college visits, service learning, outdoor adventures and more.

Why an Outdoor Adventure, you ask? We have found that adventure activities are great tools for personal growth in students. Youth are looking for excitement and adventure in their lives, and they will find it. Unfortunately, they often turn to less healthy forms of stimulation but we believe that adventure doesn't have to be reckless but it does need to provide excitement and a challenge. Growth requires effort and often a bit of discomfort, growth requires that we venture beyond our comfort zones.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%