Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, Alabama

Our Program

Fayette, Hamilton, and Sumiton Campuses

The Talent Search Program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue to the postsecondary school of their choice.

Talent Search also serves high school drop-outs by encouraging them to reenter the educational system and complete their education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in the postsecondary education institution of their choice.


TRIO Talent Search is one of eight TRIO programs authorized by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Read more about TRIO history here.

our staff

Kristy Liverett

Director of Educational Talent Search

Kristy Liverett is a graduate of the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Social Work, Athens State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and The University of West Alabama with a Master of Education. She is the Director of Educational Talent Search Program at Bevill State Community College.

Amanda Laird

Administrative Assistant

Amanda Laird is the Administrative Assistant to the Educational Talent Search Program at Bevill State Community College. She serves as assistant to the Director of the Program and to three Advisors. Amanda has been with the Educational Talent Search program for 18 years.

Karen Estes


Karen Estes has served as an ETS Advisor for 20 years. She is a Cum Laude graduate of Blue Mountain College with B.S. in Education, University of Alabama-Birmingham with M.S. Educational Leadership, and post graduate studies in Psychology from University of West Alabama.

Karen’s passion is to inspire students to use their educational talent to accomplish the goal of a college education. Karen’s personal brand statement is “Dare to Try”.


Schools Served:

  • Brilliant High School
  • Hackleburg High School
  • Hamilton High School
  • Marion County High School
  • Phillips High School
  • Sulligent High School

Kelley Harbison


Kelley Harbison is the ETS Advisor for the Sumiton Campus of Bevill State Community College. She is a graduate of Bevill State Community College and Athens State University. Kelly is a former ETS participant. The ETS program helped her make decisions about her college education and gave her tools to help her complete her program of study. It is Kelley's goal to assist the current ETS participants in the same manner.

Kelley currently lives in Jasper, AL and when not at work, she loves spending time with her nephews and working with the youth group at her church.


Schools Served:

  • Carbon Hill High School
  • Cordova High School
  • Curry High School
  • Dora High School
  • Hubbertville High School
  • Oakman High School
  • Oakman Middle School

Ambar Huish


Ambar Huish, a native of Sierra Vista, Arizona, earned a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Organizational Studies from Arizona State University in 2011 and an Associate of Arts from Western Nevada College in 2009. She played collegiate softball at Western Nevada College. In 2014 she graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition earning her Health Coach Certification. She has been working in higher education since 2011 in various roles including TRiO Student Support Services and is happy to be back in federal programs serving as the Talent Search Advisor for Educational Talent Search.

Amber says, "My heart is in helping others succeed and I look forward to serving all of you!"


Schools Served:

  • Berry High School
  • Gordo High School
  • Lamar County High School
  • Pickens County High School
  • South Lamar High School
  • Winfield High School