The purpose of PCC's Educational Talent Search Program (ETS) is to provide college planning and preparation tools that guide low-income, potential first generation college students as they transition from high school to college. ETS staff work to guide and advise students of college requirements so students are eligible to apply to the university their choice. Furthermore, participants receive career advisement, financial aid information, financial literacy workshops, and college tours.

As a participant in ETS, you will receive academic, career, and financial mentoring.


History


PCC's Educational Talent Search program is part of the Federal TRIO Programs, which include eight programs that are targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school through college. In 2011, PCC was awarded the first 5 year Educational Talent Search (ETS) grant to serve Pasadena Unified School District High Schools (PUSD). In 2016, the ETS grant to serve PUSD high schools was renewed and a second 5 year grant was added to include 4 El Monte High Schools. Of the 37,000 public and private high schools in the United States, Pasadena and El Monte High Schools are one of only 1,300 high schools to have an ETS Program. ETS has graduated over 100 students annually, with over 90% of them enrolling into 2 year and 4 year colleges.

The Educational Talent Search program at PCC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education from 2016-2020 in the amount of $240,000 annually. All program services are free to eligible participants.


Program Statistics


Description 

2012-2013

2013-2014   

2014-2015   

Graduated Seniors

129

111

101

Enrolled Into College

122

101

94

% Enrolled Into College    

95%

91%

93%

2 year

61

41

51

4 year

61

59

43