The purpose of PCC's Talent Search Program (TS) 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. TS staff work to guide and advise students of college requirements so students are eligible to apply to the university of their choice. Furthermore, participants receive career advisement, financial literacy workshops, SAT/ACT preparation and college tours.


History


PCC's 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 Talent Search (TS) grant to serve Pasadena Unified School District High Schools (PUSD). In 2016, the TS 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 TS Program. TS has graduated over 100 students annually, with over 90% of them enrolling into 2 year and 4 year colleges.

The 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 

2015-2016

2016-2017  

2017-2018   

Graduated Seniors

160

283

266

Enrolled Into College

139

171

239

% Enrolled Into College    

86%

81%

89%

2 year

70

138

123

4 year

69

33

116