There is no doubt that success in college begins at the secondary level, with proper course selection, stellar academic performance and career focus during the high school years. However, students that come from disadvantaged backgrounds, or who have never had a family member attend college
, face nearly insurmountable obstacles when preparing for the possibility of postsecondary education. To give some of these students a chance at a college degree, the Talent Search Program was born.
What is the Talent Search Program?
According to the Ed.gov website
, the Talent Search Program is designed to help disadvantaged youth who show the potential to succeed in postsecondary education. This program identifies youth that fall into this category and provides them with the financial, career and academic support they need to succeed in high school and beyond. Talent Search also looks for individuals who have not yet completed their secondary or postsecondary education and provides necessary resources to encourage those individuals to return to the world of academia to earn their high school equivalency and a postsecondary degree or certificate.
The programs offered through the Talent Search Program include:
· Aptitude assessments and counseling to prepare students for the rigors of college
and tutorial programs to come alongside students and help them succeed
· Career exploration resources to help students plan for their futures
· Information about various postsecondary options available
· Alternative education options for those returning to finish their secondary education