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CCC Talent Search Program Extended

Clatsop Community College has received a new grant from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $306,724 that continues funding for its Talent Search Program.

Talent Search is one of two federally-funded TRiO pre-college programs which have been in operation at CCC for almost 20 years.  The other is Upward Bound.  Both serve low-income and potential first-generation college students and focus on academic achievement, college and career preparation, financial aid for post-secondary education, student advocacy and community/cultural exposure.  In addition, tutoring services and skill-building workshops are provided. 

Talent Search prepares students for higher education and subsequent careers.  Examples of the Program’s services include:  advice on classes and courses to take, help on improving grades, information about careers, help in applying for college, information about various colleges, field trips to colleges around the state, help in completing financial aid applications, help to improve studying and test taking skills, tutoring, counseling and advising, 

Last year CCC Talent Search served over 600 students in eight high schools and middle schools in Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside and Knappa.  Next year the program will serve a target of 671 students in those schools. 

Continuation of the grant means that these students will have all the information and support that they will need to go to college, pick the college that meets their needs, and have a good idea of possible careers to pursue. 

“Talent Search has provided services to thousands of low-income, first generation college participants in Clatsop County. We are thrilled to be able to continue to encourage and support students to graduate from high school, and enroll in and complete college,” said Program Director Robert McClelland.

Please direct inquiries to Robert McClelland, Director Upward Bound & Talent Search, 503-325-2898/503-338-2370

Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. Clatsop Community College’s Talent Search program is 100% funded by a federal grant in the amount of $306,724.

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