Director, Jon Graves

Office phone (503) 325-2898

Email at

Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am -5:00 pm


Meredith Payton

College/Career Advisor
Cell #208-596-1010
Astoria High School:
Monday:  7:30 am-3:45 pm
Wednesday:  7:30 am-3:00 pm
Thursday:  7:45 am-3:00 pm
Knappa High School:
Tuesday:  8:00 am-3:30 pm
Friday:  7:30 am-4:00 pm

Kasey White

College/Career Advisor
Cell #541-345-3415
Middle Schools:
HLE & BMS, alternate Mondays
AMS & WGS, alternate Fridays
Warrenton High School:
Tuesday & Wednesday:
7:45 am-3:00 pm
Thursday / FLEX:
7:00 am-3:00 pm

Troy Henri

College/Career Advisor
Cell #503-349-9668
Seaside High School:
Monday & Thursday:
8:00 am-3:15 pm

Alternate Wednesdays
8:00 am-4:00 pm

Talent Search

Talent Search at CCC serves 671 students from 6th – 12th grade in cooperation with the Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside and Knappa school districts. Our mission is to help students succeed in school and develop a clear vision of their educational choices beyond high school. We recognize that parent, school and community involvement are crucial to the success of the program and the students.  TS is 100% funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education for $399,649 annually.


TS helps our enrolled students to: 

  1. Be successful in middle school and high school classes. 
  2. Learn about career choices and educational options. 
  3. Begin setting individual educational and career goals and planning how to achieve them. 
  4. Select appropriate classes to build a foundation for their postsecondary work. 
  5. Graduate from high school prepared for postsecondary education. 
  6. Enter and successfully complete a postsecondary degree or certificate program.

Allied Health Day at Clatsop Community College on Friday, 12/6/19

for 9th-12th grade students

What Allied Health careers are available? 

Some allied health care providers work collaboratively with other providers, including physicians, nurses, dentists and pharmacists. They may play roles in evaluating and assessing a patient’s needs, keeping the physician and others informed of the patient’s progress and caring for the patient. Others work independently as specialists in exercise, nutrition, health education, speech and daily function.


The number of jobs in the health care industry is likely to grow in the years ahead & an increasing number of those will require bachelor and graduate degrees.


Career options include:

  • Athletic training 
  • Audiology 
  • Dental hygiene
  • Dietitians
  • Emergency medical sciences
  • Medical & Nursing assistants
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Radiography
  • Registered nurse
  • Speech language pathology


This trip will include:

  • Insight into health careers
  • Tour of CCC’s nursing & medical assistant facilities
  • Lunch on campus
  • CMH nurse presentation


For KHS students:

To view the flyer, please click here.  En español, haga click aquí.

To view the permission slip, please click here.  En español, haga click aquí.


For AHS, WHS & SHS students :

To view the flyer, please click here.  En español, haga click aquí.

To view the permission slip, please click here.  En español, haga click aquí.


Deadline for permission slips is 3:00 pm on Monday, Dec. 2nd. Please turn it in to your advisor or put it in their mailbox in the school office.

Talent Search (TS) is a cooperative program between Clatsop Community College and the Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside and Knappa school districts. Our mission is to help students succeed in school and to go on to the further education that's appropriate for their goals. We recognize that parent, school and community involvement are crucial to the success of the program and the students. TS is 100% funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Sample Talent Search Activities

  • 6th and 7th grades: In small groups and in classrooms, students start to explore career interests, study skills and self-esteem. A visit to Clatsop Community College is often a highlight of the 7th grade year.
  • 8th grade: Small group sessions focus on career exploration and high school readiness. Students have an opportunity to visit to a college or university.
  • 9th grade: Students are involved in small group and individual work on planning high school classes and defining career interests. A field trip to a college or university is offered, usually in the spring.
  • 10th & 11th grades: Students learn about the educational requirements of careers in fields related to their interests. They explore postsecondary education options, and visit colleges. College entrance requirements are emphasized. SAT/ ACT workshops are provided.
  • 12th grade: Talent Search coordinators help students work through the processes of applying for college admission, scholarships and financial aid. Several field trips to colleges and universities are offered.

What is the history of Talent Search?

Nationally, Talent Search grants have existed since 1965. In 1991, Oregon’s first three TS grants began in Portland, Coos Bay, and at Clatsop Community College. The CCC TS program celebrated 20 years of service to local students in the 2011-12 school year. Over the years, our TS program has continued to grow and develop to better serve local students. We are honored to have been part of the educational experience for over 4,500 local students so far.

Talent Search: Working with the entire community to benefit area students

  • School Involvement: Since beginning in 1991, Clatsop TS has built strong partnerships with classroom teachers, school counselors, administrators, and other staff. These partnerships are central to the program’s success. TS and school personnel work closely to help TS students succeed.
  • Parent Involvement:  Parents are key to a student's success. TS provides information and support for the parents of TS students.
  • Community Involvement:  Students need to see how their success and continuing education fit into their community. TS helps students find opportunities for community service, learn to communicate with employers, and seek community mentors.

Today's students are entering a world which demands education beyond high school for nearly all living wage jobs. We at TS work to help students: 


  • Learn about a wide variety of career and educational options; 
  • Take the high school classes they need to be ready for further education; 
  • Make individual plans for the future which include education after high school; 
  • Explore the changing nature of the job market; and, 
  • Complete the paperwork needed for college admission, financial aid and scholarship applications.

Our Talent Search staff work with students, parents, teachers and school counselors in a long-term approach to college and career planning. TS continues from 6th grade through college enrollment. TS provides information on careers and education, helps students identify their interests and abilities, and guides them in exploring postsecondary education options. TS helps students develop long-range plans, improve self-esteem and strengthen study skills.

Our TS students are able to benefit from program services and succeed in postsecondary education. In addition, most Talent Search students must qualify as both: 


  • Low-income (by federal definition); 
  • First generation of their family to go on to postsecondary education. Students are considered first generation if their parents have not completed four-year college degrees. 


Students who do not meet both of these qualifications, but who can benefit from TS services, may be enrolled in the program if space is available.

Need help with math? Could you use a time and place to focus on homework? Talent Search can help find tutoring as needed in math or other subjects. 


School-Sponsored Tutoring Opportunities 

Most schools provide tutoring and homework labs. These sessions are generally open to anyone who attends the school, including Talent Search students. Check with your school's principal or counseling office to find out if tutoring is offered. These are some of the currently scheduled sessions:


School Times & Locations

Warrenton High School

Mondays, 1-4 p.m. in the Library

Knappa High School

Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m. in the Library and Spanish Classroom

Seaside High School

Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. in the Library

Astoria High School

Thursdays, 1-5 p.m. in the Library

Meredith Payton, Astoria High School, Knappa High School

Troy Henri, Seaside High School

Kasey White, Warrenton High School, Hilda Lahti Elementary School, Astoria Middle School, Warrenton Grade School, Broadway Middle School

Jon Graves, Director

Laurel Fleet, Program Assistant

Katherine Johnson, PT Administrative Assistant