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What is Talent Search

Talent Search identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assists participants with the postsecondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.


  • One of 8 federal TRIO programs
  • Serves 500 sixth through twelfth graders each year
  • Encourages students to pursue post-secondary education: Bachelors Degree, Associates Degree, or Post-Secondary Certificate
  • Eligible students must meet federal income guidelines and be potential first-generation college students.  Others may also be served based on other specific criteria.

Partner Schools

NCMC Talent Search is partnering with the St. Joseph School District and will serve 6-12 graders in the St. Joseph School District from the following schools:

  • Benton High School
  • Central High School
  • Lafayette High School
  • Robidoux Middle School
  • Spring Garden Middle School
  • Truman Middle School