Talent Search Transitions

TRiO programs are designed to identify and provide services to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The ECC TRiO programs serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school through postsecondary programs.

Counselors and teachers are encouraged to recommend students.

About the Talent Search Transitions Program

The Talent Search Transitions Program at ECC provides academic, career, and financial counseling to participating students as we help them graduate from high school and continue onto postsecondary education. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the program provides academic assistance and personalized support to qualified middle and high school students who want additional guidance in navigating their educational options.


For middle school:

  • Tutoring support twice a week at the school site.
  • Monthly career and college workshops for students and families.
  • Summer two-week program for students for strengthening basic skills and exploring careers and colleges.

For high school:

  • Monthly Transition Academy Program that meets on Saturdays with curriculum focused on socio-emotional development and college and career readiness with embedded mentor support.
  • Monthly Talent Search Tuesdays at the school site for tutoring and other college and career readiness support.
  • Monthly career and college workshops for students and families.
  • Five-week summer program focused on strengthening basic skills and preparing for college and careers.

Program Eligibility

The Talent Search Program serves students who are in grades 6–12. Middle school students must attend Abbott, Ellis, Kimball, Larsen, Carpentersville, Canton, or Tefft Middle Schools. High school students must attend Elgin, Larkin, Streamwood or Dundee-Crown High Schools. These students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Demonstrated financial need OR;
  3. Potential first-generation college student (neither parent(s)/legal guardian(s) graduated from a four-year college or university in the U.S.).

To apply for the program, complete the attached. Forms must be printed and signed by the parent/guardian before submission to ECC.

Steps to Apply

To be considered for the program, please complete the following steps:

  1. Download our application packet - PDF. Note: Parents must complete the application packet.
  2. Complete the form on a computer to type your responses, please do not print out the forms and complete by hand.
  3. Save completed forms to a computer or other storage method.
  4. Prepare the following documentation to submit with the application. Note: The federal Department of Education funds these services and requires verification of this information to confirm that your child and family qualify for the program:
    • Last completed and signed 1040 tax forms.
    • Child’s Birth Certificate.
    • Child’s Social Security card.
    • Child’s Medical/Insurance card.
    • Child’s most recent school transcript.
  5. Print the typed application forms and sign where indicated.
  6. Bring your completed application forms and copies of documentation listed above in person to the Talent Search office at Elgin Community College, Building F, Room 222.

Our ability to serve students is determined on a first come, first serve basis. It is important to turn in the application and all supporting documents as soon as possible. All submitted applications and documentation are kept confidential.