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 post-secondary 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 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. You are a U.S. citizen or a 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. Parents/guardians can download our PDF - Talent Search Application Packet packet or complete the online application here
  2. The Federal Department of Education funds these services and requires certain verifications to confirm that the student qualifies for the program. Please be prepared to provide the following information:
    1. Last completed and signed 1040 tax forms.
    2. Child’s Birth Certificate.
    3. Child’s Social Security card.
    4. Child’s Medical/Insurance card.
  3. Applications can be submitted through one of the formats below:
    1. The online application will be submitted virtually through the website.
    2. The completed PDF - Talent Search Application Packet, along with the required additional documentation, can be submitted through:
      1. Fax: 847-608-5493
      2. Scanning and emailing: talentsearchtransition@elgin.edu
      3. Making a copy and physically sending them to 1700 Spartan Drive, Bldg. F-222, Elgin, IL 60123

If you would like to complete the PDF application but cannot print it, please email us at talentsearchtransition@elgin.edu. We will be happy to send you the physical application through postal mail.

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.