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Talent Search Transitions Program

About the Talent Search Transitions Program

ECC provides academic, career, and financial counseling to participating students to help them graduate from high school and continue post-secondary education through the Talent Search Transitions Program. Funded by the US Department of Education, the program provides services to qualified middle and high school students who want additional guidance in navigating their paths and options.

Program Eligibility

The Talent Search Transitions Program serves students in grades 7 to 12. Talent Search is a federally funded TRIO program.

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.

Students must meet the following criteria:

  1. The student is a US citizen or a permanent resident.
  2. The family demonstrates financial need OR;
  3. The student is a potential first-generation college student (neither parent(s)/legal guardian(s) graduated from a four-year college or university in the US).


  • Advice in secondary school course selection
  • Explore career options
  • Goal setting and post-secondary planning
  • Academic support
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations
  • Support in completing college admission applications
  • Guidance in completing financial aid applications
  • Tour colleges
  • Workshops for parents/guardians

Steps to Apply

Please submit a complete Talent Search application, including additional verification documents, to be considered for the program. If the student is under 18, the guardian must help complete the application packet. You can submit it by choosing one of the columns below and completing its labeled steps:

Application Type Application Steps
Physical Application
  1. Email with a physical address where we can send the application (note if you would like an English or Spanish version) OR request a physical application from a school counselor.
  2. Complete the paperwork and submit it either through mail at:
    1700 Spartan Drive
    Building K Room K102, Talent Search
    Elgin, IL 60123
    OR fax to 847 608-5493
Electronic Application
  1. Access the application.
  2. Download it to the computer and type answers directly into the document (saving regularly).
  3. Print the completed document, sign in designated areas, and scan the signed version completely.
  4. Submit a signed application through email at OR fax to 847-608-5493.
Online Application
  1. Access Talent Search Application Online - Para la versión en español, seleccione el botón de idioma en la parte superior de la página.
  2. Have the required documentation ready to send via

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


Talent Search Transitions

Building K, Room K102

Monday through Friday: 8 am to 5 pm