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Trio Talent Search

Talent Search (TS) is a federally funded TRIO program that provides educational guidance services to encourage individuals in the pursuit of further education or training after high school. Individuals in the program receive information and assistance on career and academic planning. Talent Search is designed to help students who are enrolled in schools and adults who are interested in continuing their education.

Seven hundred fifty-six (756) middle and high school students participate in the Talent Search program. Participant eligibility is based upon federal guidelines. The student participants are selected from school guidance counselors based upon the student's potential ability for success at the postsecondary level.

Talent Search staff works with eligible participants through in-school presentations and an academic summer camp component. Advisors work with 756 students at 14 area schools in the following systems:

  • Hopkins County
  • Muhlenberg County
  • Crittenden County
  • Webster County

Madisonville Community College TS is 100% federally funded.


Who Can Participate?

With the assistance of teachers, guidance counselors, and principals, students are selected based on need. We are mandated by the Department of Education to select a certain number of students who meet the program requirements which includes students that fall below certain income levels and/or whose parents did not graduate from a 4-year post-secondary institution. However, not all students are required to meet this criterion. The primary objective of Talent Search seeks is to select students who are motivated and have the potential to pursue a post-secondary education. New students are recruited primarily in the fall, particularly 6th graders; however, referrals are appreciated all year and from all grades. Interested applicants should contact the ETS office, be considered. Submission of an application does not guarantee placement in Talent Search.


Talent Search has many activities for students throughout the year. Regularly scheduled workshops, college campus tours, and enrichment trips are conducted during the school year. Summer activities include campus tours and cultural enrichment trips. Talent Search also provides newsletters to both students and parents. Talent Search strongly encourages parents to become actively involved in preparing for their child s educational goals. Topics covered by Talent Search include:

  • Career Exploration
  • Drop Out Prevention
  • College Information
  • Financial Aid Scholarship
  • Goal Setting
  • College Campus Tours
  • Job Outlook
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Post-Secondary Selection Information
  • Study Skills
  • ACT Test Taking Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication Skills

During the school year, Talent Search advisors conduct regularly scheduled in-school workshops that are designed to be both fun and pertinent to successfully completing secondary education and enrolling in a program of postsecondary education. Workshops topics include career games, bridge building, college information, money for college, career information and character-building activities.

College Visits

Talent Search takes students on various campus visits.  Some of the campuses visited includes Murray State University (MSU), Western Kentucky University (WKU), University of Louisville (U of L), University of Kentucky (UK), Brescia, Berea, Austin Peay, Kentucky Wesleyan, Vanderbilt, University of Evansville, Owensboro Community and Technical College, and West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Cultural Trips

Participants are also given the opportunity to participate in cultural and career trips.  Examples of cultural experience and career trips include the Glema Mahr Center, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, River Park Center Martin Luther King Museum, Louisville Science Museum, Evansville Museum, KET television station, and the Corvette Factory.


In the past the Talent Search program has taken senior and summer trips to places like Gatlinburg, Atlanta, Louisville, St. Louis, Chicago, and a trip visiting various schools and landmarks in Kentucky.

After acceptance into the Talent Search program, regular attendance and participation at the monthly in-school workshop are required to participate in scheduled activities. All activities are paid for by the federally funded TRIO Talent Search program.


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