Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

What is TRIO TS?

Hanna Dee

Hanna, Graduate

TRIO Talent Search (TS) is an outreach program designed to help low income and educationally disadvantaged students who have the potential to be successful in college, to aspire, prepare for, and enroll in the college of their choice. TRIO TS students generally come from families in which neither parent had the opportunity to attend college or receive a college degree.

The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to postsecondary education. TRIO Talent Search also serves students who dropped out of high school by encouraging them to reenter the educational system and complete their education.

Our Goal

The goal of TRIO Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in college.

The TRIO TS Program at the PCC Willow Creek Center was established to serve 500 students in the Beaverton School Districts of Washington County. Two thirds of our participants must meet be first generation students and meet the U.S. Department of Education's income guidelines for Federal TRIO Programs. One third of our students need only demonstrate a need for services. This can be achieved through a needs assessment after receiving a referral from a teacher, counselors, parent or an agency. Students may also make a self-referral.