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Educational Talent Search

Our Talent Search Program Offers Students:

We provide students with individualized support and information from trained Program Specialist to help students with their career and college goals for life beyond high school.

We provide students with group instructional activities before, during, and after school workshops and seminars. We are looking at adding other weekend and summer leadership camps, summits, or seminars in 2018.

We work with parents and families of the students in our program to help them support their students at home for their career and college goals in life beyond high school.

We provide at no cost to the families or students the following services and/or field trips while participating in our program:

  • Career (Industry) relate field trips and career fair opportunities
  • College related field trips and higher education events or opportunities
  • Workshops – seminars – or instructional sessions on the following topics (aligning to career and college readiness goals of each district being served):

    • Career and College Interests and Exploration
    • Career and College Planning and Preparation
    • Study Skills and Tutoring
    • College Test Prep Sessions (Including Fee waivers for entrance exams and applications, when needed)
    • Mentoring
    • College Application Assistance
    • Financial Aid and Scholarship Assistance
    • Parent(s) and/or Legal Guardian(s) Workshops or session on similar topics

Talent Search Eligibility Requirements:

Our Department is supported from a Federal TRIO grant which is for underserved populations for low socio-economic and potentially first generation college going students. Our priority enrollment is based on federal laws and regulations, from the Higher Education Act. In grades 6th through 12th grade.

Students at our Target school sites in the county: Corning High School, Gerber School (6-8 grade), Maywood Middle (6-8 grade), Red Bluff High School, and Vista Preparatory Academy (6-8 grade). We also serve Centennial and Salisbury Continuation High Schools.

Students Selection Criteria: (based on family income, size, and high education background)

  • US Citizen or Permanent US Resident
  • Minimum of a 2.0 GPA (verified each semester at school sites)

    • Students who drop below 2.0 at any point during the school year, may be dropped from participating in the program
    • Students may re-apply the following academic school year, with intent to improve their grades, behavior, and/or attendance
  • Must have good attendance and no behavior discipline (tardies, unexcused absences, suspensions and/or expulsions)

    • Students who have behavior or attendance issues at any point during the school year, may be dropped from participating in the program
    • Students may re-apply the following academic school year, with intent to improve their grades, behavior, and/or attendance
  • Attending one of the served target school sites in Tehama County – (6th-12th grade)
  • Priority 1 Enrollment Students: Must be at least 2/3s of the student population must come from low income and be potentially first generation college students (meaning that neither parent has completed a bachelor’s degree or higher)
  • Priority 2 Enrollment Students: Can be up to 1/3 of the student population can be either low income only or potentially first generation college students only

    • Only completed student applications (entirely), signed and dated by both the student and parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) can be accepted to review for potential placement in the program at their school site served

Students Interested in Applying

You can apply by (a) stopping in to see your local site Program Specialist (listed on our web page) or download the application (English or Spanish), complete in whole – sign and date, with the student and parent(s)/legal guardian(s) information, signatures, and date.

Educational Talent Search Brochure - English
Educational Talent Search Brochure - Spanish

Educational Talent Search Applications - English
Educational Talent Search Applications - Spanish

If you have further questions or need assistance, please contact the Bridge to College and Career Department (at Tehama County Department of Education):

530-528-7362 – Program Assistant, Marilyn Zimmers
530-528-7364 – Project Director, Sherry D. Davis, Ed.D.

Promise Neighborhood Program

Similar to Educational Talent Search. Promise Neighborhood will be more inclusive at Corning Elementary School District in Tehama County. Maywood Middle and Woodson Elementary School. Students in grades 6th – 8th grade will all be inclusive through use of other grant and federal funds in this program to support activities and instructional workshops/seminars that are exactly the same at the other Educational Talent Search Middle School programs in Tehama County.

Bridge to College and Career Department strives to give students (and their parent(s)/legal guardian(s)) consistency and continuity as they move through Middle School and transition on to local high schools with the services provided.

While it is not required to apply or be accepted at these two middle schools (based on the particular funding to support the program at Maywood and Woodson). We are encouraging all the students in grades 6th through 8th to complete (and parent(s)/legal guardian(s) as well) so that as the students complete their middle school years and transition into the Corning High School they will know if they qualify for the Educational Talent Search program and will only need to do “update” information contact sheets for the program (based on eligibility of the grant requirements).

Our Promise Neighborhood Program Offers Students:

We provide students with individualized support and information from trained Program Specialist to help students with their career and college goals for life beyond middle and high school. 

We provide students with group instructional activities before, during, and after school workshops and seminars. We are looking at adding other weekend and summer leadership camps, summits, or seminars in 2018.

We work with parents and families of the students in our program to help them support their students at home for their career and college goals in life beyond middle and high school.

We provide at no cost to the families or students the following services and/or field trips while participating in our program

  • Career and College Fairs and events at their school sites or in the county

    • College Field trips for 7th grade to Shasta County (Simpson University and Shasta College)
    • College Field trips for 8th grade to Butte County (Chico State University and Butte College, Chico Center)
  • Workshops – seminars – or instructional sessions on the following topics (aligning to career and college readiness goals of each district being served):

    • Career Interests and Exploration
    • College Interests and Exploration
    • Guest Speakers
    • School Site Events for Career and College Readiness
    • Study Skills and Tutoring
    • Mentoring
    • Parent(s) and/or Legal Guardian(s) Workshops or session on similar topics

If you have further questions or need assistance, please contact the Bridge to College and Career Department (at Tehama County Department of Education):

530-528-7362 – Program Assistant, Marilyn Zimmers
530-528-7364 – Project Director, Sherry D. Davis, Ed.D.