Academic Talent Search (ATS) is one of the Federal TRiO Programs funded 100% by the Department of Education. Located in the same office at JWCC’s Student Support Services, the program is dedicated to assisting students in identifying and maintaining healthy academic habits from elementary through high school. Our goal is to ensure that students have access to the tools and resources available to be successful in higher education. We assist students in pursuit of various programs of study, including vocational & trade schools, business schools, two & four year colleges, and universities.
ATS Advisors target youth in grades fifth through twelfth (5-12) at various participating schools (listed below), who reside in the JWCC district. Academic Talent Search also serves dropouts by assisting them in reentering the educational system.
Parents of the students must be a US Citizen, income must meet Federal guidelines, and/or neither parent must not have received a bachelor’s degree.
Eligible students must have a C or above average in all school subjects and have an interest in Post-Secondary education.
Schools we currently serve, include:
Students may enter the program in a variety of ways. Advisors go into classrooms, explain the program to students, and send information home for parents/guardians to review. We also receive referrals from school counselors, teachers, principals, current participants, parents, relatives, community agency personnel, or just by word of mouth.
Services for 5th-8th graders:
Services for 9th-12th graders:
To assist participants in making informed career choices, completing their high school diploma, and obtaining information and guidance in their pursuit of a college education.
Here are some of the services provided to meet our mission:
ATS receives 100% of its funding through a grant [$303,284] from the U.S. Department of Education with in-kind support from JWCC.