JJC awarded $1.2 Million Grant for Talent Search Program to Serve 500 Joliet Central Students

Joliet Central High School is partnering with Joliet Junior College, which has received a $1.2 million TRiO grant from the U.S. Department of Education, to run the Educational Talent Search program to assist 500 Joliet Central students from disadvantaged backgrounds for the next five years.

The Joliet Central Talent Search (JCTS) project serves low-income, potential first-generation-college, homeless students, beginning in 8th grade and continuing through high-school graduation. Joliet Junior College will administer and facilitate the JCTS project in a strong partnership with Joliet Central High School through the summer of 2022 to increase high school graduation and college enrollment.

After selecting the eligible students, the JCTS project will provide participants academic, career, and financial counseling and encouragement to graduate from high school and complete a post-secondary education. Furthermore, students will participate in cultural enrichment, social and personal development workshops.

The project also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or post-secondary level to enter or reenter and complete post-secondary education.

The following JCTS Staff of Excellence team members, who all hold bachelor’s degrees and have experience working with eligible populations, look forward to actively supporting student participants:

  • DeAndre R. Butler, Director of Project Achieve-TRIO Programs
  • Kandis Wright, ETS Educational Outreach Specialist
  • LeRoy Peters, TRIO Educational Talent Search Coordinator
  • Joshua Edmon, ETS Educational Outreach Specialist

During the months of March and April of this year, JCTS will begin conducting admissions and recruitment presentations to prospective students and parents for program enrollment. For more information, please contact Mr. DeAndre Butler, Project Achieve Director, at debutler@jjc.edu or call (815) 280-2303.

About the Federal TRiO Programs

Funding for the Joliet Central Talent Search is provided by the Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO), outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to higher education.


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