Frequently Asked Questions

What is Talent Search?
Who does Talent Search serve?
How does Talent Search serve students?
Why would I want to be a part of Talent Search?
Who can be a part of Talent Search?
How can I be a part of Talent Search?
What does it cost to participate in Talent Search?
Can I participate in Talent Search and Upward Bound or Upward Bound Math/Science?
If accepted, will I have to apply for Talent Search every year?
What is a workshop?
How can I go to a Talent Search field trip or college visit?
Is there any charge to participant in the trips and activities?
Why does Talent Search go on field trips?

What is Talent Search?
Crowder College Talent Search is a federally funded TRIO program designed to assist middle and high school students with the necessary understanding, skills, and desire to complete high school and then continue their education. Talent Search serves students who are traditionally underrepresented to explore training and educational options, and enroll in postsecondary education.

Who does Talent Search serve?
Talent Search serves students in the 6th through 12th grade in the following school districts:
  • McDonald County
    • McDonald County High School
    • White Rock Elementary
    • Rocky Comfort Elementary
    • Southwest City Elementary
    • Pineville Elementary
    • Anderson Elementary
    • Anderson Middle School
    • Noel Elementary
  • Neosho
    • Neosho High School
    • Neosho Jr. High School
    • Neosho Middle School
    • Neosho Alternative School
  • Seneca
    • Seneca High School
    • Iva E. Wells Middle School
  • Southwest R-5
    • Southwest R-5 High School
    • Southwest R-5 Middle School
  • Wheaton
    • Wheaton High School
    • Wheaton Jr. High

How does Talent Search serve students?
Talent Search serves students in the following ways:

  1. Talent Search advisors conduct monthly, grade appropriate workshops in each of the schools being served. These workshops cover a variety of academic, social, and college preparatory topics.
  2. Talent Search offers college visits to all local colleges and universities for high school juniors and seniors, as well as opportunities for 6th – 10th grade during field trips and Summer Academy.
  3. Talent Search offers grade appropriate field trips in the fall of each year, and cultural field trips each year.
  4. Talent Search offers additional Saturday and/or evening workshops on topics such as financial aid, ACT prep, manners, creative writing, etc.
  5. Talent Search offers grade appropriate Summer Academy that develop team work, social skills, knowledge of college information, public speaking skills, and mentoring.

Why would I want to be a part of Talent Search?
Talent Search is a free opportunity to receive extra information and academic assistance to improve academic success. You will learn in a fun, interactive way how you can plan for college and your career. You will have the chance to meet students from other schools who have similar goals and form relationships that will support you. Lastly, Talent Search is just plain fun!

Who can be a part of Talent Search?
Talent Search is designed for students who may be the first in their family to go to college to receive a four year degree, and for students who meet certain income guidelines. Crowder College Talent Search serves 6th through 12th grade students in five school districts: McDonald County, Neosho, Seneca, Southwest R-5 and Wheaton.

How can I be a part of Talent Search?
Ask your school counselor for an application for Talent Search. You must complete the application with your parents/guardians. The completed application must include you and your parent/guardian signature to be considered. You may return the application to your counselor or mail it to the Talent Search office. Applications must be complete for the student to be considered for the program. Participants are chosen based upon an income guideline and as the first generation in the family to strive for a four year college degree.

What does it cost to participate in Talent Search?
There is no cost to participants and their family. Talent Search is a federally funded TRIO program.

Can I participate in Talent Search and Upward Bound or Upward Bound Math/Science?
No, you can only participate in one TRIO program at a time. Talent Search does encourage participants to apply for Upward Bound if they wish their freshman year of high school. If they are accepted into either the Upward Bound or Upward Bound Math/Science programs, they will no longer be served by Talent Search.

If accepted, will I have to apply for Talent Search every year?
No. Once a student is selected for participation in the program, she/he does not reapply each year and will remain in the program until graduation from high school.

What is a workshop?
An in-school workshop is 30-60 minute monthly meeting with a Talent Search Advisor. Workshop topics include career exploration, study skills, teamwork, college preparation, etc. These workshops occur during regular school hours. All Talent Search participants in the school and grade attend.In-school workshops give students a chance to identify with a group of students in the same grade, who are focused on academic success, planning for the future and thinking about college. Talent Search encourages students to develop good social skills and treat others with respect.Parents should ask their student to see the handout from the in-school workshop so that the concepts and ideas can be discussed as a family.


How can I go to a Talent Search field trip or college visit?
Once you are a participant in the Talent Search program you will have a chance to sign up for field trips, college visits, summer academies, and evening/Saturday workshops. Remember that some activities are sometimes limited in number. Make sure that you have your parents compete and return the necessary medical, and information release forms in a timely manner in the fall. When you receive information about an activity, be sure to fill out any necessary papers and/or call the office to sign up for the trip.Please remember that once you sign up for an activity that you are taking a spot that someone else may not receive. If something should arise that keeps you from attending be sure to call the Talent Search office as soon as possible so that someone else may be able to take your place.

Is there any charge to participant in the trips and activities?
There is no cost to participants and their family. Talent Search is a federally funded TRIO program. When on trips, Talent Search provides meals, snacks and drinks when appropriate for the length of the trip.


Why does Talent Search go on field trips?
Field trips provide Talent Search students the chance to learn about the importance of education and planning for their futures interactively.Research shows that the largest percentage of American students learn kinesthetically (hands-on learning by “doing”).What better way to learn what careers and education that will be available, then by taking them to places that will allow them experience.

Have a great idea for a field trip?
Talent Search advisors are always looking for some place new and exciting. Take a minute to drop us a note.