TCC Awarded $1.2 million Talent Search Grant

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 22, 2016) – The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.2 million grant to Tallahassee Community College to increase the college readiness of Gadsden County students over the next five years.

Educational Talent Search is an educational opportunity outreach program designed to motivate and support students from diverse backgrounds. The program provides assistance for low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities to support their progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postsecondary education.

The new award will continue an ongoing ETS project that has served Gadsden County students since 2006. The project is a partnership between TCC and Gadsden County Schools and is based at TCC’s Florida Public Safety Institute, which is located in Gadsden County.

“This program has made a real difference in the lives of thousands of Gadsden County students,” said Lori Livingston, director of the ETS program. “It’s exciting to know that we will be able to continue serving these wonderful students who have such potential to be leaders in their future professions.”

The program provides academic, career and financial counseling to participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to the postsecondary institution of their choice. The program will serve 500 students each year, and all Gadsden County students in grades six through 12 are eligible to participate.

For information, contact Lori Livingston at livingsl@tcc.fl.edu or (850) 558-3642.