Serving students in grades 6-12, Educational Talent Search is a U.S. Department of Education TRIO program designed to motivate youth to stay in school, attain academic excellence, graduate from high school and enter college. Moraine Valley runs the program at four district middle schools (Kellar, Kerr, Veterans Memorial and Nathan Hale Middle Schools) and two district high schools (Eisenhower and Richards High Schools).


Participants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college-bound student (neither parent/guardian has received a bachelor's degree)
  • Student with documented financial need
  • Student in grades 6-12 (11-18 years old)
  • Adult seeking re-entry services (18-27 years old)
  • Student demonstrating academic potential and/or need for services


  • Academic advising
  • Career exploration and development activities
  • College application assistance
  • College campus visits
  • Cultural enrichment and field trips
  • Financial aid information
  • Job shadowing
  • Re-entry assistance
  • Technology proficiency
  • Tutoring
  • Workshops for participants’ families

Questions? Contact Melanie Olivera-Jones at or (708) 608-4025.