TRiO Talent Search is one of more than 700 TRiO programs nationwide that are funded by the U.S. Department of Education to promote academic achievement among disadvantaged populations.  EVC's TRiO TS program is a free, federally-funded program that serves six target High Schools in San Jose, helping low-income and potential first-generation students successfully graduate from secondary school and enroll in post-secondary education.


Program Services

  • Tutoring
  • Advice and assistance in secondary school course selection
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations (SAT prep)
  • Assistance in completing college admission application
  • Information on the full range of Federal student financial aid programs and benefits, and assistance in completing financial aid applications, including (FAFSA)
  • Guidance on and assistance in -
    • Secondary School reentry;
    • Alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts that lead to the receipt of a regular secondary school diploma;
    • Entry into general educational development (GED) programs; or
    • Entry into postsecondary education
  • Exposure to the campuses of institutions of higher education, as well as to cultural events, academic programs, and other sites or activities not usually available to disadvantaged youth
  • Workshops and counseling for families of participants served

Target HS

  • William C. Overfelt HS
  • Latino College Preparatory Academy
  • Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy
  • Luis Valdez Leadership Academy
  • Abraham Lincoln HS
  • San Jose HS

Program Eligibility

  • Attend one of the Target HS or reside in the target area
  • Have completed the fifth grade or be at least 11 years old and not older than 27 years old
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • First-generation and low-income
  • Agree to commit to actively participate in program activities
  • Complete a TRiO TS application

Student Application


Brandon Yanari

Interim Supervisor

Tina Tieu

Student Retention Assistant

Student Service Center, SC-110

M-F: 8am-5pm

(or by appointment)