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Our Mission is to "engage, educate and empower students to prepare for a successful future in higher education".

What is Educational Talent Search?

Educational Talent Search is a free program sponsored by Garden City Community College through a U.S. Department of Education grant. The program is designed to encourage participants to remain in school, earn their high school diplomas and pursue post-secondary education. Talent Search at GCCC is open to eligible Finney County residents at the 6th-12th grade levels, including students of USD 457.

Contact Information:

Director Talent Search
Advisor to GED, alternative high school students and adults
Heather Garcia
620-275-3231
heather.garcia@gcccks.edu
Educational Advisor
(11th & 12th grade & GED)
Rebekah Fitzpatrick
620-276-0404
rebekah.fitzpatrick@gcccks.edu

Talent Search Administrative Assistant
Annie Stoppel
annie.stoppel@gcccks.edu
Educational Advisor
(9th & 10th grade)
Janet Huerta
620-276-9621
janet.huerta@gcccks.edu

Eligibility Requirements

Academic Success - the desire to work hard to achieve good grades

First Generation - neither parent has a four-year college degree

Taxable Income - federal TRIO guidelines

Post - Secondary Education - the desire to attend college or technical school

Age - At least 11 years of age or older

(Or - An adult who is interested in going back to college

         An adult who is interested in receiving a GED)

Grade - Have completed the 5th grade and entered 6th grade

Services Provided

The following services provided by Educational Talent Search are provided free of charge:

  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Personal Counseling
  • Cultural Events
  • Career Counseling
  • Academic Advice and Course Selection
  • Financial Aid Application Assistance
  • School Community Events
  • College Visits
  • Personal Success Planning
  • Cultural Awareness Activities
  • Academic Awards Event
  • Summer Academy
  • Parent Workshops
  • Technology Assistance


How To Apply

Fill out an application in English or in Spanish and submit it to:

Educational Talent Search Program
Garden City Community College
801 Campus Drive
Garden City, Kansas 67846
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