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Our Programs



The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are federal outreach and student services programs in the United States designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. They are administered, funded, and implemented by the United States Department of Education. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. Their existence is owed to the passing of the Higher Education Act of 1965.[1]

The College Dreams TRiO Talent Search Program started serving middle school and high school students in Josephine County in the Fall of 2011.  We provide the same college and career preparation services as the regular College Dreams program, but with a focus on students who are from low-income families, who will become the first college graduates in their families, and who are academically on track for college.

We Provide:

  • A College Preparation Specialist to promote academic excellence and college readiness as well as provide mentoring, skill-building, and counseling
  • College Tours to both public and private Oregon colleges and Universities
  • College awareness and readiness activities
  • Career awareness and experience opportunities
  • Support for access to special camps and pre-college programs
  • Scholarships (starting in 6th grade)
  • Recreational outings
  • Financial education
  • Tutoring
  • Incentives for good grades
  • Community service opportunities
  • Support with financial aid, college applications, and scholarship applications
  • …and more!!


For more information, please contact:

Kim DeSimone, MSW

Program Director, TRiO/Talent Search

College Dreams operates our core middle and high school programs through our College Incentive Program. In 2011, College Dreams was able to expand our core programs in Josephine County through funding from the Federal TRIO/Talent Search Program. Youth enrolled in College Incentive or Talent Search may also be eligible for the IDA Program or Career Build.

To view the details of these programs, make a selection above.

A study of Dreamers and matched comparison students from the high school class of 2005 demonstrated that Dreamers were arrested 74% less often by the end of 10th grade, and dropped out of high school 62% less frequently by the end of 12th grade. Dreamers were more than twice as likely to be a member of the National Honor Society, and to be fully prepared for college admission. Dreamers received four times the amount of scholarship awards at their high school senior awards celebrations. Our alumni who enter college boast a six-year BA/BS completion rate of 80%, well above the national 55%-60% average for all students, and far above the 11% benchmark for low-income, first-generation students.