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College of Lake County (Talent Search)

  • College of Lake County (Talent Search)
  • 19351 West Washington Street
  • Grayslake, IL 60030
  • 847-543-2049
  • 1965

Program Description

Educational Talent Search is funded by the Department of Education and is offered by College of Lake County. The post-secondary access program is designed to serve students who are primarily from low-income households and are potential first generation college students interested in attending college. The program also assists participants who do not fit low-income or first generation criteria. The program supports students at Zion-Benton, Waukegan, North Chicago and Round Lake High Schools in Lake County, IL.

Program services include: college exploration, college application assistance, college visits, workshops, tutoring, homework assistance, ACT preparation, career exploration and career shadowing visits, financial aid/FAFSA application assistance, and scholarship search assistance.

Each year more than 800 students are successfully served via the Educational Talent Search Program. The program tracks persistence rates of high school students to graduation. In addition, the college application rate is more than 90% and the enrollment rate typically ranges from 85-94%.

Success Stories

Megan is a recent graduate of an ETS-supported high school. She successfully completed her diploma and used the Educational Talent Search Program to seek colleges, apply for college admission, apply for financial aid/FAFSA, and to apply for and scholarship aid. Megan was accepted by all of her college choices. Megan secured the necessary scholarship aid to attend Southern Illinois University in Fall 2013, as a pre-med major.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 6%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 45%
  • Other: 4%
  • African American: 45%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 828
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Alabama State University
  • Carthage College
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • DePaul University
  • Dillard University
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Howard University
  • Illinois State University
  • Marquette University
  • Morehouse College
  • Norfolk State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Prairie View A & M University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • Spelman College
  • Tennessee State University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Maryland-College Park
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Virginia Union University