TRIO Educational Talent Search

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TRIO Educational Talent Search (TRIO ETS), a federally funded U.S. Department of Education program, is designed to prepare and motivate low-income, first-generation college students for success in college. TRIO ETS participants in 6th-12th grade receive college, career and financial aid information, academic advising, and educational field trips in preparation for successful enrollment and graduation from post secondary institutions. American River College TRIO Educational Talent Search serves 1500 middle school and high school student in three neighboring school districts.

Apply to TRIO ETS:
We're excited to have you join the TRIO Educational Talent Search program! Apply in 3 easy steps!

Step 1:
Go to TRIO ETS Application
Step 2:
Fill out the application completely and...
Step 3:
Submit form. Please e-mail questions to

Once you are admitted into the program, your school site staff will directly notify you. Please remember that eligibility requirements may apply.

TRIO ETS Application

Student Eligibility

As a federally funded program, TRIO Educational Talent Search participants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents.

Two-thirds of students must meet federal low-income guidelines and be a first-generation college student.

The other 1/3 of students can be any student enrolled at a target school site.

Students must also demonstrate the potential to succeed in post-secondary education. 

Participants must submit an application for acceptance into the program.

FREE Student Services

Academic Advising
Secondary and Post-Secondary Course Advising.
Connections to Tutoring Resources
College Entrance Exam Preparation
College & Career Awareness
College Exploration Activities
Information on Majors and Careers
Assistance Completing College Applications
Information on Admissions, Financial Aid, College Enrollment Process and Educational Equity Programs (TRIO SSS, EOP)
College and Educational Campus Visits
Financial Aid Awareness
Assistance in Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Information on Scholarship Opportunities


Administrator: Chad Funk
Director: TBD
Phone: (916) 484-8063


Monday - Friday:
8:00 am - 4:30 pm


ARC Main Campus: Student Center Building - The Hub

Administrative Staff:

Program Director - Diana Garcia

Clerk - Liza Lipscomb
Office: (916) 484-8063

Clerk 1 - asmine Fackler-Zavala

Student Personnel Assistant - Joshua Bonzo

Outreach Specialist - Zoua Thao (Nikki)

School Site Staff

Center High School - Boun Moua

Center High School - Molly Schuller

Natomas High School - Karina Tinoco-Martinez

Natomas High School - Bianka Munoz-Jovel

Mesa Verde High School - Claudia Goana

Wilson C. Riles Middle School - Alejandro Llamas Delgadillo

Wilson C. Riles Middle School - Christian Catalan

Natomas Middle School - Cesar Torres

Sylvan Middle School - Stephanie Gomez

Sylvan Middle School - Jose Escalante

Student Mentors

Alicia Rodriguez

Learzi Peredo

Sabrina Roa