We serve students at Burns Middle, Burns High, Crest Middle, Crest High, Cleveland Early College High, Kings Mountain Middle, Kings Mountain High, Shelby Middle, and Shelby High. Students must apply and be accepted into the program.
What is TRIO?
TRIO is a federal grant program
that provides its participants academic, career, and financial counseling and encourages them to graduate from high school and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes financial aid availability and assists participants with the postsecondary application process.
The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.
75%of TRIO seniors enroll in college
41colleges visited with TRIO over the past 5 years
500TRIO students are served annually in Cleveland County Schools
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We use Brainfuse.com for 24/7 live tutoring for our students! Click here to find out how to login, access an instant tutor, and submit a paper to the Writing Lab.
We’ve got TONS of great resources to help you explore careers, consider colleges, find volunteer opportunities, and more.
Just for SENIORS
You have a lot to do… start here! We’ve collected links and resources to help you with FAFSA, Residency Verification, college applications, and scholarships.
When our students talk…
Aliajah Cumberlander TRIO Alumni, NC A&T
Seriously want to thank all of TRIO for the amazing opportunities that you give to us students. Many people do not take notice in young kids to help them grow and prepare for life!! The places y'all have taken us and the adventures we have been on will always be some of my best memories! (quote from text sent to Ms. Thomas after returning from NYC)
Noah Jenkins Senior at Shelby High 2022-2023
Noah has toured many colleges with TRIO and even attended the Clemson Men of Color National Summit in 2020.
Diana Gabriel TRIO Alumni, Western Carolina University
What I found most helpful about TRIO was the positive atmosphere and the strong culture of support. It was a place that helped me feel connected to my peers outside of the classroom. It also helped me grow as an individual whether I knew it at the time or not. I believe TRIO played a big role in shaping the outgoing person I am today. … I was shy and extremely reserved and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life; furthermore I was questioning if college was even for me! TRIO helped guide me in the right direction. (quote from interview published in EdNC)
Laila Chambers TRIO Alumni, NC A&T
They took us on college tours and let us volunteer during several opportunities. They gave us knowledge on how to further our career and our goals. (quote from Spectrum News report on Ms. Chambers)