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Educational Talent Search

Talent Search in Boston and Brockton High Schools

As a U.S. Department of Education TRIO program, Talent Search assists high school students who have the potential to succeed in college, especially those with financial need and those who will be the first in their families to attend college. Advisors work with students to encourage them to complete high school and college or other postsecondary education programs.

Talent Search activities are specially designed to engage students and families that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education. We especially want to help students with limited English proficiency, students with disabilities, students in foster care, those aging out of the foster care system, and other disconnected students.

Our projects provide academic advising services, career exploration, self-inventory assessments, mentoring, information on postsecondary institutions as well as classroom and after-school workshops, designed to improve the college knowledge and financial literacy of students to ensure high-levels of awareness regarding their postsecondary options.  

American Student Assistance College Planning Services runs Talent Search programs in Boston and Brockton high schools.

Boston Talent Search

Students at Brighton High School, Community Academy of Science and Health (CASH), West Roxbury Academy, and Urban Science Academy are eligible to participate. To apply, parents and students should talk to a Talent Search Education Advisor at their school.

Brockton Talent Search 

Students at Brockton High School are eligible. Parents and students should apply through Green Guidance. For additional information, visit the Brockton High School Educational Talent Search page.

Talent Search Elsewhere

Different groups run the Talent Search program at schools around the country. Check with your high school or middle school advisors and teachers to find out if you’re eligible.

Meet Our Team

Julie Kimball

Julie Kimball

Project Director

Ms. Kimball oversees both Talent Search and GEAR UP in multiple sites across Boston Public Schools. She holds a BS from Lesley University in Cambridge, and MA and an M.Ed. from the University of Bristol in Bristol, England. Prior to joining ASA, Ms. Kimball had 15 years of education experience in public schools, community-based organizations, cultural institutions, health centers and private industry. Her favorite memories from college include taking apart small kitchen appliances for an interdisciplinary teaching methods course and being a math tutor as her campus work-study job.

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Kelli Rau

Kelli Rau

Career and College Supervisor

Ms. Rau oversees the effective implementation of day-to-day activities by providing support to the education advisors and serving as a liaison between the program and target schools’ administration. She also provides assistance with planning college tours and career events for both Talent Search and GEAR UP education advisors. Her favorite thing about college was living on campus and making life-long friends.

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Debbie Rateau-Laguerre

Debbie Rateau-Laguerre

Education Advisor

Ms. Rateau-Laguerre has been advising students at at Urban Science Academy and West Roxbury Academy since 2010. She also has over four years of teaching experience in grades 8-11. She is fluent in French Creole and can read and understand both French and Spanish. Meeting people from all over the world and interning at Boston Latin for her major in Education were her favorite things about college.

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Rubens Dort

Rubens Dort

Education Advisor

Mr. Dort advises students at the Community Academy of Science and Health. He holds a Master’s Degree in Math Education from Mercy College, and is seeking a Doctoral Degree in Urban Educational Leadership at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Prior to joining Talent Search, Mr. Dort worked for the University of Massachusetts, Boston at Project Reach, where he provided math instruction to low income and first generation college students. Mr. Dort is fluent in French and Haitian Creole and was a participant in a TRIO Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement Program. His favorite part of college was becoming friends with all kinds of people.

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See Vang-Segala

See Vang-Segala

Ms. Vang-Segala, who holds a Bachelor’s in Education Studies from Brown University, advises students at Brighton High School. Prior to joining Talent Search, she worked as a with College Advising Corps Boston, where she provided college application assistance to high school seniors, and as a Youth Leadership Coordinator with Social Capital Inc. at the Asian American Civic Association where she helped youth develop leadership skills through civic engagement initiatives. Her favorite thing about college: Being given the space, time, and opportunity to learn about herself and become who she wanted to be both personally and intellectually.

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