Educational Talent Search | Briar Cliff University

Talent Search

Briar Cliff University TRIO Talent Search is a college preparation program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of the program is to provide students in grades 6-12 with support, motivation, and encouragement toward educational advancement and pursuit of post-secondary educational programs. This goal is reached by providing small group and individual assistance in various service areas.

The program is 100 percent federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $466,560.

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Who is Eligible?

Students in grades 6-12 who:

  • Are considering and education beyond high school.
  • Have an academic or physical disability
  • Need information or assistance applying for post-secondary education.
  • Need information on career choices available to them.
  • Are concerned about being able to afford college.
  • Whose parents haven’t graduated from a four year college OR meets the U.S. Department of Education income guidelines.


Area Schools Served

All Talent Search participants are recurited from a target area that includes the cities of Sioux City and South Sioux City. Click on your school's name to meet your Talent Search advisor:


Services Provided

High School

  • Career information
  • Academic advisement
  • ACT/SAT test information
  • Financial Aid information
  • College orientation information
  • Assistance with financial aid applications
  • College admission assistance
  • Campus visits
  • Scholarship searches
  • Cultural activities
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring

Middle School

  • Tutoring
  • Study Skills information
  • Academic advisement
  • Goal setting activities
  • Decision making activities
  • High school orientation
  • Cultural activities
  • Mentoring
  • Self esteem
  • College awareness
  • Career exploration
  • Summer Enrichment



Contact our office by clicking on the link below:

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Talent Search Staff

Jaidan Eide
Jaidan Dohma
TRIO Talent Search Advisor
Heather Nissen
Heather Nissen
Director of Talent Search
Jenny Hamman
Jenny Hamman
Educational Talent Search Advisor

Lana Johnson
Lana Johnson
Administrative Assistant
BC United

Talent Search Office

(712) 279-5573
Noonan Hall, G-12
8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m., M-F
TRIO Talent Search
Briar Cliff University
3303 Rebecca St
Sioux City, IA 51104