PITTSBURG, KS.--- Labette Community College helps Southeast Kansas students get into college. Labette Community College's Talent Search Program is targeted towards first generation college students. This federally funded program helps students, whose parents have never completed a four year degree, get into college and plan for their future. Pat Duncan, a counselor for talent search, spends his days helping students throughout Southeast Kansas plan their life after high school.
"Some of our students don't have the role models at home to tell them about how important it is to go to college. So, I'm here to help do the steps that they need to do to get to college," said Pat Duncan, lCC Talent Search Counselor.
He works with students in grades 6th through 12th encouraging them not only to enroll in college, but to find a career that leads to high paying jobs.
"I see the importance of college education. Without that education, their kind of doomed to a lower paying job, potentially," said Duncan.
Pittsburg Senior Bailey Bennett has been in the Talent Search Program since middle school. She's now ready to step into life after high school and says the program has helped her focus on her goals and plan for the future.
"I've always been one of those people that I have so many interests that I like to do. It helps shape what I actually want to go into and help me think about what I actually want to do in life and be successful," said Bailey Bennett, PHS Senior.
Bennett received a 26 on the ACT and says she's not done yet. She'll be retaking the college admissions test for a higher score in hopes of receiving a full-ride scholarship to Kansas University.
"I'm actually, due this week, November 1st, I will be applying to KU and the Honors College because I also made their qualifications," said Bennett.
Bennett says she needs a 30 on the ACT to achieve that goal, and the Talent Search Program is helping her strive towards that scholarship. The program is designed to give every student a chance in having a successful future.
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