Diablo Valley College successfully wrote and secured a 5 year Talent Search Grant from the Department of Education in 1998. The project serves students who attend targeted middle schools, comprehensive high schools and alternative (necessary small) schools in the Martinez and Mt. Diablo Unified School Districts.
The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from secondary school and continue on to the post-secondary school of their choice. Talent Search also serves high school dropouts by encouraging them to reenter the educational system and complete their education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in the post-secondary education institution of their choice.