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The Educational Talent Search Programs at UT Arlington provide free college, career and financial aid information to over 1,000 junior high and high school students each year. Talent Search identifies and selects students who demonstrate the potential for post-secondary enrollment and provides them with the motivation and support to enroll in a program of post-secondary education (college, university, technical or vocational school) after high school graduation.

Lisa Thompson Lisa Thompson
Senior Director
Phone: 817.272.2610
Victoria McWilliams Victoria McWilliams
Phone: 817.272.0399

Victoria comes to us after working 10 years in other departments across campus. However, while she was a college student she worked for the Upward Bound Program as a summer counselor. Her many years of higher education experience and commitment to students make her an excellent resource for both parents and students alike. Victoria has her undergraduate in history, English and teacher education; her masters in social work and is currently working on her doctorate in Higher Education.

Matt Torres Matt Torres
Phone: 817.272.0398
Cell: 682.551.0766

From Public Education, Religious Education, Private Education, Non Profit then back to Public Education, Matt Torres, UTA TRIO Talent Search 2 Coordinator, has served students in grades kindergarten through college undergraduates since 1983. Mr. Torres made education his choice of career based on a close relatives influence. Matt Torres completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Abilene Christian University and began his journey teaching and coaching at various junior high and high schools in Central Texas, West Texas and North Texas. Completing his Master’s Degree in Mid – Management and Secondary Education, Mr. Torres became an Administrator with Parochial Schools while also maintaining his love for interactive teaching in the classroom. Mr. Torres completed his second Master Degree at Loyola University. In 2003, Matt Torres took over the Directors position for the Fort Worth “I Have a Dream” Foundation where he worked helping first generation/low income student’s graduate from high school on time, enroll in higher education, stay in college and graduate from higher education. He served as the director for “I have a Dream’ for nine years. Matt Torres is in his fifth year with the UTA TRIO Talent Search 2 cohort. He testifies that this is the right place to help families and their children understand the significance of completing their education and becoming a contributor to society.

Ryan Hilton Ryan Hilton
BBA in Int'l Business & BA in French

I first came into the TRiO family in 2007 when I was accepted into the Upward Bound Math Science Local program. After attending their summer programs over the next 2 years I then moved into the Bridge program in 2010 and was taking classes at UTA. After completing my first summer in the Bridge program I moved on to the Student Support Services program while in college. Then in 2012 I took on a part time position in the UBMS State program until graduation. After graduation I began to work full time for the Educational Talent Search Programs. I have been blessed to have experienced the TRiO programs both as an alumnus and as a staff member, and my hope is to continue helping students reach higher education just as these programs have helped me.

Janah Bruton Janah Bruton
Support Specialist II
Phone: 817.272.0348
Enrique Delgado Enrique Delgado
Web Developer
Phone: 817.272.2171
José Briseño José Briseño
Technology Assistant

José Briseño Jr. received his Bachelors in Arts and Technology at University of Texas at Dallas and an Associates of Arts and Graphic Communication at Tarrant County College Arlington, Texas. He has produced numerous designs and enjoys editing print design, motion graphics and creative advertising on graphic-related topics. He enjoys drawing,taking photographs, filming, animating 3-D, listening to music as well as making music for many multimedia projects and collaborating with other people who are professionals and enthusiasts in the graphic arts. His favorite magazines include Digital Arts, Advanced Photoshop and Photoshop Creative. He has put considerable time and effort in developing new techniques and skills and expand his design knowledge to become a better digital artist.

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