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Educational Talent Search (ETS) is one of 8 TRiO programs that were authorized by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty

Federal TRiO Programs provide outreach and support programs to help low-income, first-generation college students progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. Get a more in-depth explanation and understanding of TRiO programs at the federal government’s TRIO site.

ETS identifies and assists students who have the potential to succeed in higher education and who are from low income families and/or families where neither parent graduated from college. ETS helps these students to better understand and access their educational opportunities and options.

TRIO and ETS’ goals can be summarized as a pledge to provide educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, economic or ethnic backgrounds. In 2007, the Columbus State Community College Educational Talent Search Program began services to students from local middle and high schools in Columbus, Ohio.

The mission of the Educational Talent Search Program at Columbus State Community College is to partner with families, school officials, and community organizations to provide guidance to low income and potential first generation college students, ages 11-27, assisting them to achieve academic success and a postsecondary education.  By providing information, support, educational experiences, and advocacy, Educational Talent Search encourages students from all backgrounds to unlock their full potential.



Columbus State’s Educational Talent Search Program can be contacted by:

Calling (614) 287-5056
Faxing (614) 287-6296
Visiting room 223 in Franklin Hall on Columbus State’s Columbus campus.