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
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 thefederal government’s TRIO site.
ETS identifies and assists students who have the potential to succeed in higher education
and who are fromlow income familiesand/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.