Educational Talent Search (ETS) is one of the federally funded TRIO programs designed to serve youth who have the potential to succeed in college but who are educationally and economically disadvantaged. MassEdCO, Inc. operates ETS in three cities: Worcester, New Bedford and Southbridge. More than 800 students in grades 6 through 12 are served every year, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that they graduate from high school and successfully enroll in a postsecondary program appropriate to their interests and abilities. In most cases, these students are the first in their families to go to college. In many cases they are the first to graduate from high school. The ETS college placement rate is typically over 90 percent.
ETS services can begin in the 6th grade, with the goal of making students and their parents aware that college is within their reach. Via a variety of well-planned and executed activities (including college visits, career awareness activities, tutoring and personal guidance), students become aware of the importance of a higher education to their future success. Parents become involved in the process early on, and are encouraged to support their children in pursuit of higher education.
Students in grades 6 through 8 concentrate on career awareness, coming to understand their own interests and abilities, and the wide variety of career options available to them. ETS helps them make the link between postsecondary education and their future career goals.
Grades 9 and 10 students concentrate on academics, with ETS advisors ensuring the students are taking the right sequence of courses to enable them to enroll in a postsecondary program upon graduation from high school. Tutoring assistance, test-taking workshops, and other support services are provided to guarantee academic success.
Students in grades 11 and 12 are involved in the college selection and admissions process. Field trips to colleges, college search advising, college essay-writing workshops, and the all-important financial aid information and application assistance are examples of the many services provided to ETS students to ensure successful enrollment.