What is ETS?

Description and History

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a federally funded program managed by the U.S. Department of Education. It's our objective is to encourage and assist junior high and high school students from low-income, first generation families, to pursue a postsecondary education.

History of Our Program

In 1990, the CSU, Chico ETS program began serving students in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba counties. ETS now serves 1,350 students annually.

History of TRiO

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. Over 1,200 colleges, universities, community colleges and agencies now offer TRiO programs in America. There are 463 ETS programs in the United States serving more than 359,740 students.

Federal TRiO Programs provide outreach and support programs to help low-income, first generation junior high and high school 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.


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