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Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities (Educational Talent Search)

Program Description

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 about 93 percent.

Success Stories

In 2009, a wonderful family that had recently moved here from Iraq came to the Worcester Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) for help. Fatima brought in her two younger sisters to enroll them in English-as-a-second-language classes at Quinsigamond Community College. All three had been educated in Iraq, but only Fatima expected to have her degree from Iraq evaluated in hopes of completing her education in the United States. Fast forward to 2016 and she is working on her PhD while teaching computer science at a local college. One of the younger sisters has followed suit and just received her degree in Early Childhood Education while parenting two young children. The third sister will receive her bachelor�??�?�¢??s degree from Worcester State University this year. "It has been an absolute pleasure supporting their educational goals. We�??�?�¢??re thrilled to see them succeed!" says their EOC education advisor, Melissa Daley.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 600
  • Middle School: 600
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0


  • Less than 25%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 90%