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Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a college preparatory program federally funded through the U. S. Department of Education TRiO Programs with Century College sponsorship. The ETS program encourages students to complete high school, assists them in enrolling in a post-secondary educational institution and completing their education.

Participants and parents receive information on academic, career and college planning, including financial aid resources and applications. Program staff provide grade-level specific workshops and campus visits, and encourage participants to remain focused on their personal academic/career goals.

ETS is free for participants, and aims at increasing the number of low-income, first-generation students in post-secondary programs.


Century College Educational Talent Search is in its 19th year of partnership with the St. Paul Public School District and annually serves 636 participants from the following schools:


Two-thirds of students served by Talent Search must meet federal guidelines regarding family income and parent educational level.

  • Must be a U. S. citizen or have applied for citizenship
  • Grades 6-12, in designated St. Paul junior/senior high schools
  • Possess the academic potential to succeed in college


Applications are available at your participating school or by calling the Educational Talent Search-TRiO Program office at 651.779.3967. Mail the completed form to:

Century College
Educational Talent Search
3300 Century Avenue North
White Bear Lake, MN 55110


  • College and career exploration
  • College and career field trips
  • ACT/SAT, and Accuplacer registration and test preparation
  • Financial aid and scholarship information
  • Assistance completing college admissions applications
  • Connections to high quality tutoring and study skills development
  • ETS supports existing after-school activities in the St. Paul Public target schools
  • Cultural, social, and academic activities designed to foster personal growth and broaden student awareness and appreciation of the world