Century College hosts four grant-funded TRIO programs: Student Support Services (SSS), Educational Talent Search (ETS), and Upward Bound (UB). Century College also has a TRIO SSS Veterans program - the only one in the State of Minnesota. To qualify for TRIO programming, students must be low-income and first generation, amongst other specific criteria. 

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Educational Talent Search (ETS)

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.

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    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.

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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:

  • Battle Creek Middle School
  • Farnsworth Aerospace Upper School
  • Hazel Park Preparatory Academy
  • Harding High School
  • John A. Johnson Senior High School


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 middle and high schools
  • Possess the academic potential to succeed in college


Applications are available online, at your participating school, or by calling the Educational Talent Search-TRIO Program office at 651.779.3980. 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 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


TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)

  • If you're serious about earning a bachelor's degree, TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) at Century College can help. We'll support and counsel you to ensure that you find the right transfer school. And, we'll give you the academic and personal support to enable you to achieve your educational goals. But that's not all. We can also help you have fun and meet other students who intend to transfer - all at the same time!

    If you're a veteran, check out TRIO for Veterans.

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The mission of TRIO SSS is to increase the college retention, graduation, and transfer rates of students who intend to transfer to a four-year college.


To qualify for TRIO SSS, you must meet the following federal eligibility criteria:

  • Be enrolled in Century associate degree program
  • Seeking transfer to a four-year institution
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status

And at least one of the following:

  • Low income (receive a Pell Grant)
  • Be a first generation college student
  • Have a documented disability


Click here to apply or call 651-779-3226, or stop by the TRIO SSS office at West Campus, Room 2460.

We will determine eligibility and contact you.

Activities & Benefits

Students in TRIO SSS can engage in activities like:

  • Professional tutoring, study groups, and effective study skills tips
  • Academic advising, career planning, and major exploration
  • College transfer planning
  • Visits to four-year schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin
  • Help with financial aid issues
  • Scholarship workshops
  • Personal and cultural enrichment opportunities

When you join TRIO SSS, you can:

  • Be eligible for several Century scholarships (available only to TRIO SSS students).
  • Improve your grades by working with TRIO SSS tutors in various academic areas.
  • Work with a counselor to plan a schedule to meet your transfer/career goals.
  • Go on four-year college transfer tours at no charge.
  • Attend research and leadership conferences.
  • Participate in social activities with other TRIO SSS students.

Contact TRIO SSS:

Location:  West Campus, 2461

Email Wade.warner@century.edu 

Phone:  651-779-3329

TRIO Upward Bound (UB)

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    Century College Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO Program designed to help high school students reach college by providing academic guidance and personal support.

    Upward Bound serves students with the desire, potential and motivation to successfully complete school and go to the college of their choice.

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Program Services

Upward Bound provides year-round services to enrolled participants throughout their high school career including:

Academic Year Services:

  • Weekly After School Tutoring
  • Individual Academic Advising
  • College & University Campus Tours
  • Career Exploration Activities
  • Cultural Fieldtrips & Events


  • Study Skills
  • Career Exploration
  • ACT Prep
  • Resume Building
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships
  • College Applications
  • High School to College Transitioning

Summer Services

Six - Week College Campus Academic Enrichment Program

High Schools Served


  • Ninth or tenth grade students who attend (or will be attending) Como, Harding, or Johnson High school
  • Students who meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.0 (as a ninth grader) or 2.5 (as a tenth grader)
  • Students from families who meet federal income guidelines and/or families where neither parent has a four-year college degree
  • Students who are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Application Information

Program space is limited to a total of 80 students. Students interested in applying for the program should complete the following steps:

  • Pick up an Upward Bound Application from the CRC (at Harding and Como) or room 1212 (at Johnson).
  • Review the information with your parent or guardian.
  • Contact the Upward Bound Office if you have questions (see contact information below).
  • Complete the Student Section and questionnaire form.
  • Complete the Parent section.
  • Give teacher nominators forms to two teachers.
  • Request a copy of your current transcript from your guidance counselor.
  • Compile all the application materials.
  • Deliver completed application materials to the main office at Como, Harding, Johnson, or North St. Paul High School and ask them to put in the Upward Bound mailbox.


For general questions, email upwardbound@century.edu