It’s never too early to start thinking about college. Educational Talent Search serves students in grades 6-12, motivating them to stay in school, attain academic excellence, graduate from high school and enter college. ETS is a federally funded TRIO program via the U.S. Department of Education, which offers free services that range from improving kids’ self-esteem to filling out college application forms.


Participants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college-bound student (neither parent/guardian has received a bachelor’s degree)
  • Student with documented financial need
  • Student in grades 6-12 (11-18 years old)
  • Adult seeking re-entry services (18-27 years old)
  • Student demonstrating academic potential and/or need for services

Moraine Valley brings services to youth in grades 6-12 who attend one of the following schools:

Calumet Elementary School
Calumet Park

Kellar Middle School

Kerr Middle School
Blue Island

Nathan Hale Middle School


Veterans Memorial Middle School
Blue Island

Eisenhower High School
Blue Island

Harold L. Richards High School
Oak Lawn


  • Academic advising
  • Career exploration and development activities
  • College application assistance
  • College campus visits
  • Cultural enrichment and field trips
  • Financial aid information
  • Job shadowing
  • Re-entry assistance
  • Technology proficiency
  • Tutoring
  • Workshops for participants’ families

Did you drop out of high school or college, but now you’d like to get back on track? We can help! We work with young adults seeking to re-enter school for a positive academic future.

Questions? Contact ETS at (708) 608-4026 or