Utah Tech University

Educational Talent Search

educational talent search (ETS)

is a federally funded TRiO program designed to help students successfully complete middle and high school and enroll in and graduate from a university or trade school.

Utah Tech's ETS program serves 8th - 12th graders in Washington County

who will likely be first generation college/trade school graduates and who meet TRiO income guidelines. All services are FREE!

ets is fun!

ETS students have access to exciting workshops, cultural events, and college tours designed to help them develop the skills and confidence to pursue their goals.

ets graduates are ready to succeed!

ETS students are more likely to graduate from high school and enroll in college than students from similar backgrounds who aren’t in ETS. (Pell Institute)

ETS Services

Skilled ETS Advisors

ETS advisors provide individual counseling and group activities that are designed to help ETS program students develop academically, socially, and civically.

They help ETS students discover their strengths, work through challenges, and set and pursue meaningful life goals.

In high school, ETS students will receive advisor support as they explore education and career paths, prepare applications for college/trade school admission, and apply for scholarships and federal aid.

College Tours & Cultural Events

Each year, ETS students have an opportunity to tour a different college or trade school. These trips also include cultural and STEM events.


Here’s a peek at the schedule:

8th Grade – Utah Tech University

9th Grade – Southern Utah University

10th Grade – Snow College

11th Grade – Overnight tour includes

  • Brigham Young University
  • Utah Valley University
  • University of Utah
  • Cultural Event

12th Grade – Dixie Tech

Activities & Workshops

ETS students participate in many fun and educational activities and workshops while in middle school and high school.

Workshop topics include:

Topics include:

  • Study Skills
  • Time Management
  • Setting Goals
  • Testing Well
  • Building Character
  • Learning from Challenges
  • Career Exploration
  • Money Management

Applying for College or Trade School

High school seniors are busy! ETS advisors will help them stay focused and meet important college and trade school deadlines.

They receive help with the following:

  • Researching college and trade school programs
  • Applying for admission
  • Choosing and registering for classes
  • Housing options
  • Connection with campus resources

College & Trade School Prep

There are many resources and programs that students can take part in while in middle and high school. ETS advisors help students explore and enroll in courses and programs that will give them a head start toward their goals.

Programs & resources include:

  • Concurrent Enrollment (college credit) courses
  • Internships
  • Technical school certificates
  • ACT preparation
  • ACT fee waivers (restrictions apply)

Finding and Securing Funding for College

Applying for college is easy. Sometimes finding the money to attend can be challenging. ETS advisors make it a priority to make sure that ETS students know how to secure funding for their college dreams.

ETS students will receive guidance in

  • Finding and applying for scholarships
  • Applying for federal grants (FAFSA)
  • Saving for college

ETS Participant Qualifications


Craig Harter

TRiO Pre-College Programs Director

Email: Craig.Harter@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-652-7659

Office: Browning 211A

Connie LaClare

TRiO Pre-College Programs Administrative Assistant

Email: Connie.Laclare@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-652-7852

Office: Browning 211