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Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education that helps middle school and high school students gain the knowledge and skills needed to graduate from high school and enroll in college. Two-thirds of ETS participants must be from economically disadvantaged families in which neither parent has earned a bachelor's degree, while the other third of participants can be anyone. Each year the ETS program at IHCC provides services to 500 middle and high school students in the Ottumwa Community School District and Cardinal Community School District.  



Ashley Hobbs, Student Success Coach
Ottumwa High School

Kim Schwartz, Student Success Coach/Tutor
Evans Junior High

Evans Junior High and Liberty Intermediate

Mariah Nichols, Director
Upward Bound and Educational Talent Seach

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is free for all students accepted in the program. Most services are provided at the student’s school during normal school hours.

To be eligible to participate in ETS, students must be enrolled in grades 6-12 at Cardinal Middle School and High School, Liberty Intermediate School, Evans Junior High School, or Ottumwa High School. Additionally, the student must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and must complete the ETS student and parent application.

ETS activities are designed to promote a supportive educational climate and to help increase persistence, high school graduation, completion of rigorous high school courses, college enrollment and college degree attainment.


Educational Talent Search students

ETS students

ETS students