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TRiO Talent Search at CCSU
Thank you for visiting the CCSU's TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) website. The TRiO ETS program provides students with academic assistance and support, college preparation and exposure, career development and cultural enrichment. The program ensures that students will expand their knowledge and while growing personally, through career exploration activities that will help them succeed beyond secondary school.
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TRiO Staff Thomas Menditto
CCSU TRiO ETS Director
Andres Sovero
CCSU TRiO ETS Assistant Director
About Us
What is Talent Search?
Educational Talent Search (ETS) at Central Connecticut State University is a federally funded, early intervention TRiO program. ETS offers support and guidance for students to complete high school and pursue a college education. The program identifies and assists 500 students in grades 6-12, who are enrolled in the Consolidated School District of New Britain. TRiO ETS students must be from populations traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education (i.e. first generation potential college and low-income students). In addition to counseling and tutoring, students receive information about college admissions requirements, scholarships, and various student financial aid programs. We provide services that assist students in graduating from high school and enrolling in the college or university of their choice. This concentrated effort helps young people to better understand their educational opportunities and career options. More than 389,000 Americans are enrolled in 475 TRiO Educational Talent Search Programs across the nation.
Mission Statement
TRiO Educational Talent Search at Central Connecticut State University strives to create an atmosphere where eligible participants are academically prepared, intellectually challenged, nurtured and exposed to experiences that enhance their potential to succeed on the secondary level and in higher education, while also promoting personal growth and cultural diversity.

Ultimate Goal Our ultimate goal is to help youth that are from disadvantaged, underrepresented backgrounds, complete high school and then enroll in postsecondary education.
Program Requirements
All TRiO ETS students are required to meet the following requirements: • Students must live in the target area (New Britain) and attend one of the area’s partner schools (see list on right). • Students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. • Students must meet federal income requirements and/or be a first-generation potential college student. • Students must demonstrate a need for program services, show the desire and potential to attend a postsecondary education institution. • Students must be enrolled in grades 6-12 or be actively participating in adult education. Target Schools in New Britain: Middle Schools:
- DiLoreto Magnet
- HALS Academy
- Pulaski
- Slade High Schools:
- New Britain High School
- New Britain Adult Education Program
TRiO Talent search helps junior high and high school students in providing extra education and experiences to increase the chances of the student pursuing a college education.
There are 475 Talent Search programs nationwide, assisting more than 389,000 students.
How To Apply
Interested families must complete a program application and submit it to: TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) Central Connecticut State University - Institute of Tech and Business Development 185 Main Street, Suite 218 New Britain, CT 06051 Please select one of the links below to download and print the application: If you are a CCSU student, and are interested in becoming a TRiO student employee, click the link below for an application: For more information, please contact: Thomas M. Menditto, CCSU TRiO ETS Director 860-832-2215 | Andres Sovero, Assistant Director 860-832-2226 | CCSU TRiO ETS Tutor Application CCSU TRiO ETS Application in English CCSU TRiO ETS Application in Spanish