TRIO Educational Talent Search (Hammond)

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a federally funded TRIO Program committed to enhancing and ensuring the academic and personal success of local eligible middle and high school students.

ETS advocates for the successful completion of high school and advancement to college and/or training after high school. The aim of ETS is to provide opportunities for students to reach their maximum potential.

See ETS In Action

Physical & Mental Wellness Workshops

Bert & Det: Surviving College Workshop

ETS participants at the Innovators Camp

Summer STEM Activities

Cultural Experience in downtown Chicago

Our Services

  • FREE for eligible families
  • Academic, financial, career and personal counseling
  • Advice about entry or re-entry to secondary or post-secondary programs
  • Career exploration and aptitude assessment
  • Connections to tutoring support
  • Information on post-secondary education
  • Exposure to college campuses
  • Information on student financial assistance
  • Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
  • Special activities for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders
  • Workshops for the families of participants


Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

About ETS

Monday through Friday

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Classroom Office Building, Suite 176

(219) 989-2460

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The mission of Educational Talent Search (Hammond) is to enable targeted individuals with an opportunity to enhance their overall quality of life by providing comprehensive involvement in academic and career-related services.

We envision a program which works efficiently to offer a high quality of services and resources in a warm, positive, encouraging, and engaging environment that fosters equitable, healthy student/participant development.

Please review our program’s student and parent handbook below.

ETS Student/Parent Handbook 

Resource Center

Federally Funded by the U.S. Department of Education

For fiscal year 2023-2024, $428,666 of Federal dollars are being used to fund the Educational Talent Search Program at Purdue University Northwest. The program is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Meet Our Staff
Letise Jenkins

Letise Jenkins

Director of Educational Talent Search, Hammond

(219) 989-2298

Felicia Maholmes

Felicia Maholmes

Program Coordinator

(219) 989-2151

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Diane V. Guthrie

Administrative Assistant, TRIO Educational Talent Search (Hammond)

(219) 989-2460