The Consortium's Educatonal Talent Search (ETS) program provided college and career readiness services/workshops to approximately 700 students in grades 9-12 at Burncoat, Doherty, South and Worcester Technical high schools, and Claremont Academy, and in 7-8 grades at Sullivan Middle School.
Planning for College
Since 1973, the Consortium has sponsored a variety of education access programs in high-need locations across Massachusetts. The purpose of these programs is to ensure that individuals fulfill their academic potential and meet their personal and career goals.
The Consortium's access programs work with both youth and adults. Services include academic program and financial aid information, application assistance, and academic and career advising and testing. The Consortium acts as an "education broker" for individuals receiving services, and places them in the education program best suited to their academic and career goals. Once the individual is enrolled in an academic program, the Consortium can provide retention and support services.
Two of the Consortium's access programs are federally funded TRIO programs, including the statewide Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) network, annually serving more than 7,000 adults from Boston to the Berkshires, and Educational Talent Search (ETS), serving 7th -12th grade youth in Worcester, New Bedford and Springfield. A third program, GEAR UP, is federally funded through a contract with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Through the Consortium, GEAR UP provides in-school services to middle and high school students through GEAR UP Worcester, New Bedford, Springfield and Holyoke. The GEAR UP program also provides professional development services to teachers and guidance counselors at GEAR UP school districts statewide. All services are provided free of charge.