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TRIO Programs (TRIO)

Division of Student Life and Enrollment

Educational Outreach Programs

As part of the national response to the coronavirus outbreak, most ETSU employees are now working from home, but we're still ready to serve you. If you're seeking services or need to reach us for any reason, please call our office at 423-392-8041 and leave a message and it will be returned within 24 hours. You may also email or To directly contact one of our EOC staff (click here) or Talent Search staff (click here).

Many questions about services and help for ETSU students are answered on the ETSU COVID-19 website. 

Emergency on-call staff for Student Life, the Counseling Center, and Housing and Residence Life may be reached through Public Safety at 423-439-4480.

It's Never Too Late to Further Your Education!

Educational Opportunity Center

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a free TRIO program designed to assist 1000 adults in obtaining a high school equivalency (HiSet or GED) and/or with college or vocational school enrollment. EOC staff assists participants with determination of educational goals, academic assistance, completion of college admission and financial aid applications (FAFSA), college adjustment concerns and career exploration. The program is for anyone who does not already have a four-year degree. The program can even continue to assist students after they have begun college coursework. Participants must reside in Carter, Unicoi, Hawkins, Sullivan, Johnson, Washington, or Greene counties in Tennessee

It's Never Too Early to Start Planning for College!

Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a pre-college TRIO program that helps middle school and high school students prepare for and enter post-secondary education. Talent Search provides career exploration and planning, workshops and individual counseling sessions for financial aid, scholarship information, ACT preparation, and college exploration. The program also arranges college campus visits and educational and cultural trips. Talent Search works with the 7th - 12th grades in Hawkins, Johnson and Sullivan counties.


TRIO programs started with the Educational Opportunity Act of 1964 and the Higher Education Act of 1965. All TRIO programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education. In 2019-2020 the ETSU EOC will receive $264,534 and Educational Talent Search will receive $312,483 to serve participants. ETSU has also committed money to each project - the EOC receives $5,000 and Educational Talent Search receives $7,500.

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