About ETS

What is TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS)?

The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at UNLV is funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the purpose of increasing the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education. The ETS program works with students in grades 7-12. ETS also encourages individuals who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education.

Typically, ETS students are first-generation potential college students (neither parent received a four year college degree) with limited income, and a strong desire to attend college. Our participants receive a wide range of free services and participate in scholastic, cultural, and enrichment activities.

ETS coordinators provide services to TRIO students at various target schools within the Clark County School District. Staff members work collaboratively with the school administrators coordinators, teachers, parents and community organizations throughout the school year.

Our Mission

The mission of the Educational Talent Search Program is to identify disadvantaged youth with potential for post-secondary education, encourage them to continue in and graduate from secondary schools, and to enroll in postsecondary education programs. In addition, Educational Talent Search encourages high school dropouts to return to school.


Educational Talent Search
Executive Center West, 1455 E. Tropicana Avenue, Suite 650, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Phone: 702-774-4169
Fax: 702-774-4338
Email: ets@unlv.edu
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ETS offices are closed during observed UNLV Holidays

Mailing Address
Reynold Student Services Complex
Attn TRIO Educational Talent Search
4505 Maryland Parkway Room 301
Box 452006
Las Vegas, NV 89154


Who is eligible?

You may be eligible for the Educational Talent Search program if:

  • You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • You are in a grade level 7th-12th
  • Family household income meets guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education (Contact the TRIO ETS office for more information 702-774-4169)
  • You are a potential first-generation college student (neither parent whether natural or adoptive or legal guardian has received a bachelor's degree)
  • You are a student at one of the ETS Target Schools.

Schools We Serve

Middle Schools
  • Jim Bridger
  • B. Mahlon Brown
  • Clifford O. Findlay
  • John C. Fremont 
  • Garside
  • Roy Martin
  • Marvin M. Sedway
  • J.D. Smith
  • West Preparatory Academy
  • C.W. Woodbury
High Schools
  • Basic 
  • Bonanza 
  • Canyon Springs 
  • Chaparral 
  • Cheyenne 
  • Desert Pines 
  • Eldorado 
  • Legacy 
  • Mojave 
  • Rancho 
  • Valley
  • Western
  • West Preparatory Academy


What Services are Offered?

MS Services
  • Academic Advising
  • Connections to Tutoring
  • Career Exploration
  • Financial Literacy Activities
  • College Campus Tours
  • Middle School to High School Transition
  • Academic Enrichment Workshops
HS Services
  • Academic Advising
  • Connections to Tutoring
  • Career Exploration
  • SAT/ACT Support
  • Financial Literacy & FAFSA Assistance
  • College Campus Tours
  • Scholarship Search Assistance
  • College Application Assistance

What are the Benefits?

You will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops, including:

  • SAT/ACT preparation
  • Developing positive self-esteem
  • Career exploration
  • Financial aid
  • Study skills
  • Improving memory
  • Managing time
  • Test-Taking skills
  • College admission
  • Scholarship searches

ETS Coordinators

Anna Alejandrino

Rancho HS and Jim Bridger MS
Phone: 702-524-1886

Flor Cardona

Canyon Springs HS and Finlay MS
Phone: 702-201-3376

Brooklyn "Brook" Cruz

Chaparral HS and Woodbury MS
Phone: 702-325-2713

Taylor Dixson

Mojave HS and Roy Martin MS
Phone: 702-661-2022

Damian "Omar" Gomez

Basic Academy of International Studies and Brown MS
Phone: 702-712-1225

Theodore "Teddy" McCord

Eldorado HS and Dell H. Robison MS
Phone: 725-252-8698

Angelica Medel

Bonanza HS and Garside MS
Phone: 702-580-8418

Janely Mena

Desert Pines HS and Roy Martin MS
Phone: 702-350-4961

Jannie Nigoza

Western HS and J.D Smith MS
Phone: 702-906-7860

Iradzeni "Zeni" Salazar

Cheyenne HS and Sedway HS
Phone: 725-254-6670

Karlesha "Karly" Van Holten

Legacy HS and West Preparatory Academy
Phone: 702-604-4750

Leonardo "Leo" Wells

Valley HS and Fremont MS
Phone: 702-265-3353

ETS Schools

Financial Literacy

Financial education can benefit people of all ages. Money management tools can help families make better decisions about how to spend their money and make wise investments. The following resources have information and basic tools for budgeting, saving money and controlling debt.