TRiO Educational Opportunity Centers
Program Description
The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federally funded TRiO program. This program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of post-secondary education. The program also provides services to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants. An important objective of the program is to counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, and to assist in the application process. The goal of the EOC program is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in post-secondary education institutions.
Types of Activities/Services
An Educational Opportunity Center may provide the following activities/services:
  • Public information campaigns designed to inform the community about opportunities for post-secondary education and trainings;
  • Academic advice and assistance in course selection;
  • Assistance in completing college admission and financial aid applications;
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations;
  • Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants;
  • Guidance on secondary school reentry or entry to a General Educational Development (GED) program or other alternative education program for secondary school dropouts;
  • Individualized personal, career, and academic counseling;
  • Tutorial services;
  • Career workshops and counseling;
  • Mentoring programs involving elementary or secondary school teachers, faculty members at institutions of higher education, students, or any combination of these persons;
  • Programs and activities described above that are specially designed for participants who are limited English proficient, participants from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in post-secondary education, participants who are individuals with disabilities, participants who are homeless children and youth, participants who are foster care youth, or other disconnected participants; and
  • Other activities designed to meet the purposes of the EOC program.
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