The US Department of Education awarded the College a TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (TRIO EOC) grant to improve adult college readiness.
The Educational Opportunity Centers program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary 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 postsecondary education institutions.
Working closely with several community partners, the TRIO EOC will annually serve at least 1,000 first-generation, low-income individuals as well as veterans and their families in our county.
The center helps eligible participants with college admission, financial aid application, preparation for placement exams, and course registration. The students can receive academic and career counseling, including General Educational Development (GED) test advising and test practices, at no cost.
This is the fourth TRIO EOC grant the College has received, which has allowed us to help thousands of county residents over the past 15 years.