What is the EOC?
The Educational Opportunity Center is a federally funded TRiO Program designed to provide information on college admissions, GED programs, and financial aid options to residents of Davie, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties. Hosted by Surry Community College, the EOC promotes educational opportunities for any area college, university, or technical school.
What is TRiO?
Our Nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance. In support of the commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate, and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Educational Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRiO Programs (initially just three programs). TRiO programs help students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to pursue higher education.
Who is served?
As mandated by Congress, two-thirds of the students served must come from low income families, where neither parent graduated from college with a Bachelor's degree.
What can the EOC do for me?
- The EOC can refer you to GED and Adult High School Diploma programs if you have not completed your high school education.
- Assist you with exploring and gathering information about potential colleges and universities.
- Help you with the career decision making process.
- Provide you with information about funding your education.
- Assist you with completing admission and financial aid applications, especially the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
- Get you in touch with college admission and financial aid counselors at potential colleges and universities.
How much do services cost?
The services provided by the EOC are funded by a federal TRiO grant and are provided at NO cost to program participants.
Where can I receive EOC services?
EOC services are available at the JobLink Career Centers in each county. To find services closest to you, please call 336-386-3328 or toll free 1-877-532-0090.
How do I get started?
The first step is to make an appointment with an EOC coordinator in your area. He or she will discuss the EOC program and develop a plan of action to meet your needs.