WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded $220,547 to Eastern Gateway Community College through the Education Opportunity Centers (EOC) Program. The EOC Program aims to increase the number of adults who enroll in higher education institutions by providing supportive services designed to help them succeed.
“Eastern Gateway Community College, along with other Ohio higher education institutions, plays an integral role in connecting displaced workers, veterans, and working Ohioans with the resources needed to earn the right college degree to help them secure good-paying jobs,” Brown said. “Educational Opportunity Centers – supported through these federal resources – offer career workshops, financial aid assistance, and education and counseling services that are vital to making higher education accessible and affordable.”
Through the EOC Program, higher education institutions offer adult students seeking to begin or continue postsecondary education a variety of financial and academic assistance programs. Among the programs schools may provide are admissions and financial aid application assistance; college entrance exam preparation training; financial counseling; alternative education guidance; tutoring; individualized personal, career, and academic counseling; and mentoring programs.
The EOC Program is part of the Federal TRIO Programs, student services specifically designed for participants who may face additional challenges, including students from traditionally underrepresented groups, students with limited proficiency in English, students with disabilities, students who are homeless, or students who are in or aging out of foster care.