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Educational Opportunity Centers, Inc.

Is a nonprofit that administers two TRIO Programs under the U.S. Department of Education: Educational Talent Search (ETS) & Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC).  TRIO Programs were enacted under President LB Johnson’s War on Poverty and the Economic Opportunities Act of 1964; today there are eight TRIO Programs that work to enhance the education and life of those seeking to advance their education.


What We Do:Educational Opportunity Centers of Pennsylvania provides FREE services to encourage and assist adults, as well as high school students in target area schools who are interested in continuing their education. Funded through the United States Department of Education TRiO program, we focus on the low- income, potential first- generation college students.  The Educational Opportunity Centers of Pennsylvania provides Financial Aid Assistance, help completing the FAFSA, the PHEAA, and guidance with college admission and career counseling. The Educational Opportunity Centers of Pennsylvania is staffed by a dedicated team of professionals who are experts in the field of post-secondary access, education and training.

Mission of EOC, Inc.

To provide excellent educational services to those individuals in our target area and target schools that wish to improve their lives via education.

Mission Statement the EOC Program

The mission of the Educational Opportunity Center Program is to increase the awareness of postsecondary educational opportunities available to low-income and educationally disadvantaged adult population that desire to pursue a postsecondary education and to assist 2,233 (16-17 PY) of these eligible adults in preparing for entry into postsecondary educational programs.

Mission Statement ETS Program

The mission of Educational Talent Program is to increase the awareness of postsecondary educational opportunities to eligible participants in the EOC, Inc. target schools in grades 7 through 12.  Providing services toward academic achievement to low-income and first-generation college students. 2016-17 Program goal: 1,000 in the following target schools: Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hanover Area, Hazleton, and Shenandoah Valley.

Vision Statement:

EOC, Inc.  is committed to assisting all participants in achieving  their educational goals. Participants will be equipped with the necessary resources and skills which will enable them to: successfully meet the challenges of the 21st Century, make sound career decisions, and pursue postsecondary opportunities that will enable them to improve their quality of life and to contribute to society.

Our Values:

  • Respect: treat all people with dignity and respect;
  • Ethics: strive to meet the highest ethical standards;
  • Knowledge: challenge our staff to continually learn and advance;
  • Innovate: embrace continuous improvement, bold creativity and change;
  • Diversity: commitment to respect for people, communities and cultures;
  • Results: pledge to strive for tangible, lasting results.
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