About Our Agency

Educational Talent Search Program



The Educational Talent Search program is funded 100% by the U.S. Department of Education. The mission of Educational Talent  Search Program is to increase the awareness of post-secondary educational opportunities to eligible participants in the EOC, Inc. target schools in grades 7 through 12. The ETS program provides  services toward academic achievement to low-income and first-generation college students. 2019-20 Program goal: 1,000 in the following target school districts: Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hanover Area, Hazleton, and Shenandoah Valley.

STEM Program for ETS 9th Grade Participants-new this year!! Stay tuned for more infomation.

Educational Opportunity Centers Program



The EOC Program is funded 100% by the U.S. Department of Education. The mission of the Educational Opportunity Center Program is to increase the awareness of post-secondary educational opportunities available to low-income and educationally disadvantaged adult population that desires to pursue a post-secondary education and to assist 2,233 (19-20) of these eligible adults in preparing for entry into post-secondary educational programs.

Additional Programs


OVR Career & Work Readiness Pets Program

College Board A20 SAT Preparation 

New Program!!

College Club at the Steamtown Marketplace Library Express (2nd Floor) meeting the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10:30 to 12:30

College Club at the Hazleton Integration Project meets the 3rd Saturday of the each month from 10:30 to 12:30. 

College Club at E.L.Meyers HS meets the 1st Wednesday of each month during 10th period in the library.

See the Forms page or the calendar for more details.

About Us

Who we are...


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, Inc.  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.


This program is offered 100% through a federal grant of $480,000 (ETS) and $618,819 (EOC) for the current fiscal year from the U.S. Department of Education, with facilities and administrative support provided by the Educational Opportunity Centers of PA, a 501c3 nonprofit entity.

What we do...

Provide services on:

  • Financial Aid Assistance & Financial Literacy
  • Assist with decision making activities related to careers & post-secondary education;
  • Provide 1:1 assistance in our 3 offices and at our referral partners in 11 counties;
  • Conduct quality workshops (list on forms page).

EOC, Inc. Vision & Values Statement


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.