Educational Opportunity Centers

For over 60 years, Educational Opportunity Centers (EOCs) and Outreach Centers (OCs) have provided tuition-free programs and services in New York’s urban centers. Whether your goals are in the classroom – from earning your high school diploma to preparing for college and improving your English language skills – or in the workplace – from learning new skills to earning certifications and other necessary credentials – EOCs can help you take the next step in life. Along the way, you’ll receive support with entering college and securing a job, as well as help addressing challenges like food and housing insecurity. Each EOC offers a welcoming and loving environment for students and, best of all, it’s tuition-free for all who qualify. From Buffalo to Long Island and everywhere in between, there’s a home for you at EOC.


Why EOC? Hear it from our students!

"You have to give (the center) a chance. They help everyone they talk to and work with. They have the patience to help no matter how fast or slow it takes to find a job."

Jerrold Rose
Schenectady College and Career Outreach Center participant

“My teacher and classmates encouraged me every day, and I love them for that. They empowered me, gave me strength when I didn’t have any, and made me believe in my talent.”

QuanDesha Irving
Capital District EOC Natural Hair Styling completer