The federal TRIO Educational Opportunity Center Program at Eastern Gateway Community College received the maximum number of prior experience points during the 2012-13 assessment year.
“We were very successful for the 2012-2013 academic year,” said Dorothy Collins, dean of TRIO programs and academic advising. “We met all of our objectives and were awarded our 15 prior experience points.”
TRIO EOC staff Stacey Spearman, project coordinator, Erik Neff, outreach advisor, and Betina McCray, secretary, were praised by Collins “for all of their hard work and efforts, because without their great job performance, this would have not happened.”
TRIO EOC operates from the college’s Valley Center in Youngstown and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to serve 1,000 students. The program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified individuals who want to enter or continue a program of post-secondary education.
The program also provides services to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants. An important program objective is to counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, and to assist in the application process, Collins said. “The goal of the EOC program is to increase the number of participants who enroll in post-secondary education institutions.”
Among its services, the program provides academic advice, personal counseling and career workshops; information on post-secondary education opportunities and student financial assistance; help in completing applications for college admissions, testing and financial aid; coordination with nearby post-secondary institutions; media activities designed to involve and acquaint the community with higher education opportunities.