Educational Opportunity Center Program


The Educational Opportunity Center program is sponsored by a TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Post-secondary Education and Montgomery College to serve participants in seven sections of Montgomery County-- Takoma Park, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Kensington, Aspen Hill, Rockville and Gaithersburg.

The purpose of EOC is to provide assistance to individuals that have a desire to enter or re-enter college or a vocational program. Education Specialists provide information, guidance/advising and application assistance with regard to career decision-making, college or vocational admissions and applying for financial aid.

The goal is to help individuals enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, GED programs, technical programs, or two or four-year colleges and universities and to assist in the process of obtaining the necessary financial aid to meet tuition costs.

Visiting Washington DC


While participants are evaluated for eligibility on an individual basis, general requirements include the following:

  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency
  • Age 19 or older
  • Montgomery County resident
  • Potential First-generation college student, meaning neither parent has a four-year college degree
  • Low-income verified by financial aid documents or Federal income tax return or as indicated on student's signed statement

Free Services

The MC-EOC program provides information, guidance/advising and application assistance for enrollment in post-secondary education. Individualized services include:

  • Career Assessment and Counseling
  • Academic Advising and Guidance
  • Information on Entrance Exams
  • Individualized Learning Outcomes Plan
  • College Admissions Counseling
  • Financial Aid Counseling and Application Assistance
  • GED practice testing
  • Information Regarding Defaulted Student Loans and Assistance in Reinstating Financial Aid Eligibility


Information Available

We provide information on the following educational institutions.

We provide information on the following educational institutions.

Adult Education Programs

  • GED/H.S. Diploma
  • ESL Programs

Vocational Training Centers

  • Certified Programs

Community Colleges

  • 2 Year Degrees
  • Special Certificate Programs

Public and Private Colleges and Universities

  • 4 Year Degrees
  • Special Certificate Programs

Information Workshops

  • Post-secondary Options
  • College Admissions Process
  • Financial Aid Opportunities
  • Career Exploration
  • Goal Setting

Referral Services

  • GED programs
  • ESL programs
  • Academic Skills Improvement
  • English Proficiency Improvement
  • TRIO Programs (Student Support Services)
  • Community Based Support
MC-EOC Location

The MC-EOC offices are located on the Rockville campus.

The MC-EOC offices are located on the Rockville campus.

MC-EOC Office

900 Hungerford, Suite 200,
Rockville, MD 20850


Satellite Office

Gaithersburg Library
Community Engagement Center
18330 Montgomery Village Avenue 2nd Floor
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

2nd and 4th Wednesday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Schedule an appointment by calling 240-567-9080

Montgomery College - Rockville
Student Services Building - Financial Aid Office
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850

Monday10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Walk-ins)

Montgomery County Government
Pre-Release and Recentry Services (PRC)
11651 Nebel St.
Rockville, MD 20852

1st and 3rd Tuesday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
PRC Residents Only

WorkSource - Montgomery
11002 Veirs Mill Road, 5th Floor
Suite 510
Wheaton, MD 20906

1st and 3rd Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Schedule an appointment by calling 240-567-5644

Montgomery College - Takoma Park Campus/Silver Spring
Charlene R. Nunley Student Services Center - Welcome Center
7600 Takoma Park Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

2nd, 4th and 5th Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Walk-ins)
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Appointments)
Schedule an appointment by calling 240-567-5644

East County Regional Services Building
Community Engagement Center
3300 Briggs Chaney Road
Silver Spring, MD 20904

2nd and 4th Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Schedule an appointment by calling 301-567-9080


Educational Opportunity Center - Websites

ACT, Inc. -
College Board -
Educational Testing Service -
Test of English as a Foreign Language -

Description: These sites offer general information about the college search and admission process.

Adventures in Education -
All About College: Links -
ApplyYourself -
CampusTours -
College 411: Links -
College -
College Bound Network -
College Connector/CollegeNET -
College Is Possible -
CollegeLink -
CollegeNET -
College Planning Network -
College Prep 101-
College Quest -
College Search USA -
College Solutions -
CollegeView -
College Visits -
CollegeXpress -
Common Application -
Education Connect -
Educational Resource Network - -
My College Guide -
My Footpath - -;
Next Step Magazine -
NIEP College Preview -
Peterson's -
Princeton Review -
Princeton Review Counselor Center -
School Guide Publications -
Time Out Associates -
TransWorldEducation -
U.S. News and World Report Education Page -

Air Force ROTC Scholarship -
American Student Assistance -
Citibank Student Loan Corporation -
College Board -
College Connection Scholarships -
College Savings Plan Network -
College Scholarship Search -
FastWeb -
Federal Trade Commission: Scholarship Scams -
FinAid -
Financial Aid Supersite -
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) -;
Fundsnet Online Services -
Gates Millennium Scholars Program -
International Education Finance Corporation -
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation -
Key Education Resources -
Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority -
National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs -
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators -
National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs -
Nellie Mae Loan Link -
Sallie Mae -
Saving for College -
Smart Money -
Student Guide: Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education -
TIAA-CREF Saving for College -
U.S. Bank Student Loans -
U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid
Download a poster reminding students that information about federal student aid is free -
USA Group Loan Services -
Wiredscholar -

America's Job Bank -
Cal Career Center -
Campus Career Center Worldwide -
Career Choices -
Career Guidance Foundation -
Career View -
Career Web -
ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career and Vocational Education -
Experience Network -
JobBank USA -
Jobtrak Corporation -
Kiersey Temperament Sorter - -
My Future -
Occupational Outlook Handbook -
Overview of College, Vocational Schools and Careers -

Counseling and financial aid sources to assist students from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

American Indian College Fund -
Black Collegian -
Black Excel: The College Help Network -
Department of Education/Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs -
Gates Millennium Scholars Fund -
Hillel: Jewish Campus Life -
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities -
Hispanic Scholarship Fund -
Journal of Blacks in Higher Education -
Minority Scholarships and Fellowships -
Quality Education for Minorities -
Tribal Colleges, Native Studies Programs, and Indian Education -

National Hispanic Explorers Scholarship Program

 AllFirst/HCF Scholarship Program
 First in My Family Scholarship Program
 Hispanic College Fund
 One Thomas Circle, NW
 Suite 375
 Washington, DC 20005
 202/296-5400, 800/644-4223