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Educational Opportunity Center

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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.


*Please feel free to contact our office at 240-567-5644 with questions about your eligibility for our services.

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

  • U.S. Citizen, national or meets the residency requirements for Federal student financial assistance
  • Montgomery County resident
  • Age 19 or older (High school seniors and high school non-completers not being served a US Department of Education funded Educational Talent Search, who are primarily low-income and first generation.)
  • Potential First-generation college student, meaning neither parent has a four-year college degree
  • Low Income Individual (based on federal guidelines)

Free Services offered in English and Spanish

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

  • Academic Advising
  • Admissions Counseling
  • Career Advising
  • Financial Aid Counseling and FAFSA application assistance
  • Financial Literacy Advising
  • Official Practice GED Test
  • Scholarship Search

Service Options

There are three ways in which you can meet with an EOC staff member.

  • Rockville Office (900 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850)
  • East County Regional Center 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, MD (2nd and 4th Thursday)
  • Montgomery College Takoma Park Silver Spring Raptor Central, Charlene R. Nunley Student Services Center
  • Zoom (individual link emailed)
  • Teams (individual link emailed)

  • Email monitored Monday – Friday (during normal business hours)
  • Indicate assistance required in your email
  • You will be emailed in reference to scheduling an appointment

Schedule an appointment or register for a workshop.


EOC Main Office

900 Hungerford, Suite 250,
Rockville, MD 20850

Satellite Office
  • East Regional Resource Center,
    3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, MD
  • Montgomery College Takoma Park Silver Spring, Raptor Central,
    Charlene R. Nunley Student Services Center

Information Available

We provide information on the following educational institutions.

  • GED/H.S. Diploma
  • ESL Programs
  • Certified Programs
  • 2 Year Degrees
  • Special Certificate Programs
  • 4 Year Degrees
  • Special Certificate Programs
  • Career Exploration
  • College Admissions Process
  • Financial Aid Opportunities
  • Goal Setting
  • Post-secondary Options
  • Academic Skills Improvement
  • Community Based Support
  • English Proficiency Improvement
  • ESL programs
  • GED programs
  • TRIO Programs (Student Support Services)


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

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National Hispanic Explorers Scholarship Program

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