Educational Opportunity Center Program

Welcome

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.

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Eligibility

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

240-567-5644

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. - http://www.act.org
College Board - http://www.collegeboard.org
Educational Testing Service - http://www.ets.org
Test of English as a Foreign Language - http://www.ets.org/toefl

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

Adventures in Education - http://www.aie.org
All About College: Links - http://www.allaboutcollege.com
ApplyYourself - http://www.hobsons.com
CampusTours - http://www.campustours.com
College 411: Links - http://www.college411.org
College Board.com - http://www.collegeboard.com
College Bound Network - http://www.collegebound.net
College Connector/CollegeNET - http://www.collegenet.com
College Is Possible - http://www.acenet.edu
CollegeLink - http://www.fastweb.com
CollegeNET - http://www.collegenet.com
College Planning Network - http://www.collegeplan.org
College Prep 101- http://www.collegeprep101.com
College Quest - http://www.collegequest.com
College Search USA - http://www.collegesearchusa.com
College Solutions - http://www.college-solutions.com
CollegeView - http://www.collegeview.com
College Visits - http://www.college-visits.com
CollegeXpress - http://www.collegexpress.com
Common Application - http://www.commonapp.org
Education Connect - http://www.educationconnect.com
Educational Resource Network - http://www.ernweb.com
Embark.com - http://www.embark.com
My College Guide - http://www.mycollegeguide.org
My Footpath - http://www.myfootpath.com
MyRoad.com - http://www.MyRoad.com; http://www.MyRoad.Collegeboard.com
Next Step Magazine - http://www.nextSTEPu.com
NIEP College Preview - http://www.niep.com
Peterson's - http://www.petersons.com
Princeton Review - http://www.review.com
Princeton Review Counselor Center - http://www.PrincetonReview.com
School Guide Publications - http://www.schoolguides.com
Time Out Associates - http://www.timeoutassociates.com
TransWorldEducation - http://www.transworldeducation.com
U.S. News and World Report Education Page - http://www.usnews.com

Air Force ROTC Scholarship - http://www.afrotc.com
American Student Assistance - http://www.asa.org
Citibank Student Loan Corporation - http://www.studentloan.com
College Board - http://www.collegeboard.com/paying
College Connection Scholarships - http://www.collegescholarships.com
College Savings Plan Network - http://www.collegesavings.org
College Scholarship Search - http://www.college-scholarships.com
FastWeb - http://www.fastweb.com
Federal Trade Commission: Scholarship Scams - http://www.consumer.ftc.gov
FinAid - http://www.finaid.org
Financial Aid Supersite - http://www.financialaidsupersite.com
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - www.fafsa.ed.gov; http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/completefafsa
Fundsnet Online Services - http://www.fundsnetservices.com
Gates Millennium Scholars Program - http://www.gmsp.org
International Education Finance Corporation - http://www.iefa.org
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation - http://www.Jkcf.org
Key Education Resources - http://www.Key.com/educate
Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority - http://www.mefa.org
National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs - http://www.nassgap.org
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators - http://www.nasfaa.org
National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs - http://www.ncher.us
Nellie Mae Loan Link - http://www.salliemae.com
Sallie Mae - http://www.salliemae.com
Saving for College - http://savingforcollege.com
Smart Money - http://www.marketwatch.com
Student Guide: Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education - http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/guide
TIAA-CREF Saving for College - http://www.tiaa-cref.org/tuition
U.S. Bank Student Loans - http://www.usbank.com/studentloans
U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid
Download a poster reminding students that information about federal student aid is free - http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/stung
USA Group Loan Services - http://www.salliemae.com
Wiredscholar - https://www.salliemae.com

America's Job Bank - http://www.careeronestop.com
Cal Career Center - http://career.berkeley.edu
Campus Career Center Worldwide - http://www.campuscareercenter.com
Career Choices - http://www.umanitoba.ca/counselling/careers.html
Career Guidance Foundation - http://www.collegesource.com
Career View - http://www.collegeview.com/career
Career Web - https://www.employmentguide.com
ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career and Vocational Education - http://ericacve.org
Experience Network - http://www.experiencenetwork.com
JobBank USA - http://www.jobbankusa.com
Jobtrak Corporation - http://www.jobtrak.com
Kiersey Temperament Sorter - http://www.advisorteam.com/user/ktsintro.asp
Monster.com - http://www.monster.com
My Future - http://www.myfuture.com
Occupational Outlook Handbook - http://www.bls.gov/oco
Overview of College, Vocational Schools and Careers - http://www.overview.com/colleges

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

American Indian College Fund - http://collegefund.org
Black Collegian - http://www.black-collegian.com
Black Excel: The College Help Network - http://www.BlackExcel.org
Department of Education/Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs - http://www.ed.gov/offices/OBEMLA
Gates Millennium Scholars Fund - http://www.gmsp.org
Hillel: Jewish Campus Life - http://www.hillel.org
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities - http://www.gmsp.org
Hispanic Scholarship Fund - http://www.hsf.net
Journal of Blacks in Higher Education - http://www.jbhe.com
Minority Scholarships and Fellowships - http://www.researchresearch.com
Quality Education for Minorities - http://qemnetwork.qem.org
Tribal Colleges, Native Studies Programs, and Indian Education - http://www.nativeculture.com/lisamitten/education.html

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
http://www.hispanicfund.org/

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