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.

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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.

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.

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 11:00 AM - 7:00 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 Reentry Services (PRC)
11651 Nebel St.
Rockville, MD 20852

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

WorkSource - Montgomery
11510 Georgia Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

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 - Raptor Central
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

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College Board - http://www.collegeboard.orgnew window
Educational Testing Service - http://www.ets.orgnew window
Test of English as a Foreign Language - new window

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

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

Air Force ROTC Scholarship - http://www.afrotc.comnew window
American Student Assistance - http://www.asa.orgnew window
College Board - window
College Connection Scholarships - http://www.collegescholarships.comnew window
College Savings Plan Network - http://www.collegesavings.orgnew window
College Scholarship Search - window
FastWeb - http://www.fastweb.comnew window
Federal Trade Commission: Scholarship Scams - http://www.consumer.ftc.govnew window
FinAid - http://www.finaid.orgnew window
Financial Aid Supersite - http://www.financialaidsupersite.comnew window
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - http://www.fafsa.ed.govnew window window
Fundsnet Online Services - window
Gates Millennium Scholars Program - http://www.gmsp.orgnew window
International Education Finance Corporation - http://www.iefa.orgnew window
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation - http://www.Jkcf.orgnew window
Key Education Resources - window
Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority - http://www.mefa.orgnew window
National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs - http://www.nassgap.orgnew window
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators - http://www.nasfaa.orgnew window
National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs - http://www.ncher.usnew window
Saving for College - http://savingforcollege.comnew window
Smart Money - http://www.marketwatch.comnew window
Student Guide: Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education - window
TIAA-CREF Saving for College - window
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 - window

America's Job Bank - http://www.careeronestop.comnew window
Cal Career Center - http://career.berkeley.edunew window
Campus Career Center Worldwide - http://www.campuscareercenter.comnew window
Career Choices - window
Career Guidance Foundation - http://www.collegesource.comnew window
Career View -
Career Web -
ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career and Vocational Education -
Experience Network -
JobBank USA - http://www.jobbankusa.comnew window
JobTrak Corporation -
Kiersey Temperament Sorter - - window
My Future - http://www.myfuture.comnew window
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 - http://collegefund.orgnew window
Black Collegian - window
Black Excel: The College Help Network - http://www.BlackExcel.orgnew window
Department of Education/Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs - window
Gates Millennium Scholars Fund - http://www.gmsp.orgnew window
Hillel: Jewish Campus Life - http://www.hillel.orgnew window
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities - http://www.gmsp.orgnew window
Hispanic Scholarship Fund - http://www.hsf.netnew window
Journal of Blacks in Higher Education - http://www.jbhe.comnew window
Minority Scholarships and Fellowships - http://www.researchresearch.comnew window
Quality Education for Minorities - http://qemnetwork.qem.orgnew window
Tribal Colleges, Native Studies Programs, and Indian Education - window

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship -
The Bernie Scholarship - window
Herb Block Foundation Scholarship - window
Hispanic Gala Scholarship - window
Soroptimist Scholarship - window

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 window