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Current Issue: April 14, 2003
Volume 38, Number 18

EOC serves as bridge for non-traditional students

By Michael Padilla

Reaching out to individuals interested in post-secondary education is the primary goal of the UNM Education Opportunity Center (EOC).

The center, in its first year, is designed to assist low-income, first generation students with academic and career counseling.

“The idea is to provide individuals with the appropriate assistance needed to continue the educational process and attend a post-secondary institution,” said Nancy White, EOC program coordinator. “We are here to help people achieve their goals.” EOC reaches out to individuals in three counties.

One EOC staff member will be based at Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico, a one-stop center located at the TVI Workforce Training Center on Alameda Boulevard in Bernalillo County. Staff will also work from locations in Torrance and Valencia counties.

Services provided include referrals for obtaining a GED, guidance on entry or re-entry to postsecondary educational programs, personal, academic and career assistance, and career and life skills workshops.

The center reaches out to a wide range of individuals, including parents who want to be educated in order to better assist their child's education, those seeking to improve career opportunities, and others who graduated high school years ago.

“What’s unique about this program, is that it reaches out to an older population,” said Natasha Jamerson, educational site coordinator, adding that most programs of this type are geared to recent high school graduates. “We provide information on all educational opportunities available throughout the state.”

Staff work collaboratively with various organizations, schools and county agencies to deliver services.

The EOC program is fully funded through a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The funding has been granted for five years.

EOC joins other federally funded programs administered through Student Affairs under the Special Programs Office such as Student Support Services, Ronald McNair Program, High School Equivalency Program and College Assistance Migrant Program.

The center is located at 1921 Las Lomas NE in the McNair Building. For additional information, and selection criteria, call 277-3096.