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The  University at Buffalo's Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is leading the way in providing urban communities with TUITION-FREE innovative academic programs leading to higher education, and vocational training programs leading to gainful employment.

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May, 2014: Instructional Opportunities at EOC - Summer 2014

Applications for classes starting June, 2014 are being accepted for the following programs:    

Academic: High School Equivalency Bootcamps are one-day sessions to help students assess their readiness to take the state’s new TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) exam. The TASC™ high school equivalency exam has replaced the GED® exam. 

Computers: (EOC - 555 Ellicott Street / Downtown Buffalo)

Saturday Computer Fundamentals and Microsoft Office Suite sessions offered from 9am-1pm. 

Computers: (EOC - 555 Ellicott Street / Downtown Buffalo)

Instruction available on Saturdays for Microsoft Office Suite and Computer Fundamentals instruction. There is also a Microsoft Word Bootcamp (am).  A Microsoft Excel (am) and a Word (evening) bootcamp is available as well. Bootcamps offer completers an opportunity seek industry-recognized certification.

Computers: (Satellite programs at the Martha Mitchell Center ATTAIN Lab)

Computer bootcamp classes in Microsoft Word. Successful completion of bootcamps positions students to take an industry-recognized certification exam.  Digital Literacy (pm) instruction available.  

Workplace Professional Development Series: “How to Handle a Toxic Work Environment” available.

SNAP Job Readiness Training: digital literacy, customer service skills and employment assistance available for food stamp recipients.

Contact EOC Admissions office for details and registration at 645-9555. Or, visit the Admissions
office at 555 Ellicott Street during normal business hours.


April, 2014: EOC Opens Doors for Refugee Community                                                          "Piko" came to America from the overseas country of Myanmar (formerly Burma) to pursue opportunity, education and to improve his English speaking skills. Piko quickly learned that EOC could help him with English as a Second Language classes and could help him later apply for college. The University at Buffalo recently spotlighted Piko's story in their "A World of Opportunity" AtBuffalo e-magazine article. To view the article, visit the following link. 


April, 2014: Free College and Financial Aid Application Assistance  

The EOC encourages college-interested individuals in our community to consider postsecondary studies at any one of the area’s great educational institutions. Many in the area are considering college this Fall or next Spring and need a little assistance with the college application and financial aid application process. EOC’s College Connections office can provide the assistance needed to make the college-going process a little easier to navigate. For assistance, contact EOC at 645-9555 and select prompt #5 to leave your contact information for staff to follow up with you. Or, email -

April, 2014: Interested In An Allied Health Career? - Start at EOC This Fall!

EOC is now accepting applications for individuals interested in tuition-free training in the following fields: Registered Medical Assistant and Certified Dental Assisting. Training is also available in Medical Billing & Coding and Medical Clinical Lab Technician (both programs offer completers the opportunity to qualify for national certification). Interested? Visit EOC Admissions, 555 Ellicott Street to apply or visit to apply online.


March, 2014: 'How Do I Get A Copy of My GED?'     

Our Admissions Office gets asked this question a lot and we know that it would be helpful to many to know how to obtain a copy of their GED. Just visit the following New York State Department of Education web address below, print off the request form and mail it in with your fee payment.

Contact EOC at 645-9555, visit us on the web at or drop in at our 555 Ellicott  St location to inquire about any of our programs. See you soon!