About the EOC

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.

What's New

October, 2014: "Strengthening Families Celebration" at EOC!

The Educational Opportunity Center invites the community to attend its first "Strengthening Families Celebration" on Saturday, November 8, 2014. This event was created to provide family-friendly, educational and fun-filled activities for area families that will enrich them and deepen the ties that bind them together. There's Strength in Unity. Register online at eoc.buffalo.edu


August, 2014: Instructional Opportunities at EOC - Fall 2014

Classes for the Fall 2014 year are available at EOC's new state-of-the art campus! EOC is now accepting applications for the following programs:    


High School Equivalency classes (formerly GED®) for individuals seeking to prepare themselves for the state’s new Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ (TASC™) exam. High School Equivalency Bootcamps for those prepared to sit for either the TASC™ exam or the TASC™ Readiness Assessment, which is the new official practice test. Also available are one-day High School Equivalency Readiness Test Sessions for those that may be ready to take the TASC™ exam. 

English as a Second Language (evenings and Saturdays) are available for those seeking to improve their language skills.  Academic Review classes will help those seeking to strengthen their foundational academic skills as they seek to enter the work force or later college enrollment. College Preparation classes are available for those seeking to improve their English, research, writing, college reading and math skills. Academic Skills Labs are available for current students seeking to strengthen their basic skills or improve their academics as they prepare themselves for their high school equivalency.

Allied Health

EOC is accepting applications for the following programs: Registered Medical Assistant, Certified Dental Assisting, Patient Services Technician Specialist (phlebotomy focus) and Medical Billing and Coding.

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

EOC’s Information Technology (IT) program offers industry-recognized certifications in Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Technology Associate and QuickBooks for Business. These are valuable opportunities for job seekers interested in increasing their marketability, gaining productivity software expertise for entry level jobs that value applicants with demonstrated IT proficiency, and small business owners and their staff seeking to more easily manage their accounting, bookkeeping, sales income and expenses.

Incumbent Worker Series

Offers Microsoft Word and Excel classes on Saturdays from 9am-Noon between September and October.   

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

One-week computer bootcamp classes in Microsoft Word and Excel. The bootcamps run from 9am-5pm. Successful completers can qualify to sit for an industry-recognized certification exam, EOC will provide the free voucher for students to take the exam. High School Equivalency preparation and Digital Literacy instruction are also available from September through December.

Computers: (Satellite programs at the King Urban Life Center)

Keyboarding/Speed Development instruction available.   

Workplace Professional Development Series

These Saturday workshops are designed to help employees optimize their job performance. Workshop topics include: How to Handle a toxic Work Environment, Diversity and the Workplace, Steps to Securing Employment, Teambuilding Strategies and How to Adapt to Change in the Workplace.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

EOC is accepting applications for the SNAP Program (formerly the Food Stamp andEmployment Training Program). SNAP serves individuals that are receiving food stamps as well as Safety Net recipients. We offer EOC students additional services (e.g. limited transportation assistance and job readiness classes) and other benefits relating to education and employment. For additional information, contact Mr. Teichman at 645-1927.

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


August, 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 - olivergl@buffalo.edu


July, 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 eoc.buffalo.edu or drop in at our 555 Ellicott  St. location to inquire about any of our programs. See you soon!