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February, 2014: EOC Attends State Caucus for Advocacy and Support

EOC staff and students attended the 43rd Black, Hispanic, Puerto Rican and Asian Legislative Caucus. Those representing the University at Buffalo EOC met with state-wide politicians, to advocate their inclusion in the state budget, support for their goals and thanked them for their support. EOC Executive Director, Julius Gregg Adams, commented "I was amazed by our students commitment, the ease of their interactions and their knowledge of each of their programs". He added "I thanked them for taking the time from their busy schedules to represent our Center in such an incredible manner!" Way to go students! You did EOC proud!


February, 2014: 'EOC Goes to Albany' for Advocacy Day

EOC staff accompanied students from its Registered Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Dental Assisting programs to the state capital for EOC Advocacy Day. EOC annually travels to Albany to meet with state legislators to encourage their support of the Buffalo EOC, and other EOCs statewide. As students and staff met with legislators, they discussed the important role that EOC plays in serving its local English as a Second Language and high school equivalency populations. Students also underscored how EOC allied health programs position graduates to immediately enter the work force. Students also shared their personal stories and encouraged legislators to continue their support to fund EOCs. EOC students did a fabulous job of representing themselves and EOC. Congratulations!


February, 2014: EOC Goes Red for National Wear Red Day®

To acknowledge its support of the National Go Red for Women campaign, EOC Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) students sponsored a health event at its new campus. RMA students provided blood pressure and weight screenings for fellow students and EOC staff. Students also staffed information tables, where literature was available informing participants about the importance of maintaining good heart health. Pictures from the event are available at: Go Red RMA 020614 


February, 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. 


February, 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 -

January, 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. The Fall application deadline is April 1, 2014.


January, 2014: Instructional Opportunities at EOC - Spring 2014

Classes for Spring 2014 year have begun at EOC's new state-of-the-art campus! EOC is currently accepting applications for the following programs:

Academic: English as a Second Language (evenings), Basic Academic Review, High School Equivalency (formerly General Education Diploma) and College Preparation.

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

Saturday Sessions offered twice per month from 9am-1pm between February 2014 and May 2014. Software systems covered include: Introduction to Excel, Introductory and Intermediate Word, Intermediate and Advanced Access, Basic Computer Skills also available. Other topics: include My Online Presence, Internet Google operations, Google Tools, Conducting an Online Job Search, Conquering Computer Phobia, Creating a Free Website, Creating a Professional Blog.

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

Instruction available in Microsoft Office Suite and Computer Fundamentals. There is also a PowerPoint Bootcamp (am) class available that offers completers an opportunity seek industry-recognized certification. An Intermediate Access afternoon class is available. Evening Intro to Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint Bootcamp classes are also available.

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

Three-day computer bootcamp classes in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word (advanced). Successful completion of bootcamps positions students to take an industry-recognized certification exam. March through May bootcamps are available. All bootcamps run Monday-Thursday from 9am-5pm.

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


January, 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!