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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.
September, 2013: School Is In Session
Classes for the Fall 2013 year have begun at EOC's new state-of-the-art campus! EOC is currently recruiting students for the following programs:
Academic: English as a Second Language (evenings), Basic Academic Review, General Education Diploma (GED) and College Preparation.
Computers: (EOC - 555 Ellicott Street / Downtown Buffalo)
Saturday Sessions offered twice per month from 9am-1pm between October 2013 and April 2014. Software systems covered include: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access. Other topics include Create a Professional Blog and Conquering Your Computer Phobia.
Computers: (Satellite programs at the Martha Mitchell Center ATTAIN Lab)
Three-week computer bootcamp classes in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Successful completion of bootcamps positions students to take an industry-recognized certification exam. October, November and December bootcamps are available.
Computers: (Satellite programs at the King Urban Life Center)
Various weekday instruction available in: Intro to Computers, Keyboarding/Speed Development and Microsoft Suite software. Upcoming November 2013 Saturday instruction available in using Windows 8; Using Mail Merge, Internet Basics and Using Your Digital Camera Effectively.
Workplace Professional Development Series: Optimize Your Performnance
These Saturday workshops are designed to help employees optimize their job performance. Workshops topics include: Handling Workplace Stress, Time Management, Diversity and the Workplace, Workplace Survival, Improving on-the-job Communications, Dealing with Difficult People and more. All workshops run from 12:30pm-2:25pm.
To apply for any of the above programming online, visit eoc.buffalo.edu and click the "Apply Online" icon to apply. Then, visit EOC Admissions Office at 555 Ellicott Street during normal business hours to complete the registration process.
August, 2013: Need To Practice For Your GED? Consider EOC's GED/GAP
The GED/GAP Program offers day and evening classes to individuals that need assistance in preparing for the NYS GED exam. By attending our ONE-day GAP session, students will:
- Find out the GED exam passing requirements
- Take the official GED practice test
- Identify their academic strengths and weaknesses
- Get referred to GED preparation classes, if needed
- Position themselves to be scheduled for the State GED exam within 4 weeks, if you are ready
By January 2014, the NYS Education Department will replace the current GED exam with one that is more academically demanding, requiring higher levels of preparation in order to pass the test, computer-based and will be a timed test. Take a positive step and 'close the gap' in finding out if you are prepared to pass the GED exam. Look into GED/GAP.
August, 2013: 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.
July, 2013: '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!