SUNY and CUNY Celebrate 25th Anniversary of the Queens Educational Opportunity Center

January 27, 2017

Queens – State University of New York Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall and City University of New York Board of Trustees Chairman William C. Thompson, Jr., co-hosted a 25th anniversary celebration of the Queens Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), a collaboration between New York’s public higher education systems and serving the Queens community.

"Educational Opportunity Centers across New York State forge a path to academic and career success for some of our neediest students," said SUNY Chairman McCall. "For 25 years and counting, the Queens EOC has evolved to meet the changing needs of the local community, serving as a catalyst for individual achievement, as well as boosting the community’s economic development through a skilled labor force."

"CUNY is proud to collaborate with SUNY at our Educational Opportunity Centers, where our neediest families have the opportunity to gain skills, move into the workforce and advance their careers," said CUNY Chairman Thompson. "They also get a taste of college life at our campuses. EOC, SEEK, and College Discovery are emblematic of CUNY’s longstanding and enduring commitment to providing affordable opportunities for all New Yorkers."

Each year, the Queens EOC enrolls more than 1,000 students, providing academic, college preparation, professional and technical programs, as well as high school equivalency programs. More than 500 students graduate annually.

Queens EOC is certified by the New York State Education Department as a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) High School Equivalency (HSE) testing site. To date, it is the largest testing site across the nation, administering more than 6,000 examinations annually.

Queens EOC programs are tuition-free for eligible participants and are offered in the day and evenings. Current programs include: Basic Education, English as a Second Language, HSE Preparation, HSE Assessment Project (HSEAP), Pathways to College, Home Health Aide, Certified Professional Coder and Billing, Security Guard Training, Computer Fundamentals, Microsoft Certification Specialist, Job Readiness and Employment Counseling.

About SUNY’s Educational Opportunity Centers

SUNY’s system of 10 Educational Opportunity Centers (EOCs), 2 College and Career Counseling and Outreach Centers  and 36 ATTAIN labs deliver community-based, academic and workforce development programs and services to more than 20,000 adult learners across the state. Since 1966, EOCs have assisted students in re-entering the education pipeline who may have dropped out of school, are underprepared for the workforce or higher education, or who are seeking new or different skill sets in order to take advantage of new employment opportunities. As institutions with a dual focus on both academic and workforce development, EOCs provide tuition free programs for those who meet residency, academic, and economic criteria. Sponsored by local institutions of higher education, four of the SUNY EOCs are affiliated with CUNY institutions including York College, New York City College of Technology, Bronx Community College and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. To learn more about the EOCs and ATTAIN, visit www.ucawd.suny.edu.

About The City University of New York

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847, the University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the CUNY School of Medicine, the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 273,000 degree-seeking students and 260,000 adult and continuing education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2015–16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit-bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.


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