Educational Opportunity Centers

The Murray State University Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a TRiO program funded by the U. S. Department of Education. The purpose of the EOC is  to provide assistance to individuals who are "low income" and/or "first generation (neither parent graduated from college with a 4-year degree)" adults wishing to enter or reenter into a postsecondary education program.  Some of the services offered by the EOC is assistance with completing the FAFSA, financial literacy education and information, assistance with completing and submitting college applications, career counseling, and so much more.

The EOC also offers assistance to adults who come from disadvantaged backgrounds  either reenter high school or enter into a General Education Development (GED) Program in order for them to obtain their secondary education diploma or certificate.  

All of our programs and services are of NO COST to qualifying participants. The goal of the EOC is to increase the number of adults from disadvantaged backgrounds who enroll in a postsecondary institution, to offer assistance and tools needed for successful completion, and educate participants in financial matters. Participants who complete a postsecondary education program have a better chance  for a  successful career and financial stability.  

If you or anyone you know is ready to start following the path to a higher education please contact our office and speak with a Coordinator today. It could be the beginning of a brighter future for you and your family!

Eligibility

To qualify for the Educational Opportunity Center  and its services you must meet  the following criteria:

  • You must be at least 19 years old.
  • You  must reside in the target area served by Educational Opportunity Centers (Fulton, Graves, & Hickman Counties in the state of Kentucky)
  • Have not received a four-year college degree
  • Be interested in entering or re-entering a GED program, Vocational Training Program, Certificate Program, Two-Year College Degree, or Four-Year College Degree.
  • First generation college students and/or low income person.

Apply

Download the Murray State EOC application

Services

  • Public information campaigns designed to inform the community about opportunities for postsecondary education and training;
  • Academic advice and assistance in course selection;
  • Assistance in completing college admission and financial aid applications;
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations;
  • Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants;
  • Guidance on secondary school reentry or entry to a General Educational Development (GED) program or other alternative education program for secondary school dropouts;
  • Individualized personal, career, and academic counseling;
  • Tutorial services;
  • Career workshops and counseling;
  • Mentoring programs involving elementary or secondary school teachers, faculty members at institutions of higher education, students, or any combination of these persons;
  • Programs and activities described above that are specially designed for participants who are limited English proficient, participants from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, participants who are individuals with disabilities, participants who are homeless children and youth, participants who are foster care youth, or other disconnected participants; and
  • Other activities designed to meet the purposes of the EOC Program.
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Staff

MeLissa Cooper
Director
Educational Opportunity Center
261 Blackburn Science Building
Murray, KY 42071
mcooper@murraystate.edu
270.809.4150
Kimberly Johnson
Administrative Assistant
Educational Opportunity Center
261 Blackburn Science Building
Murray, KY 42071
kjohnson90@murraystate.edu
270.809.3412

Newsletter

The EOC Program  Newsletter contents include information on GED, study tips, counties we serve, testing centers, scholarship updates and important program information. If we do not have your e-mail address on file, please contact anyone in our staff and we will gladly start sending you newsletters.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the purpose of the EOC program?
The purpose of the Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) Program is to provide information regarding financial and academic assistance available to individuals who desire to pursue a program of postsecondary education; provide assistance to individuals in applying for admission to institutions that offer programs of postsecondary education, including assistance in preparing necessary applications for use by admissions and financial aid officers; and provide information regarding financial and economic literacy to participants.

2. Is there a cost matching requirement? 
No, all services are free.

3. What kinds of activities can be supported with grant funds?
An Educational Opportunity Centers project may provide the following services:

  • Public information campaigns designed to inform the community about opportunities for postsecondary education and training;
  • Academic advice and assistance in course selection;
  • Assistance in completing college admission and financial aid applications;
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations;
  • Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants;
  • Guidance on secondary school reentry or entry to a General Educational Development (GED) program or other alternative education program for secondary school dropouts;
  • Individualized personal, career, and academic counseling;
  • Tutorial services;
  • Career workshops and counseling;
  • Mentoring programs involving elementary or secondary school teachers, faculty members at institutions of higher education, students, or any combination of these persons;
  • Programs and activities described above that are specially designed for participants who are limited English proficient, participants from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, participants who are individuals with disabilities, participants who are homeless children and youth, participants who are foster care youth, or other disconnected participants; and
  • Other activities designed to meet the purposes of the EOC Program.

Contact

Feel free to contact our office to discuss the services we provide to help  our participants succeed in pursuing their education. We would be happy to speak with you over the phone  or schedule an appointment to talk about  your educational goals and desire for better employment opportunities in your future.

 

Murray State University

Educational Opportunity Center

240 Blackburn Science Building

Phone: 270.809.5683 or 800.669.7654 toll free

Fax: 270.809.3412