Education Department Awards $48 Million in TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers Grants to Improve Adult College Readiness

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Education Department Awards $48 Million in TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers Grants to Improve Adult College Readiness

August 15, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of $48 million in grants to 143 colleges and organizations in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico under the Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) program – all aimed at promoting college readiness for more than 196,000 adults.

The grants will provide readily accessible college guidance to adults who may not otherwise quickly decipher the steps needed for college admissions and continued success through graduation.

"These grants will help guide almost 200,000 adults toward acquiring the skills they need for 21st century jobs," said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. "Educational Opportunity Centers serve as unique information hubs for adults seeking more insight into the resources available to them in pursuing higher education, quality work and the American Dream."

EOC grants, five years in duration, will assist adults in gaining the skills necessary for pursuing postsecondary credentials.

Participants will be connected to tutors, mentors and counselors for guidance on admission, financial aid and postsecondary course selection. For those who may not have finished high school, help will be offered on secondary school re-entry or high school equivalency exam programs – or other alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts.

EOC projects also provide services to students traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, including students with disabilities, limited English proficiency, and other disadvantaged groups, such as those who may be homeless, exiting foster care or otherwise disconnected.

This investment in adult college readiness is particularly noteworthy given recent workforce projections estimating that nearly 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school.

Of the 143 applicants who competed successfully in the FY 2016 competition, 119 applicants will begin new awards in the 2016-2017 project year and future awards will be made to 24 applicants with one or more years remaining on their current grants. This year's grant competition marked the first year of incorporating logic models into assessments of applicants' service delivery plans.

Educational Opportunity Centers are one of eight federal grant programs collectively known as the Federal TRIO Programs. TRIO Programs identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. They help low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

The Obama Administration has taken a number of steps to widen access to higher education by boosting Pell Grant funding, streamlining the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and maintaining low interest rates on federal subsidized Stafford loans.

Following is a list of the grant recipients.

Educational Opportunity Centers Grants
Office of Postsecondary Education
Fiscal Year 2016

First Time Recipients (35 Recipients)

State Institution 2016-17 Funding Participants New

AR

Black River Technical College

$235,995

1,000

*

AZ

Pima County Community College District - West Campus

$235,996

1,000

*

CA

Columbia College

$236,000

1,000

*

CA

Youth Policy Institute

$236,000

1,000

*

FL

Broward College

$236,000

1,000

*

FL

Gulf Coast State College

$236,000

1,000

*

FL

Seminole State College Of Florida

$236,000

1,000

*

FL

St. Thomas University

$235,963

1,000

*

IL

Family Legacy Foundation

$236,000

1,000

*

KY

Bluegrass Community And Technical College

$235,986

1,000

*

KY

Murray State University

$236,000

1,000

*

LA

Nicholls State University

$236,000

1,000

*

LA

University Of Louisiana At Lafayette

$236,000

1,000

*

MA

Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation

$236,000

1,000

*

MN

Lake Superior College

$236,000

1,000

*

MS

Delta State University

$236,000

1,000

*

NC

Academic Institute Of Central Carolina

$236,000

1,000

*

NC

Craven Community College

$236,000

1,000

*

NC

Halifax Community College

$236,000

1,000

*

NV

University of Nevada/ Las Vegas

$235,999

1,000

*

OH

Owens State Community College

$236,000

1,000

*

OK

University Of Central Oklahoma

$236,000

1,000

*

PA

Cheyney University Of Pennsylvania

$236,000

1,000

*

PA

Pennsylvania State University/ University Park

$236,000

1,000

*

PA

The School District Of Philadelphia

$236,000

1,000

*

PR

Inter American University Of Puerto Rico Ponce Campus

$235,992

1,200

*

TN

Dyersburg State Community College

$236,000

1,000

*

TX

Opportunity Resource Services, Inc.

$236,000

1,000

*

TX

San Antonio Independent School District

$235,926

1,000

*

TX

Texas A&M University Kingsville

$236,000

1,000

*

TX

Tyler Junior College

$235,999

1,000

*

UT

Utah Valley University

$236,000

1,000

*

VA

Portsmouth Public Schools

$235,468

1,000

*

VA

Virginia Commonwealth University

$236,000

1,000

*

WA

South Seattle College

$235,995

1,000

*

 

Total

$8,259,319

35,200

 

Prior Funded Successful EOC Grant Recipients (84 Recipients)

State Institution 2016-17 Funding Participants

AR

Arkansas State University Mid-south

$236,900

1,000

AR

Henderson State University

$236,900

1,000

AR

North Arkansas College

$270,938

1,000

AR

Rich Mountain Community College

$420,811

1,362

AR

University Of Arkansas At Little Rock

$270,290

1,000

AZ

ABOR For And On Behalf Of Northern Arizona University

$446,662

1,446

CA

California State University, Fresno Foundation

$338,441

1,300

CA

Palomar Community College District

$236,900

1,000

CA

West Los Angeles College

$236,900

1,000

CO

Colorado State University - Pueblo

$435,670

1,505

CO

Community College Of Denver

$726,961

3,884

CT

CONNTAC, Inc. (Connecticut Talent Assistance Cooperative, Inc

$762,622

3,205

DC

College Entrance Examination Board

$964,698

3,122

FL

College Of Central Florida

$354,048

1,265

FL

District Board Of Trustees Of Pensacola State College

$403,564

1,456

FL

Miami Dade College - InterAmerican Campus

$236,900

1,000

FL

Palm Beach State College

$236,900

1,000

GA

Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc.

$338,442

1,160

GA

The Corporation Of Mercer University

$493,774

1,990

HI

University Of Hawaii

$439,800

1,456

IA

Indian Hills Community College

$236,900

1,000

IA

University Of Northern Iowa

$450,384

1,942

ID

University of Idaho/ Boise

$236,900

1,000

IL

Chicago State University

$347,487

1,165

IL

Malcolm X College

$236,900

1,000

KS

University Of Kansas Center For Research, Inc.

$270,938

1,000

KS

Wichita State University

$235,999

1,000

LA

Southeastern Louisiana University

$385,323

1,247

LA

Southern University At Shreveport

$236,900

1,000

MA

Massachusetts Education And Career Opportunities, Inc.

$1,107,920

4,854

MA

Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation

$236,900

1,000

MA

Mount Wachusett Community College

$236,900

1,000

MD

Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

$954,501

3,089

MD

Montgomery College

$236,900

1,000

MD

University of Maryland

$270,938

1,000

MI

Lake Michigan College

$338,442

1,097

MI

Wayne State University

$497,376

1,620

MO

The Junior College District Of Metropolitan Kansas City, MO

$441,508

2,427

MS

North Mississippi Center For Higher Educational Advancement

$230,000

1,000

MS

Tougaloo College

$236,900

1,000

NC

Piedmont Community College

$519,837

2,500

NE

Creighton University

$263,047

1,000

NM

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell

$350,988

1,165

NM

The Regents Of The University Of New Mexico

$236,900

1,000

NV

University of Nevada/ Las Vegas

$236,900

1,000

NY

Genesee Community College

$372,441

1,311

NY

Harlem Center For Education, Inc.

$236,900

1,000

NY

Research Foundation/CUNY On Behalf Of BMCC

$236,896

1,000

OH

Cincinnati State Technical And Community College

$236,900

1,000

OH

Cuyahoga Community College District

$341,087

1,200

OH

Eastern Gateway Community College

$220,547

1,000

OH

Educational Partners, Inc.

$667,722

2,817

OH

Shawnee State University

$386,515

1,350

OK

Carl Albert State College

$510,799

1,675

OK

East Central University

$448,714

1,456

OK

Rogers State University

$592,789

3,204

OK

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

$500,720

1,620

OK

Tulsa Community College

$236,900

1,000

OR

Rogue Community College District

$236,900

1,000

PR

Inter American University Of Puerto Rico San German Campus

$235,850

1,000

PR

Inter American University Of Puerto Rico/Barranquitas

$236,900

1,000

PR

Pontifical Catholic University Of Puerto Rico

$236,900

1,000

RI

Community College Of Rhode Island

$781,718

2,913

SC

Midlands Technical College

$236,900

1,000

SC

South Carolina State University

$236,900

1,000

SC

Trident Technical College

$593,592

1,942

TN

Austin Peay State University

$384,822

1,500

TN

Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority, Inc.

$236,854

1,000

TN

East Tennessee State University

$236,900

1,000

TN

The University Of Tennessee

$465,203

1,506

TN

The University Of Tennessee At Chattanooga

$270,938

1,000

TX

LEARN Inc.

$416,439

1,359

TX

Lee College District

$236,000

1,000

TX

Paris Junior College

$332,064

1,100

TX

Southwest Texas Junior College Foundation, Inc.

$236,900

1,000

VA

Old Dominion University Research Foundation

$494,575

2,913

VA

Virginia State University

$236,900

1,000

VT

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

$486,102

1,580

WA

Central Washington University

$270,938

1,000

WA

Metropolitan Development Council

$670,929

2,427

WV

Bluefield State College

$338,033

1,456

WV

Marshall University Research Corporation

$236,900

1,000

WY

University Of Wyoming

$500,042

1,619

WY

University Of Wyoming

$236,900

1,000

 

Total

$31,193,838

122,205

Educational Opportunity Center Grant Recipients With One or More Funding Years Remaining (24 Recipients)

State Institution 2016-17 Funding Participants

AR

Arkansas Northeastern College

$338,442

1,097

CA

California State University Long Beach Research Foundation

$236,900

1,000

CA

Wahupa Educational Enterprises, Inc.

$341,143

1,130

CO

Colorado State University

$551,530

1,796

KS

Barton County Community College

$270,938

1,000

KY

KentuckianaWorks Foundation, Inc.

$530,444

2,427

KY

Morehead State University

$236,900

1,000

KY

Morehead State University

$462,996

1,505

KY

Western Kentucky University Research Foundation, Inc.

$236,900

1,000

ME

University of Maine System Acting Through Umaine

$701,027

2,269

MN

Minneapolis Community And Technical College

$19,710

1,095

MN

Minneapolis Community And Technical College

$435,147

1,650

MO

Crowder College-Educational Opportunity Center

$236,900

1,000

MO

Higher Education Consortium Of Metropolitan St. Louis

$1,048,944

7,184

NC

Fayetteville State University

$401,432

1,800

ND

University Of North Dakota

$371,844

1,204

NE

Applied Information Management Institute

$236,900

1,000

PA

Educational Opportunity Centers Of Pennsylvania

$618,819

2,233

PR

Inter American University Of Puerto Rico Arecibo Campus

$521,340

1,950

TX

Project S.T.A.Y. Inc. (Scholarships To Able Youth)

$630,653

2,136

TX

Texas A&M University Kingsville

$236,900

1,000

TX

Texas Southern University

$341,143

1,105

VA

Danville Community College

$236,000

1,000

WI

Board Of Regents Of The University Of Wisconsin System For The University Of WI-Milwaukee

$236,900

1,000

 

Total

$9,479,852

39,581

 

GRAND TOTAL

$48,933,009

196,986