About the Bronx EOC
The Bronx Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is one of 12 EOCs in New York State. The EOCs are programs of the State University of New York, managed by local state or city university units. The Bronx EOC is administered by Bronx Community College of The City University of New York. Since 1987, The Bronx EOC has served economically disadvantaged adults who need additional education or training for college admissions and/or entry into productive careers.
Each year, more than 1,000 students enroll in tuition-free programs offered by the Bronx EOC, which fall into these general areas:
- Occupational/Technical Preparation
- College Preparation and GED
- Microsoft Certifications
The Bronx EOC facility is a modern 43,000-square-foot building tailored to its instructional needs. It is located in the Bathgate Industrial Park, built and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The Bronx EOC is an educational institution of the State University of New York, established to educate and train economically and educationally disadvantaged youth and adults in the Bronx communities. The Center offers continuing, remedial and vocational education in a lifelong learning process, in order to develop a skilled work force for the future. Students receive intensive training in technical and interpersonal skills necessary to compete in today's job market. In and through its educational activities, the Center is also a force and a catalyst for community revitalization and personal development.
Our Student Population
The student population at the Bronx EOC is 100% economically disadvantaged. A more in-depth analysis of our student population reveals that:
- 50% did not complete high school
- 30% are TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients
- 40% unemployed
- 70% women, of whom a significant number are single mothers
- 45% Hispanic
- 46% African-American
In 2010-2011, the Bronx EOC helped more than 4,500 students and community residents through its services and programs. Annually, about 250 graduates and community residents are placed in jobs.