Educational Opportunity Centers

Welcome to Kirkwood’s Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), where you can achieve your academic goals and take your education and career to the next level.

The goal of the EOC program is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education institutions. To do this, the EOC program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. The program also provides services to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants. An important objective of the program is to counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, and to assist in the application process. 

This free program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Federal TRIO Programs.


EOC Program Application

Questions? Please contact our office at or call 319-784-1717.

An individual is eligible to participate in the Educational Opportunity Center project if they meet all of the following requirements:

  • A citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • At least 19 years of age or a high school senior not served by Talent Search
  • A first-generation student (neither parent completed a four-year degree)
  • Lower income (based on federal guidelines)
  • Does not have their Bachelor’s Degree
  • Lives in one of the following counties: Johnson, Jones or Linn

What are the program's services?

  • Academic advice and assistance in institution, program, and course selection
  • Assistance in completing college admission and financial aid applications
  • Assistance in identifying and applying for scholarships
  • Advice on secondary school reentry or General Education Development (GED) Program of HiSet
  • Orientation to postsecondary student uses of information technology
  • Assistance in exploring and making career choices
  • Assistance in resolving student loan default
  • Individual counseling and information sessions at our offices in Linn, Johnson and Jones counties
  • Group counseling and information sessions
  • Workshops on college financial aid, career direction and financial literacy
  • College tours
  • Individual counseling to help discover occupational and educational interests

Contact Us

Scott Gay
Director, TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers
Phone: 319-398-5684



Cedar Rapids Campus
114 Benton Hall
6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404