About US

a message from our
Dean / Executive Director

Dr. Elsa-Sofia Morote

Our Mission

The Long Island EOC collaborates with higher education, business, industry, government, and its communities, to create a skilled workforce that remains competitive and vibrant in a global economy. We offer a variety of programs at our three locations that include the following: Allied Health Education, Business Careers and Technology, Adult Basic Education, College Preparation, High School Equivalency (HSE), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and creative design opportunities through our Entrepreneur Technology Center’s Visual Technology Program. In addition, we offer over 32 occupational, academic, and self-development courses at our ATTAIN labs located at Brentwood and Hempstead.

As we begin this academic year, we always look forward to our Graduation/Recognition Ceremony in May, where we honor our students who have achieved their goals through multiple diverse pathways at the Long Island Educational Opportunity Center at Farmingdale State College.

Our History

The statewide network of ten Educational Opportunity Centers (EOCs) and two Outreach and Counseling Centers essentially functions as the 65th campus of the State University of New York. With more than a fifty year history, EOCs have pioneered the way in providing urban communities with innovative academic programs leading to higher education, and vocational training programs leading to gainful employment and economic self-sufficiency.

Educational Opportunity Centers are the State’s adult education model for the 21st Century. Its 600 faculty and staff promote human resource as well as community and economic development.

Specifically, the Educational Opportunity Centers:

Provide an integrated system of education, training and student support services to disadvantaged and adult residents; Offer targeted services to business and industry to upgrade the skill levels of incumbent workers; Collaborate with secondary schools to assist in the academic preparation of youth-at-risk; Provide inter-generational learning programs to strengthen families; and narrow the digital divide in economically challenged communities by placing technology where it is accessible.

Educational Opportunity Centers also assist the State in meeting its Workforce Investment Act mandates. Given their current complement of core and intensive services, they are a significant partner in the required One Stops.

Annually, EOCs enroll about 16,000 students. Approximately 60% receive public assistance and the other 40% are disadvantaged workers. Sixty percent of these students are enrolled in academic programs such as Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, HSE and College Preparation. The remaining 40% are enrolled in demand driven workforce development training programs that result in job placement in entry level, career-track employment in information/visual technology, customer service and allied health.

Expanding this model to other impoverished regions, so they can also contribute to the economic and social fiber of the State, is a primary goal of the EOCs for the 21st Century.

Executive Staff

Elsa-Sofia Morote, EdD

Dean / Executive Director

Derick Bennett

Associate Director of Instructional Technology

Dr. MaryKate Brennan Ph.D

Associate Director of Assessment, Research & Evaluation

Tory T. Hare

Creative Director
Entrepreneur Technology Center Coordinator

Roxann Hristovksy

Assistant Director of
College Readiness

Brentwood Unit Administrator

Alice Kinch

Associate Director of Business Affairs

Darleyne Mayers

Associate Director of Student & Community Engagement

Hempstead Unit Administrator/ATTAIN Lab Coordinator

Charles Miranda

Associate Director of Operation

Farmingdale Unit Administrator/ External Coordinator

Abraham Sabbas

Evening Units Coordinator

Anna Sagredo

Assistant Director of Research and Assesment

Brian Schwirzbin

Assistant Director of
Student Services