A message from our
Interim EXECUTIVE Director …
Hello, and welcome to the Long Island Educational Opportunity Center. We have been helping students achieve their educational and vocational goals for over 50 years. Under the oversight of SUNY, the LIEOC is the place where you can achieve your goals academically or in the workforce and our classes are all tuition free. As you embark on your journey please remember that quality education has the power to change lives and improve quality of life. Let us help you achieve your goal!
As you progress through your classes, please remember we are here to assist you, whether it be classwork, a problem trying to get a class, or a problem outside of school … we are here.
I wish you success and thank you for choosing the Long Island Educational Opportunity Center. We look forward to working with each and every one of you.
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 two 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 lab located in Brentwood.
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.
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.