GRCC will use the grant to create a TRIO Educational
Opportunities Center, where unemployed or low-wage workers
and other adult students can work with campus specialists to
connect with counseling and receive information on admissions
and support services.
programs offer academic and personal counseling, tutoring and
mentoring, career workshops, student financial assistance and
help with completing the college admission process.
The centers support a range of adult learners, including those
with limited proficiency in English, those with disabilities,
those facing housing insecurity, people aging out of the foster
care system, and other members of groups that are traditionally
underrepresented in postsecondary education. The TRIO program
also supports students who are low-income or are potential
first-generation college students.
“A community thrives when all of its members have access to
higher education,” GRCC President Bill Pink said. “We
appreciate this support from the U.S. Education Department to
help GRCC connect residents with services that can help them be
successful on their educational pathway.”
Educational Opportunities Centers, launched in 1972, are part of
a set of federal programs known as TRIO, which is authorized by
the Higher Education Act to help low-income, first-generation
students and those with disabilities succeed in higher
During the 2020-2021 fiscal year, 139 Educational Opportunity
Centers served more than 192,000 adult learners.
“As systemic inequality and financial hardship discourage
students from succeeding in college, TRIO programs like EOC take
on new importance because they continue to help guide unemployed
and underemployed workers and returning high school and college
students toward earning a degree,” said Maureen Hoyler,
president of the nonprofit Council for Opportunity in Education
in Washington, D.C.