Educational Opportunity Center
The opportunity to pursue higher education seems far-fetched to some who have encountered stumbling blocks.
PENN's federally funded Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a place where residents of West Philadelphia, Southwest Philadelphia, and parts of South Philly especially those from low-income families, can begin to realize their dreams for a brighter future.
EOC serves 1,000 participants each year, age 19 or older. Our primary goal is to inspire participants by reminding them they can achieve their educational goals regardless of their age, family situation or curretn educaitonal status. EOC's one-on-one counseling and motivational seminars coach participants in vital areas such as how to finance higher education, understand the college admissions process, and improve academic skills. In addition, EOC explores more topics that promote the academic and personal development critical in preparation for and entry into higher education institutions.