TRIO Educational Opportunity Center

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TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federally funded grant program through the US Department of Education.

EOC assists adults ages 19 and above and U.S. veterans to enroll in and complete a post-secondary education program.

All services are provided free of charge to participants who meet the eligibility requirements.

The mission of the Educational Opportunity Centers Program is to provide services for adults desiring to pursue their education beyond high school. The Center’s goal is to increase the number of adults in the surrounding areas enrolling in colleges and universities.

EOC seeks to inform both adults and the larger community about educational opportunities that foster the ability of adults to achieve life changes, enhanced workforce engagement, and effective citizenship in the local, national and global community.

EOC pursues its mission by utilizing a professional staff committed to the idea of educational access for persons who are first-generation and limited income.

We are strongly dedicated to the academic, cultural, economic, and social development of adult learners from diverse backgrounds.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 19 years of age or older
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident status (documentation required)
  • A commitment to succeed in post-secondary education

And meet at least one of the following:

  • Meet federal guidelines to demonstrate financial need
  • A first-generation college student (First Generation College Student – an individual whose parent/guardians did not graduate from a 4-year college or university)
  • A Veteran of any age

Services Provided

  • Assistance in completing applications for college admissions, testing, and financial aid
  • Guidance on secondary school reentry or entry to a GED program
  • Career counseling and workshops
  • Academic advice
  • College pre-admission counseling
  • Specialized assistance for veterans, military-affiliated members
  • Information on postsecondary education opportunities and student financial assistance
  • Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students

Or, you can fill out the  PDF application*.

  1. * Important: First save the PDF to your computer, fill it out and save it again. This will allow you to keep any information you enter into the form.
  2. Instructions: Click this link to the PDF application and after it opens, right-click anywhere on the PDF and click “Save” or “Save As.”

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Brandon Gaddy

Brandon Gaddy
Director, TRIO Programs
(567) 661-7274
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Alissa Hornbeak

Alissa Hornbeak
Assistant Director, TRIO EOC
(567) 661-2621
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Tessa Gawrych

Tessa Gawrych
Project Coordinator, TRIO Programs
(567) 661-7547
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TRIO Educational Opportunity Center
Owens State Community College
30335 Oregon Road
Perrysburg, OH 43551


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