Educational Opportunity Center
Although the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is housed at and administered through Community College of Denver (CCD), it is, in fact, open to the public. We serve a six-county metropolitan area offering the community information on accessing higher education, planning and assisting with the completion of the admissions and financial aid applications, exploring career options, and dissemination of private scholarship sources to low income, first-generation students.
The EOC offers many services to help you succeed, including educational planning and counseling, career exploration counseling, student financial aid advising, financial literacy information, and assistance with scholarship searches. The EOC also offers college preparation workshops throughout the year. In addition to CCD’s location, there are numerous centers throughout our service area that welcome you to stop by or call and make an appointment to meet with an educational access specialist. You can learn more about eligibility requirements and locations here.
Educational Planning & Counseling
With the help of an Educational Access Specialist, you can start the process of achieving your educational goals! Your EOC Educational Access Specialist will assist you in deciding
- whether to obtain a college degree or vocational-technical certificate,
- choosing between public or private educational institutions,
- selecting a college major,
- discussing timelines and deadlines,
- explaining the steps to successful enrollment, and/or
- obtaining your GED or high school diploma.
Career Exploration Counseling
Educational Access Specialists assist you in identifying or redefining career goals. Advising is facilitated on the basis and can cover the following services: career inventories, vocational interests, academic skills, personal values, and individual preferences related to a career choice. Job and earnings outlook information may also be discussed.
Student Financial Aid Advising & Scholarship Search
Our Educational Access Specialists will explain the financial aid process and assist you in completing the appropriate financial aid, scholarship, and loan applications. This includes information on the four student financial aid programs: grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships.
Apply Early!! The FAFSA application is available every October for the following school year. Make an appointment to start the process and use this list to know "What to Bring" to your EOC Appointment (2-page PDF).
The EOC hosts workshops at our various sites across the state, as well as at the Auraria Campus in Denver. At Auraria, we partner with the CCD Resource Center, which also offers student workshops on an on-going basis. Review the Student Success Workshop schedule. Past, workshop topics have covered computer program basics, career advising, financial literacy, scholarship searches, how to pick a major, and more.
EOC services are free and available to individuals who meet the following criteria:
- U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Interested in pursuing a GED, vocational training, certificate program, or four-year college
- Do not yet possess a bachelor’s degree
Find an EOC Office Near You & Schedule an Appointment
The EOC has office sites throughout the community at both institutions of higher education and at other not-for-profit locations. Find an EOC office near you to schedule an appointment. Once scheduled, be sure to print and complete the EOC Intake Form and bring it with you to your appointment. Some of EOC's locations also see participants through internal referrals at a variety of nonprofit partner agencies in our service area.
Front Range Community College - Westminster Campus
3645 W. 112th Avenue | Westminster, CO 80031
Arapahoe Community College
5900 South Santa Fe Blvd | Littleton, CO 80120
Community College of Aurora - Centretech Campus
16000 E. Centretech Pkwy | Aurora, CO 80011
Pickens Technical College
500 Airport Blvd. | Aurora, CO 80011
303.344.4910, ext. 27961
Broomfield Workforce Center
6650 W. 120th Avenue | Broomfield, CO 80020
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Educational Opportunity Center - Main Office
Auraria Campus - Cherry Creek Building
1111 W. Colfax Avenue, Suite 137 | Denver, CO 80204
Community College of Aurora - Lowry Campus
710 Alton Way | Denver, CO 80230
Emily Griffith Opportunity School
1250 Welton Street | Denver, CO 80204
The Educational Opportunity Center is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Title IV, Higher Education Act. The EOC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to its educational programs.