EOC Overview

Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) is a federally funded program by the U.S. Department of Education for participants at no cost.

The Academic Institute of Central Carolina’s EOC provides academic support and career advisement to first generation adults wanting to pursue or reenter a GED program, Adult High School Equivalency, or college programs. EOC is funded to serve the communities of Mecklenburg, Gaston, and Union counties. The major goal of EOC is to make a positive impact in communities by helping adults become employable through education.

Areas Served

Academic services

  • Referral to adult education centers for GED/HSEC Assistance
  • Workshops on study skills, college survival, financial literacy, ACT and SAT preparation
  • Career assessments to match interests, and abilities
  • Information regarding job markets and career projections
  • Assistance to identify college, vocational-technical, career specific program
  • Assistance to complete admissions applications and enrollment forms
  • Information regarding scholarships, grants, and assistance to complete federal financial aid forms (FASFA)
  • Provide assistance with information on resolving loan debt and defaulted loans

Eligibility Requirements

First Generation college students (neither parent earned a four year degree);

  • Meet federal income guidelines;
  • Individuals wanting to enroll in colleges, universities, and technical or vocational schools;
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, 16 years of age and older who:
  1. Wants to complete high school/ or obtain a GED;
  2. High school graduates wanting to enroll in college;
  3. Individuals wanting to return to college;
  4. Displaced, underemployed, or unemployed workers;
  5. Employed, but want to pursue a career path that requires higher education.
If you are receiving: Food Stamps, Unemployment benefits, Public Housing, Medicaid. You are eligible!
Application and Forms

Online Forms

Our Newsletters

Frequently Asked Questions

A: No. EOC is a federally funded program funded by the U.S.
Department of Education. As a result, EOC services are free.

A: No. EOC assists participants to apply for financial aid and identify alternative sources of funding to attend college and training programs.

A: Yes. EOC staff can and will gladly assist with completing and submitting the FAFSA on-line. Filling out the FAFSA may seem confusing at first; however, staff provides assistance step by step! Remember, as with all EOC services, this one is FREE too!

Yes. EOC counselors interact directly with adult education centers to help program participants obtain their GED. Participants must plan to enter a degree-seeking program.

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Academic Institute of Central Carolina(AICC) is a non-profit agency founded in 2011 that provides academic support to residents in three counties. The agency is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is currently funded by the United States Department of Education and has three TRIO programs. The three TRIO programs currently funded are Educational Talent Search (ETS), Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) and Upward Bound (UB).
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