TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

About the TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC):

Kilgore College’s TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a one-stop shop resource center that provides FREE services to high school graduates, college students needing financial aid assistance or adults planning to enroll in college or vocational school.

EOC ONLINE APPLICATION

The EOC staff will provide students with assistance in the following areas:

  • Applying to College/Vocational School
  • Applying for College Application Fee Waivers
  • Completing the Financial Aid Applications (FAFSA)
  • Assisting with Scholarship Searches
  • Assisting with enrolling and taking College Placement Exams
  • Understanding and correcting Student Loan Default
  • Assistance or Referrals with applying for Adult Education (GED)

TRIO EOC mission statement & who we serve:

TRIO EOC assists clients in Gregg, Harrison, Rusk and Upshur counties with the processes necessary to gain access to post-secondary education.


TRIO EOC objectives:

The Educational Opportunity Center at Kilgore College will provide the following  services to  the residents of the Upper East Texas  Region. 

  • Completion of College Applications
  • Financial Aid Applications (FAFSA) and FA Verification 
  • Financial Literacy ( Budgeting, Scholarships, Loan Processes and Repayment, FA Maintenance)
  • Entrance or re-entrance into GED Programs  
  • Tutoring services
  • Career and Academic counseling individualized or via workshops
  • Individual Education Planning
  • Workshops on study skills, time management, and test taking
  • Resume writing instruction 
  • Assist with search for test and application fee waivers
  • Invitation to attend college campus tours
  • Invitation to attend educational and/or cultural trips

EOC Locations at KC:

Kilgore College - Kilgore campus
Student Support Services Building, Room 111
Fax: (903) 983-8267
Email: EOC@kilgore.edu

Kilgore College - Longview campus
Longview North - Room 205F
Office: (903) 236-2026
Fax: (903) 983-8267
Email: EOC@kilgore.edu


EOC Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.


The TRIO EOC program began on Sept. 1, 2021 with funding for five years provided by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. Fiscal year funding for 2021-22 is $232,050.

EOC

Criteria & How to apply for TRIO EOC Services

Students who apply for Kilgore College TRIO EOC services must be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident under the following guidelines:

  • US Citizen
  • US National (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain's Island)
  • Permanent Resident (U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551C)
  • Eligible Non-Citizen (Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service)
  • Not eligible to be served are holders of student visas (F1, F2, J1, and J-2 Visas)

Each applicant must fall under one or more of three primary eligibility criteria:

1. First-Generation Criteria - Applying as a "first-generation” for the EOC program means:

  • Neither your natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate four degree.

2. Low-Income Criteria - Applying as “low-income" for the EOC program means:

  • Student falls within the 150% low income guidelines (EOC staff can help determine low-income eligibility).

3. Student Status:

  • Adults over the age of 19 who do not have a secondary school diploma or its equivalent
  • Adults over the age of 19 who graduated from secondary school and are not already enrolled in a postsecondary education program
  • High school graduates who have not yet enrolled in a college, university or vocational school
  • Currently enrolled college students who need financial aid assistance

Students who apply for Kilgore College TRIO EOC services must be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident under the following guidelines:

  • US Citizen
  • US National (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain's Island)
  • Permanent Resident (U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551C)
  • Eligible Non-Citizen (Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service)
  • Not eligible to be served are holders of student visas (F1, F2, J1, and J-2 Visas)

For more information about Kilgore College’s EOC Program please contact Rosa Hopkins at (903) 236-2026 or email her.

How to Schedule an Appointment with the EOC

Scheduling appointments:

  • In-person appointments are available at both Longview and Kilgore campuses.*
  • Virtual Zoom appointments are also available by request.

*(Those choosing in-person appointments should follow COVID guidelines by wearing a mask, sanitizing hands, and practicing social distancing when possible.)


EOC Locations at KC:

Kilgore College - Kilgore campus
Student Support Services Building, Room 111
Fax: (903) 983-8267
Email: EOC@kilgore.edu

Kilgore College - Longview campus
Longview North - Room 205F
Office: (903) 236-2026
Fax: (903) 983-8267
Email: OC@kilgore.edu

EOC Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

 

For information about EOC:

Rosa Hopkins
Coordinator, Educational Opportunity Center
Phone:
(903) 236-2026
Office:
Longview North Building (LVNTH) 205-F
Bindy Tice
Director, TRIO Fast Track Program
Title IX Coordinator
Phone:
(903) 988-7590
Office:
Student Support Building (SSUPP), 124
Mandy Key
Advisor, Educational Opportunity Center
Phone:
(903) 236-2023
Office:
Longview North Building (LVNTH) 205-E
Maria Ramirez
Advisor, Educational Opportunity Center
Phone:
(903) 983-8615
Office:
Student Support Building (SSUPP), 111