Kilgore College will receive $1.16 million to help displaced, underemployed adults continue path to higher education

 The U.S. Department of Education announced that Kilgore College will receive a federal Educational Opportunities Center (EOC) grant of $1,160,250 to help unemployed workers, low-wage workers and returning high school and college students enter or continue a program of postsecondary education.

This is the first Educational Opportunity Center grant awarded to KC and it will assist 850 adult learners per year in Gregg, Rusk, Upshur and Harrison counties to find their path to higher education.

EOC provides counseling and information on college admissions and services to improve participants’ financial and economic literacy.

KC currently has two additional TRIO Programs, Student Support Services and Upward Bound.  The Student Support Services program, originally awarded in 2001, serves 160 enrolled college students per year.

The Student Support Services program was awarded $1,371,980 in September 2020 to be dispersed over a five-year span. The Upward Bound program, which was originally awarded a five-year, $1,287,500 grant in 2007, serves 50 area high school students per year.

“With financial hardships discouraging students from succeeding in college, TRIO programs like EOC take on new importance because they continue to help guide un- and underemployed workers and returning high school and college students toward earning a degree,” said Maureen Hoyler, president of the non-profit Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) in Washington, D.C.

“COE is dedicated to furthering the expansion of college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities nationwide.”

For more information, please call Bindy Tice, director of TRIO student support services, at (903) 988-7590.

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