Support services and individualized instruction are provided so adults
can adapt more easily to their return to school and/or transition to the
Students are offered career assessment, employability skills and employment
service. The Employment
Services Center, initially funded by the New York State Education
Department's Perkin's III allocation, has a staff of employment specialists,
to help individuals seek and obtain
jobs through resume preparation and cover letter assistance, computer
and internet access, research assistance, job development and placement
activities, and other job hunting aids. Counseling
Services help students overcome personal barriers to academic and
vocational success. Job readiness training is also available.
College Connections is designed to increase awareness of college opportunities for all EOC students and to highlight the benefits of a college degree.
College Connections helps individuals:
- explore college options through college fairs, workshops, and field trips;
- take tours of college campuses;
- select a college and program of study that will fit their needs;
- complete the college application process;
- attend college readiness workshops to earn a College Readiness Certificate; and
- explore scholarship and financial aid opportunities.
If you would like to go to college but don’t know where to start,
College Connections can help!
For further information, call (518) 273-1900 ext. 2770.
Location: Troy EOC, Room 201 or Albany EOC, Room 302
Phone: (518) 273-1900 ext. 2770
The Employment Services staff is interested in your long-term employment
success. Please feel free to stop in and visit the Employment Services Center
and/or schedule a time to meet with
one of our Employment Specialists. We look forward to meeting and assisting you in getting
and keeping the job that is right for you!
- Employment Services Centers
The EOC's Employment Services Center, funded by the New York State
Education Department's Perkins III allocation, provides a wide variety
of resources and services to assist you in your job search and employment
success. Services include: state-of-the-art computer equipment; employer
job listings and referrals; internet access; career reference materials;
facsimile and copy machines to use for your job search, and more. The center is
open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. Call (518) 273-1900,
extension 2270 for up-to-date information. All visitors must sign in
with our receptionist.
- Career Counseling
One-on-one counseling regarding present skills and training available
to develop an attainable career path for long-term success is available.
Referral service for employment incentives also is provided.
- Career and Personal Development Training
We provide group training and/or individualized counseling with regard
to job readiness and preparation, barriers to employment (felony convictions,
transportation, child care, disabilities), interviewing skills and preparation,
personal presentation skills, job search strategies, job retention,
health related issues affecting employment, problem-solving, professionalism
in the workplace and more.
- Resume Profile Development
An assessment of your employment and training experiences will be discussed
in order to develop a concise, professional, and marketable resume to
give you the edge in today's job market. Cover letter assistance may
also be provided.
- Portfolio Development
We assist in the compilation of your resume, business references,
recommendation letters, awards and certificates, and other materials
that will be helpful in obtaining employment and reaching your career
- Employment Opportunities - Job Opportunities Center Bulletin Board
Job opportunities are posted outside the Employment Services Centers
and updated frequently. Daily newspapers and internet access to job
postings to those seeking employment.
- Re-Employment Opportunities
Our job network is available to all current and former students as well
as graduates to help them maintain continuous employment. If you become
unemployed, please free to contact one of our employment specialists
for assistance and/or utilize the Employment Centers and Job Opportunity
Center bulletin board.
- Internships to gain work experience for the new career training
In an effort to instill work habits that will improve job retention
and enhance long-term employability, responsibility and self-esteem,
actively enrolled students have the opportunity to participate in an
internship program. Interested students must achieve a required skill
level and possess a satisfactory performance in their training program
before being placed in internships. In some cases, internships are paid;
however, in most situations the internship experience is unpaid.
The EOC's Counselors work diligently to give each student the greatest
chance at achieving success throughout their enrollment. Returning to
school brings stressful and uncomfortable feelings to most adults. Counselors
try to insure that students gain the academic, social, and emotional support
needed to successfully complete their program of choice. EOC's Counseling
Services include the following:
- Assessment of Student Interests and Abilities
- Personal Counseling and Problem Solving
- Day to Day Support - to assist in successful program completion
- Community Agency Referral
- Assistance with High School Equivalency (HSE) Applications
- Assistance with College Applications, Financial Aid
- General College Information
Questions About Counseling Services
What is Counseling?
Counseling is working on personal growth, on problem solving and on decision
making. It is an opportunity to benefit from working on issues with an
experienced, professional helper. The counseling relationship is one that
is non-judgmental, objective, understanding, confidential and focused
on the individual's concerns.
What can I talk about in Counseling?
Some concerns often brought to counselors are: developing self-confidence;
managing stress; making life, career, and educational decisions; discussing
barriers to succeeding in your program; problems in personal and family
relationships; referral for other professional services; issues regarding
alcohol and other drug abuse; violence in relationships; harassment and
financial survival while returning to school. Students should feel comfortable
bringing to the attention of the counselor any subject that may be affecting
their attendance or performance at the EOC. For those areas that may fall
outside a counselor's expertise, referrals are made to other organizations
and providers that can best help the student.
Where can I find my Counselor?
Each counselor has a private office where you may confidentially discuss
issues and concerns. Counselors also visit classrooms regularly and confer
with faculty regarding attendance issues and behavioral adjustments of
When is Counseling available?
Counseling is available Monday through Friday during the day between 8
a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the EOC's facilities in Albany and Troy. It is best
if an appointment is made with the Counselor to insure that you will have
sufficient time to talk. Counselors are available before, after and in-between
classes to make appointments.
Is Counseling Confidential?
Counseling sessions and their content are confidential, consistent with
the legal obligations of the Counselor and regulatory requirements. When
there is a clear and imminent danger to the individual or others, the
Counselor will take reasonable action and or inform the authorities, as
required by law. Consultation with other Counselors or the Student Services
Coordinator may occur to insure the best possible service by the Counselor.
These conversations are professional in nature and therefore also confidential.