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Capital District Educational Opportunity Center Graduate Honored At Scholarship Reception

CONTACT: Katie Bradley (518) 273-1900 Ext. 2219
FOR RELEASE: September 19, 2012

Who: Capital District Educational Opportunity Center
What: Scholarship Recipient Reception
When: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. 10 - 11 a.m.
Where: Capital District EOC
30 N. Russell Road
Albany, NY 12266

EOC graduate Mfon Bassey will receive a $500 scholarship from the New York State Black, Latino and Asian Legislative Caucus. Bassey, originally from Nigeria, came to the United States in 2009. She completed EOC’s Nursing Assistant program in January 2011 and was hired by St. Peter’s Healthcare partners.

With the assistance of EOC’s College Connections department, Bassey applied to Hudson Valley Community College. The College Connections department then encouraged Bassey to apply for scholarships, including the inaugural New York State Black, Latino and Asian Legislative Caucus award, which was provided with the assistance from Syracuse Assemblyman Sam Roberts.

“The scholarship was for someone who showed initiative, but who didn’t go the regular route, they had struggled in life, but were determined to do well,” explained Honorable Carolyn McLaughlin, President of the Albany Common Council. McLaughlin will present the award to Bassey during the September 25 awards reception.

Selection criteria for the scholarship included the completion of some college work, with plans to continue, merit, character and academics.

“The EOC is a place where you can’t go wrong,” Bassey said, “I have seen people helped in class and with other services.”

The Capital District Educational Opportunity Center, a division of Hudson Valley Community College, provides vocational training, academic preparation programs and job placement services to the Capital District and a seven-county area of New York. Through education, intensive casework and comprehensive employment services, eligible New York residents who are 16 years old and older are offered specific skills to gain employment, to succeed on the job, and to encourage ongoing personal and professional development.