The Educational Opportunity Center is returning to its riverside roots when the facility relocates to 431 River Street, the Hedley Builging, in the winter of 2013-2014. Renovation on the Educational Opportunity Center's new facility at 431 River Street, started in February 2013.
For 30 years, the EOC has been located at 145 Congress St., on the Corner of Congress Street and Sixth Avenue, in the building that once housed the Bumstead Chevrolet dealership.
The EOC opened its doors in 1966 as the Urban Center in the former Naval Reserve Center on the corner of Washington and Front Streets. These riverside facilities housed the center for nearly two decades. In 1973 the institution was renamed the Educational Opportunity Center and in 1984 moved to its current location.
The new location will encompass 50,000 square feet including the second floor of the Hedley building and the entire annex portion of the building, which sits to the south. The EOC space will include six general purpose classrooms, several computer and technology enhanced classrooms, specialty labs for the Center's career based programs in building trades, cosmetology, culinary, nursing assistant, welding and student support space.
A large conference/meeting room will allow the center to hosts events such as job and health fairs that will benefit both the EOC and the surrounding community. A separate entrance through the annex portion of the building will allow the EOC to maintain its individual presence.
Over its 47 year history, the EOC has served 47,000 Capital Region residents and helped those individuals gain self-confidence in their own potential, realize career goals, and obtain self-sufficiency and economic independence.
The new location provides students with the opportunity to be front and central to the exciting development that is happening in this area of Troy. We are looking forward to working closely with the current and future businesses and services that will surround our new location.
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technology enhanced classrooms
six general purpose classrooms
six specialty labs for the career based programs
faculty and staff offices