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Educational Opportunity Center Returns to its Riverside Roots; Relocates to Hedley Building

CONTACT: Katie Bradley (518) 273-1900 ex 2219,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, March 7, 2013

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) will return to its riverside roots when the facility relocates to 431 River Street, the Hedley Building, in winter 2013-2014.

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, at 145 Congress Street, on the corner of Congress Street and 6th Avenue, in the building that once housed the Bumstead Chevrolet dealership.

"The facility has served the EOC well during the past 29 years," said Lucille Marion, Vice President/Executive Director of the EOC said, "however, the new building will be designed to meet our needs for providing workforce training in the 21st Century."

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.

“We are looking forward to being a part of the development taking place near the downtown waterfront district,” Marion said, “our 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.”

Funding for the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center is provided by SUNY through the University Center for Workforce and Academic Development (UCAWD). Administration of the EOC is managed by Hudson Valley Community College under a contract with SUNY.

The Capital District EOC is one of ten EOCs, two career counseling and outreach centers and more than 30 Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN) labs across New York State funded by SUNY under UCAWD.

Taken together, these programs provide a broad range of services for academically and economically disadvantaged New Yorkers, providing pathways to post-secondary education and gainful employment, and fostering local economic development. The EOCs provide tuition free programs for those who meet residency, academic and economic criteria. The Capital District EOC serves approximately 1,000 students annually.

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