The Educational Opportunity Center is active in the fulfillment of Creighton University’s mission through the Center’s commitment to excellence in regard to servicing others, believing in the importance of family life, and recognizing the inalienable worth of each individual.
The Educational Opportunity Center embodies the mission of Creighton University by serving members of the community, being a center of learning, and valuing the ethnic and cultural diversity of the university campus and the city of Omaha.
The Educational Opportunity Center is dedicated to offering services that will help our participants navigate their future. We understand the significance of education and know by helping each participant achieve their goals; we are positively affecting our community, city, and region.
The Educational Opportunity Center(EOC) is one of the five federally grant funded TRIO programs at Creighton University under the Department of Education.
Creighton’s EOC program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education.
The program also provides services to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants. An important objective of the program is to counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, and to assist in the application process.
The TRIO programs were the first national college access and retention programs to address the serious social and cultural barriers to education in America.
TRIO began as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. The Educational Opportunity Act of 1964 established an experimental program known as Upward Bound. Then, in 1965, the Higher Education Act created Talent Search. Finally, another program, Special Services for Disadvantaged Students (later known as Student Support Services), was launched in 1968.
Together, this “trio” of federally-funded programs encouraged access to higher education for low-income students. By 1998, the TRIO programs had become a vital pipeline to opportunity, serving traditional students, displaced workers, and veterans. The original three programs had grown to eight, adding Educational Opportunity Centers in 1972, Training Program for Federal TRIO programs in 1976, the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program in 1986, Upward Bound Math/Science in 1990, and the TRIO Dissemination Partnership in 1998.