Over forty years of ongoing service to the Rochester community has earned the REOC the reputation as one of the outstanding Centers in the state (there are 10 such centers in New York state; one in or near almost every major city). Teachers, counselors, support staff, and administrators, with the support of The College at Brockport and the SUNY Center for Academic and Workforce Development, together have worked to give students the opportunity to gain skills needed to continue to college or obtain a career.
The history of REOC’s evolution throughout the years:
- Ford Foundation commissioned study on urban populations related to student dropouts.
- Five urban centers located across New York State .
- New York State Legislature appropriated over $1 million to develop five Cooperative College Centers (CCC)
- Rochester Urban Center (RUC) opened and was administered by Monroe Community College.
- The College at Brockport developed its CCC and named it the Rochester Cooperative College Center (RCCC).
- Merger of urban centers and CCCs took place, creating Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC). The Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC) was created and moved into its old location at 305 Andrews Street in Rochester.
- The Rochester Educational Opportunity Center moved into its new state-of-the-art facility at 161 Chestnut Street in Rochester.
2012 to Present – Remaining true to its original mission, the REOC continuously develops programs to meet the needs of its growing population and the Rochester community.