Who We Are...
Over fifty years of ongoing service to the Rochester community has earned the REOC the reputation as one of the outstanding Centers in the state. Teachers, counselors, support staff, and administrators have worked to give students the opportunity to gain skills needed to continue to college or obtain a career. There are ten Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) throughout New York State and all are governed by the University Center for Academic and Workforce Development. In addition, each EOC is sponsored, in part, by their locally connected SUNY or CUNY. Rochester’s sponsoring college is SUNY Brockport.
We strongly believe the only way to know if a school is right for you is to visit the campus. When you visit the REOC campus, an admissions representative will meet with you to address your individual questions and needs. We will review program requirements, enrollment procedures, class scheduling and other topics.
- TUITION-FREE* LEARNING
You want to continue your education, but you can't afford to and you don't know where to start. REOC offers tuition-free* classes so you can start your future without incurring the costs of college.
- COLLEGE PLACEMENT
SUNY Educational Outreach assists both REOC and non-REOC college-bound students. The staff provides information and assistance with college admission procedures, financial aid programs, college survival skills and college preparedness.
- WORKFORCE PREPARATION
Each student is required to participate in a computer-adaptive employment skills software applications program (ATTAIN lab). Included in this program are appropriate attitude, timeliness, communication, responsibility, appearance, personal planning for emergencies, budgeting, stress management and teamwork. Individual programs may include program-specific computer enhancements to individual curriculum.
Each student has an assigned Program Counselor, whose job it is to ensure student success both personally and professionally. Program Counselors provide academic advisement as well as assist in referrals and managing day-to-day problems.
- PERSONAL GOALS
At REOC you're not just a number. We care about our students and give our attention to your personal goals. Our instructors have real-world experience. We don't just hire any instructor. We recruit qualified professionals with industry-specific expertise. So you get the benefit of real-world knowledge and gain the kind of practical insights that can't be learned from a textbook.
- CAREER SERVICES
The Career Services Office assists in the employment search. In addition to offering workshops on resumé writing, interview skills, and job search techniques, the staff performs a skills assessment to match you with suitable job openings. Career Services personnel, along with others at the Center, develop relationships with local businesses to help connect REOC graduates with employment opportunities.
- REOC CERTIFICATES
Upon successful completion of a program, graduates receive a certificate endorsed by the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center and its sponsor, SUNY Brockport.
- FINANCING YOUR INDEPENDENCE (FYI)
Many programs at REOC incorporate the FYI Program directly into the program instruction. This instructional program guides students through Basic Banking, Credit Report, Budgeting, Credit Management, Savings & Investing. Offered to community groups as a free service.
Mission & Vision
The SUNY EOCs are a system of educational enterprises that serve eligible adult learners.
As part of this system, the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center will deliver comprehensive, community-based academic and workforce development programs and provide support services leading to enhanced employment opportunities, access to further education, personal growth and development.
To maintain a high-quality learning environment, REOC will focus on teaching excellence, student learning, career development and technological initiatives. REOC will prepare students to demonstrate competency in the following:
- Computer Literacy and Information Resources
- Critical Thinking
- Oral Communication
Our focus is to serve with compassion, dignity and respect.
We pursue EXCELLENCE and quality in education and training through collaboration, continuous improvement, student and customer satisfaction and innovation.
We conduct our work with INTEGRITY, honesty, and fairness and meet the highest ethical and professional standards.
We accept RESPONSIBILITY for using our resources in a prudent and efficient manner.