Educational Opportunity Center

The Kansas City Educational Opportunity Center is one of only four EOCs in Missouri and has served area residents since 1979. The program operates on a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education administered by Metropolitan Community College.

TRIO history

"The history of TRIO is progressive. It emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty. Over the years, the TRIO Programs have been expanded and improved to provide a wide range of services and to reach more students who need assistance." Learn more about the history of TRIO and the programs.


Currently, the program is funded to assist nearly 2,500 individuals annually, two-thirds of whom are low-income, first-generation college students. The primary purpose of EOC is to increase the number of adults enrolling in postsecondary education programs, and accomplished by offering the following free services: