Educational Opportunity Center opens at new location
The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), a
federally-funded program hosted by Piedmont Community College (PCC), celebrated
its relocation to a new site with a
ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on
Tuesday, April 10. The EOC is now located at 204 W. Barden Street, Roxboro, in
the former Person Counseling Center building. The building is owned by Person
County and has been made available for the EOC through a partnership between
the Person County Commissioners and PCC.
After remarks by EOC staff member Linda
Crisp, EOC Director Carolyn Funderburk, Person County Manager Heidi York, PCC
President Dr. Walter Bartlett, Person County Commissioner Jimmy Clayton, PCC
Vice President Mike Dossett, and PCC Dean, Student Development Lee Proctor, the
group gathered to cut the ribbon on the remodeled facility, followed by tours
of the building and refreshments.
Dr. Barlett praised everyone involved in
making the new location possible, particularly Person County Commissioners who
provided the building. He said PCC Maintenance staff completed the remodeling,
including installing new carpeting and interior doors as well as exterior roof
flashing. EOC joined in the work to clean, paint and decorate, creating a warm
and inviting space to serve local EOC clients. County Manager York joked that
she wasn’t allowed to visit lest she want to “take the building back.”
Clayton, who had an office in the building
when he worked for the Person County Health Department, said it was good to see
an old building get new life and be used for a worthwhile purpose.
Funderburk explained that the EOC serves 11
counties, including Person County and Caswell County, and forms partnerships
with organizations in these counties. The program helps people who desire to
further their education by earning a GED, attending college or a trade school.
The EOC provides workshops and academic materials and assists prospective
students with college admissions and with the submission of the Free Federal
Student Aid Application. All services are offered at no charge to EOC clients.
Funderburk said the EOC will begin a new
program called “Military Monday,” providing services for veterans, persons on
active military duty, their spouses and children. A veterans’ services officer
also will establish office hours at the EOC.
PCC receives $2.9 million through a TRiO
Educational Opportunity Center grant to provide the counseling and information
program in Person County and 10 other area counties. The highly-competitive
grant award was announced last fall and ext through Thursdays, and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays. For more
information on available services, call (336) 599-0257 or (800)682-1159 or go
The local EOC serves individuals in
Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Orange, Person,
Rockingham, Vance and Warren counties.
Pictured from left are Linda Crisp, EOC Outreach
Counselor/Project Coordinator; Dr. Walter Bartlett, PCC President; Heidi York,
Person County Manager; Carolyn Funderburk, EOC Director; Jimmy Clayton, Person
County Commissioners Chairman; Lee Proctor, PCC Dean, Student Development; and
Mike Dossett, PCC Vice President, Instruction and Student Development.