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Big Bend receives $1.16 million EOC grant

by Staff report
| September 8, 2022 3:47 PM

MOSES LAKE — Big Bend Community College will make use of a $1.16 million grant to open a TRIO Educational Opportunity Center, according to a press release from the college.

Funds from the EOC grant will pay for outreach personnel in communities within the BBCC service district to provide counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of post-secondary education, according to the release. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Education.

EOC staff will provide hands-on support in completing college admissions and financial aid applications and placement testing as well as provide first quarter advising and other academic and career counseling. Staff will also work with community-based organizations such as WorkSource, the state Department of Social and Health Services, Opportunities Industrialization Center of Washington and others that also support educational training opportunities, the release said.

The EOC is the fourth federal TRIO program at BBCC, joining the TRIO Upward Bound, TRIO Student Support Services, and TRIO Student Support Services STEM.