We are passionate about the work we do for YOU. We believe that education is fundamental to improving the quality of the lives of our participants. We know that education empowers and we believe it can transform your life and make a difference. The benefits for you are many over your lifetime as it affords economic and financial mobility and will increase your earning potential and job satisfaction.
Elana’s Milestone Achievement
Elana, a married mother in her 20s with 4 children, became an EOC participant while enrolled in a GED program. Elana wanted to complete her GED and pursue a college degree but did not always have the full support from her family. They felt she needed to stay home and watch her children, or find a job. Jan, her EOC advisor, encouraged Elana to pursue her dream of a college degree. Together they developed a career and academic plan. After completing her GED, Elana set her sights on enrolling at Front Range Community College with the goal of transferring to Colorado State University. She received assistance with the college admission and financial aid process and was connected to the right resources so that she could be a successful college student. It was not an easy path. Elana faced a number of challenges along the way. While enrolled, she had another child, became a care-giver to her father-in-law, and was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. Elana had many personal and medical struggles, yet she remained focused and determined.
Elana graduated from CSU with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and is fully employed. In her own words, “I am a product of the Educational Opportunity Center and I know I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for the guidance and mentoring of my EOC counselor.”
Elana’s story shows how education can empower and change lives. It can make all the difference. It is why we do what we do at the EOC.