Community organizations trying to help Maui County residents reach their higher education goals shouldn't miss the Educational Opportunity Center's Kick-Off Celebration Thursday. Dec. 1, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the University of Hawai'i Maui College campus. Organizations will learn about the free support services the Educational Opportunity Center provides residents of Maui County, and how they can help traditionally underserved populations such as those facing economic barriers, educational challenges, or military personnel earn a college degree. Recently the Educational Opportunity Center was refunded with a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the next five years.
The celebration is also an opportunity for community organizations to discuss new developments in their own programs, explore community needs, network with other service providers, and hear from students who have benefited from the Educational Opportunity Center.
The Educational Opportunity Center has served students on Maui since 1977 and has helped over 40,000 Maui County residents enter college. Its goal is to increase the number of Maui County residents who enroll in college, and offers a broad range of support services including assistance completing college applications nationwide, help applying for financial aid, career and college exploration, and support navigating college entrance requirements. These comprehensive services are available to Maui County adults or college-ready high school students, especially those who face financial or educational barriers to enrolling in college.
Community organizations interested in attending should RSVP for the room location at (808) 984-3286.