TRIO Educational Opportunity Center

TRIO Educational Opportunity Center

Four students studying around a table in the Coleman Center

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a program that helps adults further their education. Whether that means exploring options for Adult Basic Education or High School Equivalency programs or enrolling in college, university or vocational school. The program offers assistance free of charge to economically disadvantaged adults who live in Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio Counties. In order to take advantage of the services, you have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.

As an EOC participant, you will meet with an Educational Advisor who will work with you to create goals and an educational roadmap to reach those goals. For example, if you want to attend college, your Educational Advisor will help you navigate the admissions and financial aid process so that you can enroll in the college of your choice. The Educational Advisor will talk with you about your skills, interests and career plans and help create the roadmap to your success. Visit Services to learn more.

The Educational Opportunity Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is sponsored locally by Del Mar College (DMC). The EOC is part of a group of programs known under the umbrella of “TRIO” programs. TRIO (coined for the first three programs started in 1972) includes Upward Bound, Talent Search and Student Support Services. All of these programs give priority to low-income, first-generation individuals who want to improve their level of education.

  • Apply

    TRIO EOC is now accepting new applicants, click on the link below to apply. If you have any questions, please contact our office at (361) 698-1262. 

    TRIO EOC Application 2023-2024

  • Eligibility

    • Are looking to complete their high school equivalency or GED
    • Have never attended, or previously attended but stopped out of, a postsecondary education or training program
    • Have a desire to enroll in a postsecondary program, whether it is a certificate, career training, associate, or bachelor degree program
    • Have limited financial resources
    • Are first generation college students (those whose parents did not graduate from a 4-year university)
  • Free Services

    • Help in completing applications for college admissions, testing, and financial aid
    • Guidance on secondary school re-entry or entry to a GED program
    • Career counseling and workshops
    • Academic advice
    • College pre-admission counseling
    • Information on postsecondary education opportunities and student financial assistance
    • Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students
  • Requirements

    • Be a resident of either Nueces, Refugio or San Patricio County
    • Have not already graduated with a bachelor’s degree
    • Must be a US citizen, permanent resident, or show intent to become a permanent resident of the United States
    • Are 19 years and older (exceptions can be made for high school seniors who do not have a TRIO program at their school, or youth who have stopped out of high school)

Page last updated April 29, 2024.

Weekly Schedule

Monday & Wednesday
Student Enrollment Lab
Harvin Center, Room 140
DMC Heritage Campus

Student Enrollment Lab
Main Building, Room 133
Oso Creek Campus

Coastal Compass
La Palmera Mall, Suite 1572

Wednesday (Every 2nd Wednesday of the month)
Elevate 361

Tuesday & Thursday
Student Enrollment Lab
Harvin Center, Room 140
DMC Heritage Campus

To set up an appointment:


Cheryl G. Sanders
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Chasity Munoz
Director, TRIO- EOC

Zenetta Whiting
Academic Advisor/Tutor Coordinator

Sheryl Villere
Academic Advisor/Career Coordinator

Gabriella Chavera
Outreach Aide

Nancy Driscoll
Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

TRIO- Educational Opportunity Center 
4101 Old Brownsville Rd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78405
(361) 698-1262

Monday-Thursday 7:30am-5pm
Friday 7:30am-12:30pm