SUNY Bronx EOC Vaccine Mandate

Bronx EOC Vaccine

As per SUNY and CUNY guidelines, all on-site students must be fully vaccinated in order to attend training programs this fall. The training programs that require full vaccinations are:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Home Health Aide
  • Security
  • Direct Support Professional
  • Master Barber
  • VAPL

Per New York State guidance, and pending approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, SUNY will require all in-person students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus this fall.

For more information on SUNY's vaccination policy, click Here

SUNY For All

SUNY For All

Chancellor Malatras Launches SUNY’s Free Online Training Center to Give New Yorkers in Every Region of the State a Gateway to College with High School Equivalency, College Prep, and Employment Certification Programs.

Part of Chancellor Malatras’ New SUNY FOR ALL Campaign to Expand Access to Higher Education, the Center Prepares Eligible Students for College and Post-COVID Careers with Training and Success Coaches to Guide Them.

Students Completing Online Training Programs with a High School Diploma or Equivalency are Automatically Accepted to SUNY’s 30 Community Colleges or SUNY Empire State College; Application Fees are Waived.

New SUNY FOR ALL Campaign Kick Off Video Online at Here.

For Immediate Release: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020

Contact: Holly Liapis;; 518-320-1311

Albany, NY–State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras today launched SUNY’s free Online Training Center to give more New Yorkers a gateway to college—no matter where they live across the state—with high school equivalency, college prep, and employment certification programs. As phase one of Chancellor Malatras’ new SUNY FOR All campaign to expand access to a higher education, the center will prepare eligible students for college and post-COVID careers with training and success coaches to guide them. Starting today, eligible students may contact SUNY about the spring semester, which starts February 1, 2021.

SUNY’s Online Training Center will give more New Yorkers in every region of the state—from rural communities to urban centers— another opportunity to go to college. Students who complete any one of the Online Training Center certificates with a high school diploma or high school equivalency credential will be automatically accepted to any of SUNY’s 30 community colleges or SUNY Empire State College. The application fee is also waived.

Even before the pandemic, it was projected that 65 percent of jobs in the U.S. would require post-secondary education through 2020, and recent projections show that increasing to 70 percent by 2027. Currently, more than 2.2 million New Yorkers between the ages of 25 to 44 have no degree, and 2.6 million between the ages of 45-64 are without one.

“As New York State rebounds after the coronavirus pandemic, SUNY is providing opportunities to help more New Yorkers prepare for jobs across our state that will continue to require some post-secondary education—and we know far too many need a college degree to succeed,” said Chancellor Malatras. “SUNY is designing a path to higher education that is free and accessible through remote learning and virtual support that make the first step to higher education easy, whether you are a recent high school graduate, a working parent, a veteran, or a mid-career professional looking for a new career. SUNY FOR ALL will bring together some of our greatest strengths across SUNY with excellent faculty, a simple platform, and people who know the obstacles to an education and can help more New Yorkers navigate around those barriers. After completing our free online training program, participants will learn a new career-boosting skill or be ready to move onto an associate or bachelor's degree. We look forward to building on this program to help hardworking New Yorkers get back on their feet in the wake of this pandemic and beyond. My thanks to the leadership and faculty at our Educational Opportunity Centers, ATTAIN Labs, and our community colleges, SUNY Empire and Buffalo State College for their collaboration on the SUNY Online Training Center, our first step.”

SUNY’s free Online Training Center includes the following programs:

    College Preparation Certification
  • High School Equivalency
  • College Preparation
  • English As a Second Language
    Allied Health Certification
  • Professional Medical Coder & Biller
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Certified Nurse Assistant (excluding clinical hours)
  • Home Health Aid
    Business & Industry Certification
  • Emergency Telecommunications
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Office Administration Professional
  • Customer Service
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Security Guard
  • OSHA 30 & 40
    Small Business Certification
  • Entreskills
  • Business Advisement, Webinar Business Trainings

Eligible students must be a New York State resident from a low- or moderate-income household, without a post-secondary degree, who may be unemployed or recently laid off

SUNY’s free Online Training Center includes programs offered by the University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (UCAWD), Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN) labs, and Educational Opportunity Centers (EOCs). These online programs, coupled with success coaches, will help more New Yorkers earn a higher education degree. Additionally, small business owners can start or grow their enterprises with EntreSkills, the free online entrepreneurial education course developed by the New York Small Business Development Center.

SUNY’s Educational Opportunity Centers have traditionally served as a launching pad to community colleges, and SUNY campuses have partnerships with many EOCs to give enrollment and orientation programs. The statewide network of ten EOCs and two Outreach and Counseling Centers include 600 faculty and staff. While SUNY’s EOCs are located in large urban areas across New York, SUNY’s Online Training Center is accessible across the state.

To learn more, register or attend a virtual informational session, visit SUNY For All

Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes said,This move by Chancellor Malatras, SUNY FOR ALL, creates a clear pathway for anyone who wants to go to college. The free Online Training Center will help countless people who might not otherwise have access to a SUNY school to get the education and training that could lead to a career and way to provide for themselves and their families long after this pandemic is over.”

SUNY Board Trustee Camille Joseph Varlack said,“SUNY’s primary mission is to provide an affordable, accessible high quality education for all, and Chancellor Malatras has taken this to heart in creating the free online training center for those who want to pursue academic studies and employment options, but who may be facing roadblocks. During a time when people are struggling to thrive due to the pandemic, the SUNY FOR ALL effort will alleviate some of these burdens and work to create a bright spot for New Yorkers.”

Heather C. Briccetti, Esq. President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. said, “As the country and State emerge from the pandemic with business and some industries changed forever, we will need workforce training and education that is flexible and accessible for all New Yorkers. SUNY’s new online training center will be an important pathway for many working New Yorkers to pivot their career path for the better. This will provide many New Yorkers a great opportunity that they may not have previously seen as possible.”

Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City said, “SUNY’s free Online Training Center is exactly the type of initiative we need to prepare New Yorkers for jobs in the digital economy that the pandemic has greatly accelerated.”

Robert Simpson, President of CenterState CEO said, “The SUNY Online Training Center creates an important bridge to career opportunities in fields where there is high demand for talent. We applaud Chancellor Malatras for his leadership and vision in leveraging the strength of the SUNY educational system to create accessible solutions for real-world challenges facing our communities. These programs create critical, low-barrier pathways for talent to build a foundation of skills and knowledge. Both the students and the hundreds of companies in our region looking for talent will benefit.”

Randy Wolken, President of MACNY-The Manufacturers Association & The Manufacturers Alliance of New York said,“SUNY continues to show its dedication to being a leader in higher education accessibility through the announcement of the SUNY FOR ALL campaign. When the pandemic is behind us, there will be a dire need for high quality workers to hit the ground running to jump start our economy again, and the forward thinking of Chancellor Malatras and his administration to create training and college avenues is to be commended.”

The New York Community College Association said, “The 30 SUNY Community Colleges hold access to higher education as the core mission of our work. We applaud the Chancellor's SUNY For All campaign for recognizing and supporting the importance of reaching all New Yorkers in creating pathways to economic and social mobility. The community colleges are eager to provide the necessary financial and academic support and welcome all students to continue their education for a prosperous, post-COVID New York."

SUNY Student Advocate Dr. John Graham said, “We are proud to make our academic and workforce programs available to a larger audience. This is a significant step to aid in the upward mobility of communities in need. To provide this cross section of programming while offering our complete suite of wraparound services is critical to success.”

SUNY Associate Provost and UCAWD Director Lisa McKay said, “For over 50 years, EOCs has empowered upward mobility in New York’s most socioeconomically-challenged communities, and our role in SUNY FOR ALL is an exciting new chapter in our legacy of service. We create access to opportunity by eliminating the barriers to education, serving as a source of skills, gateway to better jobs and positive influence on people’s lives. We are thrilled by Chancellor Malatras’ partnership and confidence in the impact our ATTAIN labs and EOC’s can make on New Yorkers who are hungry to achieve their educational goals and gain life-changing employment in spite of the challenges they may have faced in the past.”

About The State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. As of Fall 2019, more than 415,500 students were enrolled in a degree-granting program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide exceeded $1.7 billion in fiscal year 2019, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit


temperature check

At the reception area, markers will be placed on the floor to ensure that visitors and students remain 6ft apart. The receptionist will also keep the partition between his/her desk and visitors.

Temperature check station and log - temperature checks will be taken with a handheld device. Security or staff with appropriate PPE will be present in the reception area to administer the temperature checks. Upon entering the EOC, the individual will:

  • Have their temperature checked at the temperature check station.
    • If the temperature is above normal (100.4), the person will be asked to depart immediately.
  • Be asked the following questions:
    • If they have had COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days (cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste, and/or smell and fever (over 100.4)?
    • Have tested positive COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
    • Have come in close contact with persons confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • If the answer to any of these questions is yes, the individual will not be admitted to the EOC.


The James Boykins Award is presented every year to the faculty or staff member(s) who demonstrates exemplary service and dedication to the students and staff of the SUNY Bronx EOC.This year the well-deserved recepients are Mr. Faouzi Abousalham& Dr. Sayyid Cato

Mr. Abousalham James Boykins Award 2020

Mr. Faouzi Abousalham received his Bachelor degree in Statistics and his Master Degree in Applied Mathematics from Hunter College, The City University of New York. He has over 12 years of experience teaching Mathematics in many colleges in New York City and abroad. His interest in educational technology motivates him to attend and present in many seminars and conferences in the United States and around the world. He has also developed many tutorial math video using ipad to strength students’ skills and to alleviate math anxiety.

He is currently working as a Math Lecturer at SUNY Bronx Educational Center where he Prepares students for NYS Test Assessing Secondary Completion and for their College Placement Math Exam.

Mr. Abousalham’s diverse background, and his language skills helped him to develop great skills of teaching in diverse environments.

Dr. Cato Boykins Award 2020

Dr. Sayyid Cato is a dynamic technology and literacy specialist, lecturer, and instructional designer who endeavors to reduce the digital divide and its effects. His diverse background has proved instrumental as he employs this professional prominence to assist youths in an arena where they are highly disadvantaged.

Dr. Cato completed a rigorous education specialist program within the Caribbean before completing a Bachelors in sociology and education in New York. In an era that technology is extremely prominent, Mr. Cato was cognizant of the need for students to also become adept using technology efficiently to problem solve and construct meaningful learning both inside and outside the classroom. This has become increasingly important with the realization of the digital divide. He holds two Master’s Degrees from Columbia University in Education, Instructional Technology and Media, and Computing and Education. His dissertation at the doctoral level examined ubiquitous tools and applications that can be used to enhance online learning for students who are from impoverished regions and who have limited access to resources.

Dr. Cato sees a need to assist prospective leaders of tomorrow develop those skills needed to perpetuate our advancement. At the graduate level, he has afforded practicing and prospective teachers with the skills to identify design and instructional practices needed in learning environments and to select and evaluate adaptive technological tools that can be used to support learners. He teaches and mentors aspiring professionals and educators who strive to complete degrees in areas such as education, business management programs and the Arts. He currently instructs Bronx EOC students, who are preparing for the TASC exam and preparing to attend college. As he continues to embrace his journey, his educational background has allowed him to focus on emerging technologies that hold the greatest promise for enriching learning experiences throughout the educational enterprise.


Bronx EOC Outstanding Students 2019-2020

In recognition of the outstanding efforts of our students to reach their intended educational or career goals at our center. Today we honor their commitment to greatness and trajectory towards upward mobility.

Outstanding Students

  • Harry Adams - College Prep
  • Elizabeth Costa - Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Joshua Smith - Emergency Medical Technician
  • Amanda Lawrence - High School Equivalency/GED
  • Fatiha Yamoun - Home Health Aide
  • Leidy Guevara - Medical Assistant
  • Cerria Granby - Security Guard

Congratulations to all our outstanding students for the academic year 2019-2020. The faculty and staff honors your accomplishments.


SUNY EOC Commencenment Ceremony 2020

We are pleased to invite you to join all Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) and College and Career Outreach Centers on July 29, 2020 at 6:00pm for the first-ever, statewide EOC Virtual Commencement Ceremony. This event will celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of our dedicated students, as well as recognize the contributions of all participants, faculty, staff, family and friends.

EOC graduates from across New York State are scheduled to receive certificates of completion from over 20 career training and academic preparation programs. This includes vocational areas such as allied health, culinary services, dental assisting and more, as well as academic disciplines like college preparation, high school equivalency and English for Speakers of Other Languages.

Many of our graduation candidates have overcome significant obstacles to achieve this success. A student round table highlighting personal stories about how and why they came to their EOC will illustrate the important role our institutions serve in communities statewide.

Later in the program, speeches and reflections will accompany student award recognitions. We are also grateful and excited to share that Hon. Carl E. Heastie, Speaker of the New York State Assembly and longtime champion of EOCs, will deliver our keynote address.

A considerable number of friends and relatives of this year's graduates from across New York State are expected to attend this virtual ceremony. Please join us as we celebrate and honor the EOC Class of 2020.


Medical Assistant - Future Frontline Healthcare Heroes

The SUNY Bronx EOC is happy to honor our Medical Assistants. We are proud to recognize our Medical Assistants as they complete their classroom instructions. This has been a challenging time for these student scholars as they completed training during the pandemic. These are our future frontline healthcare heroes, and we honor them today, June 08, 2020.

Congratulations to you on a job well done despite the struggles you made it, and you will make a difference in the lives of our communities as you serve them with excellence.


Donations to PPE - COVID 19 - Union Community Health Center - Bronx

The Bronx EOC is pleased to support the heroic efforts of Union Community Health Center in their efforts to support Bronx communities in the fight against COVID19.

The Bronx EOC has delivered PPEs to Union Community Health Center in support of their valiant efforts.

We pay tribute to your commitment to serve.


The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week the allocation to hospitals of the first $30 billion of aid from the recently passed COVID stimulus bill to help healthcare facilities get through this crisis. Despite being the epicenter of the COVID pandemic in America, New York is woefully underfunded in this first allocation:

Fact # 1: New York has over twice as many cases as any other state

Fact # 2: New York has over twice as many deaths as any other state

Fact # 3: In New York, more healthcare workers have been hit by the virus than any other state

However, HHS is distributing far more funds on a per-patient basis to states with far less COVID presence. Some states are getting $200,000 to $300,000 per patient while New York is getting approximately $12,000 per patient.

HHS will soon be allocating the remaining $70 billion aid to hospitals and nursing homes. New York needs to receive its fair share of aid in order to respond effectively to this crisis.

Call the Health and Human Services office in New York City today at (212) 264-4600 and urge them to ensure New York gets the federal funding it needs in this time of crisis.

Every voice matters.

SUNY Bronx EOC Distributes PPE to our Heroes in the Frontlines

Donations to PPE - COVID 19

At the SUNY Bronx Educational Opportunity Center (Bronx EOC), there is a saying, “Service in Excellence.” We are proud to serve ourcommunities during these challenging times. Our commitment to excellence extends to every stakeholder in the communities we serve.

The Bronx EOC is grateful to have had the opportunity to donate much needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to our heroes on the frontlines. You are not in this fight alone, and we are here to aid you in this fight. “We got your back!”

The following healthcare facilities have received PPE donations from the Bronx EOC as we work to “flatten the curve.” Jacobi Medical Center, Lincoln Hospital, and Saint Vincent de Paul Nursing Home. We honor your commitment to the fight, and we stand with you, no retreat, and no surrender.

Inventing Yourself Workshops for the Week of April 6 to 10

Hi Everyone!

We are offering multiple workshops this week in order to meet everyone's needs and schedules.

The link below will take you directly to our website registration page where you can sign up for one or more workshops.

The first one will take place tomorrow, Monday April 6 at 9:30am.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions for future workshops, you can email me at

We're here for you :)


Donations to Jacobi Hospital COVID 19

News from Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez
2018 Williamsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10461


Contact: Forhad Rahman | (347) 204-0478


BRONX – Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez and Executive Director, Ronnie Hector and staff at the SUNY Bronx EOC donated much needed medical supplies to the hospital staff at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, such as masks, gowns, gloves, and goggles, who are currently helping Bronxites battle COVID19.

“Support from our community during these challenging times is most appreciated,” said Associate Executive Director Barbara DeIorio. “We thank AM Fernandez and the SUNY EOC, as we continue to provide high-quality care for all our patients and adapt to the ever-changing needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The SUNY Bronx EOC values all our stakeholders, and we work collaboratively to support them,” said Ronnie Hector, Executive Director of SUNY Bronx EOC. “The Center is honored to join with Assemblywoman Fernandez to aid our partners Jacobi Medical Center. We are one community in service to each other.”

“Our front-line workers are putting their lives on the line so that they can help our most vulnerable patients,” said Assemblywoman Fernandez. “I am so glad that I was able to team up with the SUNY Bronx EOC to provide these resources to the staff, understanding just how limited the supply is and how necessary it is to have these protective gears. This protective equipment is the little bit that we can do for our healthcare workers to give them some safety during this pandemic.”

For any questions, please contact Forhad Rahman at


Our Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Ronnie Hector

Recent news about the Coronavirus has understandably created concerns. At the Bronx Educational Opportunity Center (BxEOC), we continue to monitor the situation and provide information to our student scholars, faculty, staff, and communities.

We share your concern and are working with SUNY and CUNY to develop protocols to limit the spread of the virus. The Center sanitizes the facility at least twice per day and will expand as needed. Sterilization stations are set up throughout the building, so visitors and student scholars can sanitize their hands throughout the day.

The Bronx EOC, in accordance with directives issued by the Governor, SUNY and CUNY, and to safeguard the health of its students, faculty, and staff, have limited the number of students on campus by moving a majority of our instructions online. The Center continues to look at social distancing measures to help prevent the spread of the virus and keep our constituents safe. You are our family, and family takes care of each other!

We are open for registration and student support services, and we ask you to visit the Center and register for classes. Our computer labs remain accessible to our student scholars. However, if you are not feeling well, we advise that you do not visit the Center and go see a doctor.

The BxEOC continues to help stem the tide of this virus to protect our communities. We will follow directives from our partners in the offices of the Governor, Mayor, SUNY and CUNY. Please do all that you can to limit your risk of infection as you move about the city.

We have added several links to our web page to provide up-to-date information concerning the virus. Please feel free to use these links.

Thank you, and be well.


Mr. Ronnie R. Hector
Executive Director

COVID 19 - Coronavirus - Information

Our history

Established in 1987, and sponsored by Bronx Community College of The City University of New York, the SUNY Bronx EOC shares the College’s mission to provide services that will prepare students for a life of independent and creative thinking, dignity, self-sufficiency and community participation. The SUNY Bronx EOC serves as a one stop provider of adult education and vocational training delivering academic, occupational, remedial instruction, college awareness, job placement, Microsoft certifications and community events. Responding to the specific needs of the individuals, families and community, the center offers a more comprehensive group of support services that enhance education leading to employment and a better quality of life.

The student population at the SUNY Bronx EOC is economically disadvantaged, and 50% did not complete high school, 30% TANF recipients, 40% are unemployed, 70% are women, a significant number of whom are single mothers, 39% of whom are Hispanic and 51% African-American. Every year the SUNY Bronx EOC serves an average of 1000 registered students and 2000 community residents. Annually about 250 graduates and community residents are placed in jobs.

The Mission

The SUNY Bronx EOC is an educational institution of the State University of New York, established to educate and train economically and educationally disadvantaged youth and adults in the Bronx communities. The center offers continuing, remedial and vocational education in a life-long learning process, in order to develop a skilled workforce for the future. In and through the educational activities, the center is also a force and a catalyst for community revitalization and total development of persons.

We believe in you

The SUNY Bronx EOC values dignity and self-respect in every individual in the community. We believe that the disadvantaged people in the communities have a right to self-determination and power through higher education and greater participation in society.