GREETINGS from MR. RONNIE HECTOR - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ronnie Hector

Welcome to the SUNY Bronx Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)!

I am incredibly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to advance the Bronx EOC’s mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in New York State. I am delighted in the potential of the Bronx EOC, and welcome you along for what will be a very engaging and fulfilling journey.

The EOC’s are programs of the State University of New York (SUNY) and the Bronx EOC is administered by Bronx Community College of the City University of New York. The SUNY Bronx EOC is one (1) of twelve (12) EOC’s in the State of New York.

Established in 1987, the Bronx EOC continues to provide a clean, safe and nurturing learning environment to economically and disadvantaged adults. The Bronx EOC fosters this by providing additional education and training opportunities.

To achieve our goals the Bronx EOC will offer a student-centered teaching and learning approach to academics and workforce development. At the Bronx EOC, we focus on the needs of individuals, families and the community, building partnerships to enhance the learning experience and empowering our students to be active participants in their socioeconomic and academic growth and development, leading to a better quality of life. We are a comprehensive one-stop educational and workforce development institution supported by counselors, instructors, mentors and others who will assist you throughout your tenure at the Bronx EOC. The Bronx EOC offers adult education, workforce development, vocational training, college exploration and job placement opportunities.

As you move into this new chapter of your life, we are standing ready to assist you in navigating the challenges and opportunities, and providing you with the lifelong learning skills to enhance your quality of life. Our faculty and staff are partners with you throughout your journey, and we are committed to your personal and professional growth and development. We look forward to this partnership and together we will bring our best to this endeavor, and build a creative and innovative learning community.

To build a successful learning community you must strive to follow the rules and regulations outlined in your Student Handbook. Please take a moment to read and familiarize yourself with the programs, requirements, policies, and procedures.

Thanks for partnering with us. I welcome you on behalf of the SUNY Bronx EOC. We wish you all the best in your endeavors, and know that we are here every day as a partner willing to support you, every step of the way.

Sincerely,

Mr. Ronnie R. Hector
Executive Director

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.