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TERI announces opening of new Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) in Brockton and receipt $880,000 grant to provide Upward Bound Services

Boston, MA – The Education Resources Institute (TERI) recently announced two new initiatives to expand college access to low income students. The first initiative is the opening of a new Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) in Brockton, Massachusetts. The Center is housed at Career Works, a one-stop career center operated by The University of Massachusetts, Donahue Institute. TERI also announced the receipt of another Federal grant of approximately $880,000 to assist Brockton High School students prepare for college through an Upward Bound program. Funded over a four year period, the project will be a collaborative between Brockton High School, Stonehill College and TERI’s Higher Education Information Center. U. S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) attended a recent ceremony to commemorate the new EOC and grant award.

Lawrence O’Toole, President of TERI, said these two new initiatives would offer great support for the students and families of Brockton. “We selected Brockton as the site for these efforts given the city’s high percentage of economically disadvantaged students and its more than 20 percent high school drop out rate. Through these and other TERI college access programs, we are committed to gather and share information on effective strategies for improving college access and success,” said O’Toole.

The EOC of Brockton offers services to underemployed adults over 18 years of age who wish to continue their postsecondary education for the purpose of better positioning themselves in a highly competitive job market. In both workshop format and on an individual basis, counselors assist with identifying education programs, completing the application process and securing financial aid.

Upward Bound activities include identifying and selecting participants, assessing their needs for educational support services and providing activities to improve participants’ academic abilities. Arturo Iriarte, HEIC’s executive director, said the project will be staffed by an experienced team of professionals with knowledge and skills in after-school programs. “Their experiences working in TRIO programs, including Talent Search and EOC, with a demonstrated record of success will be a great asset to the project.” The Upward Bound project will serve children from the 5,005 families throughout Brockton who have incomes below 150 percent of the federal poverty level.

The Education Resources Institute (TERI) is a Boston, Massachusetts based nonprofit organization that provides college access and information programs and education finance services. Since its founding in 1985, TERI has provided support to over 975,000 students and families and guaranteed nearly $5 billion in non-government education loans. TERI’s college access programs including the Boston Higher Education Information Center (HEIC) and the Pathways to College Network, an alliance of 19 national organizations and funders, focus on addressing barriers faced by individuals trying to enter, pay for and succeed in college. For additional information, visit TERI on the web at or call (800) 255-TERI.