Low-income, Underserved, & Veterans Gain Educational Opportunities in Seattle | Michael G. SheppardLow-income individuals, the underserved, and veterans in Seattle now have access to many more enriching opportunities.


Seattle, Washington’s South Seattle College recently opened the Education Opportunity Center (EOC). The development of the program is an example of efforts being made across the board to better the circumstances of those who served, as well those requiring assistance to become better servants to their community.


Our nation’s veterans require support after they’ve faced countless assaults on the battlefield and personal challenges on the home front, whether it being isolation, trauma, or illness. Likewise, low-income individuals and first-time college students require opportunities, such as those offered to those who’ve recently departed from military culture, due to economic strife and lack of access.  


A small staff has been assembled to assist those positioned to benefit from the federally funded education support program. The staff can work with students, helping them with career guidance, financial aid, and registration, and they can also connect participants with invaluable resources. The EOC, which falls under the purview of a federal program known as TRiO,  is designed to remove barriers experienced by disadvantaged individuals and veterans transitioning back to civilian life.


By helping students to fill out financial aid forms, offering interview preparation, and providing preparedness, they help to broaden the horizons of those they instruct. EOC and TRiO have made incredible tools available to the public, but frequently those without contact to the education system, such as low-income adult and veterans often find it to be difficult to locate services that could empower them, such as community centers, housing providers, and shelters.


This is why it’s important that programs endorse career development partnerships with transitional housing facilities and create relationships with the Department of Corrections. The EOC lacks the funds to be a direct provider, so they frequently partner with community partners that can offer reduce-pride transportation cards, as well as vocational programs.


The grant given to the EOC will last five years and will support thousands of students and bridge the-the education gap.


Educational institutions throughout Tennessee state offer the TRiO program to budding pupils, putting them in touch with cultural events and an enriched educational experience. For example, the TRiO program at Tennessee State University assists students in achieving full academic potential through lessons on creative thinking, studying habits, and communication.