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Malcolm X TRIO Educational Opportunity Center

  • Sylvia Jimison
  • Project Director
  • (312) 850-4600

Program Description

The TRIO Educational Opportunity Center provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of post-secondary education. The program also provides services to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants. An important objective of the program is to counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, and to assist in the application process. The goal of the EOC program is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in post-secondary education institutions

Services Provided

  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • Hispanic/Latino: 40%
  • Other: 10%
  • African American: 50%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 500
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 50
  • Non-traditional: 450

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Illinois State University
  • Northern Illinois University