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Educational Opportunity Center assists with GEDs

SAN MARCOS — Adults looking for assistance in pursuing a GED or postsecondary education can find it at Palomar College’s North County Educational Opportunity Center (NCEOC).

Funded by the US Department of Education, NCEOC is a free program designed to assist adults with academic advisement, completing college admissions applications and financial aid applications, adult education program referrals, community and family resource information and workshops geared toward supporting student success.

Marti Snyder, outreach coordinator for Palomar’s San Marcos NCEOC office, explained, “We help students determine what barriers they may have and link them with services to minimize those barriers. Basically, we educate people about what’s available for them if they choose to attend college or to re-enroll in a high school diploma or GED program.”

After interviewing prospective students, NCEOC staff members match them with schools that offer programs coinciding with their areas of interest.

“Once they have decided to enter or re-enter a high school diploma, GED or degree program, we assist them in determining which school they want to attend and filling out admissions applications, and we help them to apply for state tuition fee waivers and federal financial aid,” Snyder said.

For more information on Palomar’s NCEOC program, contact Snyder at [email protected] or (760) 744-1150, ext. 2433; Escondido Outreach Coordinator (bilingual-Spanish) Jessica Perez Ambrocio at [email protected] or (760) 744-1150, ext. 8110; or Program Director Calvin Onedeer Gavin at [email protected].


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