February 5, 2013

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EOP, EOC students swarm Capitol with UUP

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UUP President Phil Smith (inset) welcomes more than 200 students from SUNY’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) as they arrived to meet with state lawmakers during EOP/EOC Advocacy Day in Albany on Feb. 5.

“Tell legislators what EOP and EOC mean to you,” Smith told the students prior to their visiting the offices of 80 state lawmakers accompanied by EOP/EOC counselors and other UUP members.

Students told legislators in each meeting about the profound difference EOP and EOC have made in their lives.

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“EOP has opened up more doors than would have ever opened,” Cortland student Boyan Cox, right, told Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing), left, as she was joined by Cortland UUPer Joe Westbrook.

Students often pointed out how fortunate they felt to be part of the programs because of limited spaces due to inadequate funding. For example, Oswego students said 2,200 had applied to EOP, but only 77 were admitted.

The EOP provides academic support and financial aid to eligible low-income students who want to attend college. EOCs help prepare students for college or vocational training programs.

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