Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center programs funded by USDE

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MOREHEAD – Morehead State University has announced that the United States Department of Education awarded continued funding for two Educational Opportunity Center Programs.

The Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center Programs at MSU will serve a target of 2,505 adults, at least 19 years of age or is less than 19 years of age and is cannot be appropriately served by a Talent Search project, in a 36- county service region. Those counties are Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Greenup, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Rowan, Whitley and Wolfe.

MSU will receive $699,896 to fund the Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center programs beginning Sept. 1. It is a five-year award for a total of $3,499,480 million during the next five years.

The Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center program identifies and assists individuals in applying for admissions to institutions that offer programs of postsecondary education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to enroll in postsecondary education or complete the GED if they have not obtained a high school diploma. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assists individuals with the postsecondary application process. The goal of Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center is to increase the number of adults from disadvantaged backgrounds who enroll in postsecondary education and or earn their GED.

“The Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center Programs at Morehead State University has provided services to thousands of low-income, first generation participants in our service region for the past 25 years. We are thrilled to be able to continue to encourage and support individuals to enroll in college and earn a degree or to complete their GED” said Tom Rowland, project director.

Additional information is available by calling Rowland at 606-783-2385 or visit

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