UB Educational Opportunity Center opens new home and renews commitment to underserved students

UB officials cut ribbon celebrating the opening of the new Educational Opportunity Center.

UB's new Educational Opportunity Center was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 14.

Release Date: June 14, 2013

“As we move forward in building a strong knowledge-based economy in our region, this state-of-the-art collaborative learning environment will play a key role in expanding the educational and vocational opportunities that will come with this innovation economy.”
UB President Satish K. Tripathi
UB officials cut a ribbon officially opening the new Educational Opportunity Center.
UB unveil a plaque celebrating the opening of the new Educational Opportunity Center.
UB's new Educational Opportunity Center.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) opened its new home today, a move that allows the center to take a greater role in serving Buffalo’s downtown community and expand programming for students who may not have access to traditional educational resources.

The new 68,000-square-foot, $26-million structure at 555 Ellicott St. offers students state-of-the-art facilities in which to pursue their educational and career goals.  Strategically located in close proximity to the rapidly expanding medical campus downtown, the new facility will allow the EOC to emphasize academic and vocational programming for the various allied health fields that are expected to be in continuing demand in Western New York.

The first classes within the new EOC building will begin in September. Funding for the facility was provided by New York State. Assembly member Crystal Peoples-Stokes provided instrumental leadership in securing this funding.

The opening of EOC is another milestone in UB’s expansion in downtown Buffalo.  In September, UB opened its Clinical and Translational Research Center in the joint UB-Kaleida Health building at Goodrich and Ellicott streets, and in 2016 the university plans to open a new medical school on Main Street.

The building projects, as well as UB’s plan to hire an additional 250 faculty members, are part of the UB 20202 strategic plan, which is funded in part by the NYSUNY 2020 legislation and $35 million challenge grant signed into law by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

In addition, the governor has pledged $1 billion to Buffalo to attract new industry, and the state has identified $100 million in economic-development projects in Buffalo through the work of the Regional Economic Development Council, co-chaired by UB President Satish K. Tripathi.  Some