The Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center (BEOC) was opened in 1973. The Center is administered by the University Center for Academic and Workforce Development of the State University of New York and is sponsored by the University at Buffalo. Formed by the merger of the Urban Center and Cooperative College Center, its major purpose is to provide instructional programs and supportive services to those who have limited educational and financial opportunities.
The mission of the Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center is to produce adult lifelong learners who are self-directed, empowered, and committed to excellence. Residents of the surrounding Buffalo community are provided a comprehensive, community-based academic and workforce development program and provided support services leading to enhanced employment opportunities, access to further education, personal growth, and development. All skills necessary to become self-sufficient.
Programs and services are structured to adapt to the needs of our students, as well as to the demands of our community and serve as first steps toward the attainment of long-term educational and employment goals.
Our Vision is to maintain a high-quality learning environment, Buffalo EOC will focus on teaching excellence, student learning, career development and technological initiatives. Buffalo EOC will prepare students to demonstrate competency in the following:
The faculty, staff, and community partners of the Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center believes our students entrust us with providing learning experiences that will enhance their life-long success. As we emerge into the 21st century, we are dedicated to fulfilling that trust by providing an educational environment that addresses the needs of an increasingly diverse student population. In pursuit of that environment, we are committed to fostering personal growth, intellectual development, and economic independence.
Our focus is to serve with compassion, dignity, and respect.