We know that deciding to complete a degree is a complicated decision, and that it can be difficult to know where to begin. The EOC program equips you with access to information, resources, and guidance to help you make the educational decisions that work best for you, your family, and your career goals.  

Am I eligible for EOC program services?  

To qualify for the EOC program, you must be: 

  • 18 years of age or older 
  • A legal resident of Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, Lake, or McHenry counties 
  • A potential first-generation college student 
  • From a low-income family 


The EOC program targets participants who are interested in continuing their education to the secondary and postsecondary level. Each year the EOC serves 850 adults from the following counties: Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, Lake, and McHenry. You are eligible to participate in the EOC program if you are:    

  • 18 years of age and older 
  • A legal resident of any of the following counties: Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, Lake, or McHenry  
  • A citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America 
  • A first-generation college student (Neither one of your parents has completed a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university)  
  • A veteran  
  • An underrepresented minority 
  • A justice-involved individual 


How can I apply?  

To begin receiving EOC services and support, fill out our free application online today! APPLY NOW!  

To apply by mail, please complete the application form, print, and mail it with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: 

UW-Parkside Educational Opportunity Center 
Talent Hall, Room 202 
900 Wood Road 
Kenosha, WI 53144 


EOC services are completely free for qualified participants who have been accepted into the program.  

While the EOC does not provide funds to help you pay for your education, our program will help you to identify existing sources of funding  

Although the EOC is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, our program will assist participants in applying to and enrolling in any secondary and/or postsecondary institution of their choice. In addition to UW-Parkside, we are proudly partnered with a variety of area post-secondary institutions. (link to Partner page) 

The EOC ensures that all participants, regardless of their race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, citizenship status, or disability, have equitable access to and participation in its federally assisted program activities as required by the laws and regulations that govern the program.

Contact us


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Sandy Dieck
EOC Manager 

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Dionne Celebre
EOC Coordinator 

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Kevin Black
EOC Coordinator 

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