On October 31st 2019 members of the Syracuse community gathered to hear from EOC officials about exciting new changes coming to Educational Opportunity Center. Those assembled included, Mayor Ben Walsh, Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens, Judicial Candidate Bob Antonacci, Assemblyperson Pamela Hunter, Timothy Penix Vice President, Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center and George Kilpatrick was emcee.
SEOC graduate Tatiana Parker, talked about how EOC was instrumental in her career development she now is Director of Constituent Services for Senator Rachel May. ProTrain graduate David Robinson’s very heartfelt testimony on his journey brought tears to the eyes of some in the audience.
Lisa McKay Associate Provost & Director, SUNY University Center for Academic & Workforce Development and Christopher Ellis, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives & Innovation, SUNY; both reiterated the support that is being provided, as they unveiled new logo’s and branding for the SUNY system associated schools. Each site is identified by something unique in the area or modified to match existing branding campaigns. The result is a sleek easily identifiable presence reflects changes made to their marketing materials that introduce the community to their various training programs. Many of their programs are directly employment related as there is an ongoing need for trained people in the Syracuse workforce.
Syracuse EOC Vice President, Timothy Penix summed up the event as an affirmation of what EOC has evolved into and a precursor to what it will become. Plans are being developed to expand the facility, as it will play a role in the Campus for a New Economy as the Syracuse Surge begins to take shape.
Gallery of classes/training offered at Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center