Education Opportunity Center

The Education Opportunity Center (EOC) is a partnership between Bates Technical College and the MDC. The mission of the EOC is to assist participants in their pursuit of post-secondary education. This mission is carried out by providing free educational and career advising to each individual.  EOC’s focus is to assist individuals with reaching their educational goals through:

  • One-on-one support
  • Connections to educational resources and,
  • Navigating the college enrollment process

EOC Advisors assist with:

  • Identifying a career path
  • Creating educational goals
  • Applying to a college or career of best fit and,
  • Applying for financial aid in order to pay for college  as well as,
  • Assisting students with grant over-payment and student loan default.

Our target demographics are low income and first generation college students. If students meet income standards, we can pay for college assessment test and college admission fee.

Please complete the form to request services. Our goal is to respond within 24 hours.

Enroll in the EOC

For more information about the EOC program, please contact

EOC Advisors:
Yesenia Varela
Email: yvarela@mdc-hope.org
Phone:  253.318.4945
Bates Technical College offers classes on campus, online and hybrid. For Fall Quarter 2021, vaccinations will be required. Learn more about vaccinations and our COVID-19 response on the COVID-19 resource page.