When it comes to having the right qualifications to get into a particular line of work you're interested in, sometimes you need a little extra training and additional education to make it happen.

I recently had Ciara Johnson, Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center's supervisor of enrollment manager, with me on the 2-6 Takeover to learn more about what exactly it is that they do and why you should consider enrolling in one of the many programs offered there.

Ciara explained that the mission of Buffalo EOC is to provide academic, vocational, and career services to the residents of Western New York completely tuition-free, so you won't have to worry about paying the thousands of dollars you would have to shell out at other schools.

The classes at Buffalo EOC are open to anyone 18 years of age or older and the enrollment process is as easy as one, two, three. All you have to do is ensure that you have been a New York State resident for at least twelve months or more, provide your income documentation, and provide a copy of your HSE, which is the same as your GED or high school equivalency.

If you have previously attended a college or university, you cannot have more than 33 college credits to be eligible for Buffalo EOC's tuition-free programs.

With a range of different classes such as security guard, central sterilization technician, medical billing and coding, registered medical assistant, English as a second language, high school equivalency, and academic review programs, Buffalo EOC has a little bit of something for everyone.

Buffalo EOC's summer programming is also coming up next month and will be a great way for people to prepare for a career, learn something new, or get ready for college. The first round of programs will begin on June 1 and end June 30 and the second round will begin on July 1 and end August 4.

Due to the pandemic, classes at Buffalo EOC are remote but they are still actively enrolling new students, so there's no better time to get yourself enrolled than right now. The admissions department is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and you can give them a call at 716-645-1900 or visit them online at www.buffalo.edu/eoc.

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