What is Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

The Montana Board of Regents, through the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE), has received a $232,050 grant ($1.16 Million over five years) from the U.S. Department of Education, TRIO Educational Opportunities Centers (EOC), to help unemployed workers, low-wage workers, and returning high school and college students enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. The grant, which is the first EOC grant awarded to OCHE, will provide funding over five years to help 850 adult learners find their path to higher education and is not tied to a specific college or university.  EOC provides counseling and information on college admissions and services to improve participants’ financial and economic literacy.


EOC Serves:

  • Adult Learners
  • Current or Retired military personnel and their families
  • Learners who are limited English proficient
  • Underrepresented Postsecondary Education Groups
  • Those with disabilities
  • Those who are homeless
  • Youth aging out of the foster care system
  • Disconnected Students
Educational Opportunity Centers

Services Include:

  • Financial Literacy
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Academic Advice
  • Academic & Personal counseling
  • Career Workshops
  • Information on available postsecondary education opportunities
  • Assistance in completing college application processes
  • Tutoring & Mentoring

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Outreach Areas

Helena, Montana

Serving counties of:

  • Lewis & Clark
  • Broadwater
  • Jefferson



Program Specialist




Map showing counties served for Helena

Butte, Montana

Serving counties of:

  • Beaverhead
  • Deer Lodge
  • Granite
  • Silver Bow

Andrew Richards

Outreach Advisor

(406) 431-8643



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Missoula, Montana

Serving counties of:

  • Lake
  • Missoula
  • Powell
  • Ravalli

Angie Wild

Outreach Advisor

(406) 431-5057



Map showing counties served for Missoula


Central Office

Derek Calvert

Interim EOC Director

General Questions

General Questions & Information


Experience & Advice from EOC Students

Nontraditional Students

Veteran Students

Native American Students