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TRIO EOC DSW provides a wide range of support related to post-secondary education and career-seeking to individuals living in Douglas, Shawnee and Wyandotte Counties.

TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers are federally-funded programs offering free support to help individuals achieve success in post-secondary educational environments. A post-secondary program is an educational program for students who have earned their high school diploma or GED equivalent and are looking for education/training beyond that level to prepare them for a career.

Our workshops, programs, and services are all designed to help non-traditional students overcome barriers to education.

Our Mission

We are here to help you complete the post-secondary educational program of your choice, whether it is a career and technical education (CTE), community college, or university.

Where We Serve

  • Douglas County
  • Shawnee County 
  • Wyandotte County

Who We Serve

Who is Eligible for TRIO EOC DSW Services?

  • Residents of Douglas, Shawnee or Wyandotte Counties who are:
    • Adults 19 and older seeking to further their education
    • High school seniors (including those who are still 17-18 years old) - who do not have a TRIO Talent Search program at their school
    • U.S. Citizens or permanent residents

We specialize in and prioritize the following:

  • First-time college enrollees
  • Adults returning to an education program after a break
  • Individuals who are low-to-moderate income and/or first-generation college students
  • Individuals 19 and older already enrolled in:
    • Career and Technical Education program
    • Community College
    • University
  • Active-duty military personnel/veterans and their families   
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Individuals who need a high school completion or GED program
  • Individuals who have been in or are aging out of foster care
  • Previously incarcerated adults returning to school
  • Immigrants who are U.S. citizens or have a permanent residency card or other supporting documentation

Not Sure?

  • Not sure where you fit or what services you might need?
  • Contact us by email at trio-eoc-dsw@ku.edu or phone at 913-233-1124 so we can learn about your unique situation and help you get started.

We know the process of choosing an educational or career path can be difficult, especially if you have barriers to access, have work and family responsibilities, or are unfamiliar with the process. In truth, there are many paths an individual can take, whether you are interested in career and technical education (CTE) certification program, a community college program (e.g., associates degree), or a four-year bachelor's degree. We provide you with the resources and knowledge necessary to pursue the educational or career goals that can change your life.

Our Legacy and Funding

TRIO Programs are funded through the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The collective mission is to help participants successfully enter, attend, and graduate from college.

The University of Kansas is one of more than 1,200 colleges, universities, community colleges, and agencies that offer TRIO programs in the United States.

Our two EOC grants are administered by the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs (CEOP) within the Achievement & Assessment Institute at the University of Kansas.

Get Started

Complete our secure online intake form to access our free services