Operation College Bound is a project funded by the United States Department of Education and operated from the Region One Education Service Center (ESC) in Edinburg, Texas. Referred to as the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), the project began in the 2016-2017 school year and ends August 2021. Partner organizations include: Edinburg CISD, the Region One ESC Adult Education Department and the Office of College, Career, and Life Readiness, the South Texas College (STC), the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance (DHR), Texas Instruments (TI), and the College Board.
The EOC will assist participants in gaining the skills necessary for pursuing post-secondary success in Hidalgo and Starr Counties.
Goal: To create an effective college and career educational culture that enhances learning and performance, partucularly for at-risk, low-income, English Learners and students with disabilities, so they excel and succeed in postsecondary education and/or a career.
1)Secondary School Diploma or Equivalent: 85% of participants served during the project year, who do not have a secondary school diploma or its equivalent, will receive a secondary school diploma or its equivalent.
2)Postsecondary Enrollment: 70% of participants who graduate from secondary school and are not already enrolled in a postsecondary education program will enroll in a postsecondary education program immediately following participation in an EOC program.
3)Financial Aid Applications: 75% of participants served during the project year who are not already enrolled in a postsecondary education program and who: a) are high school seniors; b) are high school graduates; or c) have obtained a high school equivalency certificate, will apply for financial aid
4)College Admission Applications: 78% of participants served during the project year who are not already enrolled in a postsecondary education program and who: a) are high school seniors; b) are high school graduates; or c) have obtained a high school equivalency certificate, will apply for college admission.
Region One EOC Flyer (English)
Region One EOC Flyer (Spanish)
EOC Operation College Bound Resources
- GED Testing Preparation Tools link
- GED Study Guides
- GED Assessment Guides: Learn what is tested in the GED Exam
- Register here for a GED Exam
- FAFSA Process See Videos on How to Complete FAFSA
- Apply Texas See Videos on How to Complete Apply Texas
- Financial Aid See Videos on What is Financial Aid