Awardees honored at EOC luncheon
The Educational Opportunity Centers of Southwestern Pennsylvania (EOC of SWPA) held its annual Awards and Recognition Luncheon at Penn State Beaver on Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Special Events Room of Student Union Building.
The EOC of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education with facilities and administrative support provided by Penn State. The EOC assists low-income, potential first-general adult students, age 19 or older, in gaining access to post-secondary education and training. EOC offices are located at Penn State Beaver, Greater Allegheny and Fayette campuses. EOC staff members work in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
The EOC Perseverance Award was given to Lisa Filippi, a non-traditional student who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting at the Community College of Allegheny County. The Friends of EOC Award was presented to Margaret Stoughton, an employee of Penn State Beaver Adult Literacy Action who teaches GED and general education courses at the Beaver County Jail.
Opening remarks were presented by Tahirah Abdullah, director of EOC of SWPA; Penn State Beaver Chancellor Gary Keefer and Dana Winters, educational counselor for EOC of SWPA. Entertainment was provided by The Burke Conroy Irish Dancers.
EOC offices can be contacted by visiting http://www.equity.psu.edu/eocswpa/ or by calling Beaver campus, 724-773-3768; Greater Allegheny campus, 412-675-9078, or Fayette campus, 724-430-4100, ext. 4796.