Bayou Educational
Opportunity Center

Welcome to the Bayou Educational Opportunity Center

THE ONE STOP TO ACHIEVING YOUR EDUCATIONAL DREAMS

The Bayou Educational Opportunity Center (BEOC) is a grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. BEOC is designed to provide information regarding career exploration, financial literacy, FAFSA, enrollment counseling, and academic coaching to adults and high school seniors desiring to pursue a program in ANY post-secondary educational institution. 

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday  8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Call today to schedule your appointment!

THE BEOC IS A PROGRAM FUNDED THROUGH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION THROUGH GRANT AWARD P066A160323. ADMISSIONS INTO THE BEOC IS OPEN TO THOSE WHO MEET THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA REGARDLESS OF GENDER, RACE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, RELIGION, DISABILITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, OR VETERAN STATUS.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The BEOC aids adults and high school seniors with their families through the post-secondary enrollment process to ensure they are making the best choices and finding the right fit in terms of their post-secondary educational career. The goal of the BEOC is to increase the number of  residents in the Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary and Terrebonne Parish area who enroll in post-secondary educational institutions. Please visit our Services page for more information on the free services provided.

Eligibility Information

BEOC Eligibility Requirements

  • Complete the BEOC application 
  • Participants must be living within Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary and/or Terrebonne Parishes
  • 2/3 must be a 1st generation college student (neither mother nor father earned a 4 year college degree and meet income guidelines
  • 1/3 can be any adult needing any EOC service

SERVICES

ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE

  • Academic coaching
  • Career coaching
  • GED fee vouchers
  • Referrals to adult education centers to obtain a GED
  • Referrals to vocational, community, or university academic institutions
  • Entrance exam preparation assistance and fee vouchers
  •  Referrals for Academic remediation

 CAREER EXPLORATION AND PREPARATION

  • Career assessments to help match interests, abilities, and goals with specific career areas
  • Virtual and field job shadowing 
  • Provide information regarding job markets, education needed, and job searching
  • Resume’ writing
  • Mock interviews

ENROLLMENT COUNSELING

  • Assistance in completing an admissions application and other enrollment forms
  • Assistance in identifying a college or university, vocational/technical school, career specific programs, or proprietary schools to meet individual needs
  • Referrals to individuals at educational institutions for assistance

FINANCIAL AID

  • Financial Literacy
  • Overview and assistance with FAFSA
  • University financial aid policies

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly does the BEOC do?

According to the federal guidelines set up by the U.S. Department of Education, an EOC is designed to provide information regarding financial and academic assistance available for individuals who desire to pursue a program of postsecondary education. An EOC also provides assistance to individuals in applying for admission to institutions that offer programs of postsecondary education, including assistance in preparing necessary applications for use by admissions and financial aid officers.

What population does the BEOC serve?

An EOC targets low-income, first generation adults. 2/3’s must meet both criteria, 1/3 can be any adult needing EOC services.

What other programs does the BEOC work with to help participants?

  • Department of Human Services
  • State Health Departments
  • Workforce Offices
  • Drug Court
  • Head-Start Parent Programs
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Department of Corrections
  • Public school systems (high school seniors not served by a Talent Search program)
  • Vocational/Technology Centers
  • Two-year colleges
  • Four-year universities
  • Community Action Agencies
  • Private Counseling Centers

What are the specific services the BEOC provides?

  • Assistance with completing federal financial aid applications. Through the FAFSA on the Web, EOC projects are able to transmit financial aid applications quickly. Additional funding tools and online searches are used to help clients fund their education
  • Academic and career assessments with the use of  career tools
  • Assist clients with admission forms, scholarship information, class schedules, GED information, and general information about schools of interest to the client
  • Some EOC programs provide clients with tours of colleges and vocational schools
  • May provide additional supportive services to help increase the client’s probability of success. Types of additional services include tutoring, test prep, time management, and study skills seminars

How many clients are served annually by the BEOC?

Each EOC program is assigned participant numbers through the U. S. Dept of Ed and vary depending on how many parishes they are serving. Nicholls State University’s EOC serves 1,000+ clients in the Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Terrebonne Parish Area.

Where are the BEOC participants placed?

Participants may be placed (enrolled) in adult basic education or GED classes, vocational/technology schools, online degree programs, two-year colleges, or four-year universities.

Click here for a free Federal Student Aid application

Click here to access The American College Test (ACT) website

Click here to access the Federal TRIO Programs website

Click here to access information on GED Testing in Louisiana

BEOC STAFF

Stacey Verdun-Pennison, M.Ed.

Title: Director
Department: BEOC
Phone: 985.448.4363
Office Location: 205 Elkins Hall

 

I am a 1st generation College student born and raised in Thibodaux, LA.  My post-secondary educational journey began at the Thibodaux Vocational School in the Administrative Assistant Program.  In 2005, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in the College of Business Administration at Nicholls State University. In 2012, I earned a Masters Degree in Education and in 2018 I became a Certified Academic Coach.  My experience includes 13+ years in the field of Education from being a high school teacher, owning my own K-12 Academic Center, to becoming an advocate for higher education. My mission within the BEOC Program is to assist as many people as possible with continuing their education an/or advancing their careers.  As the Director of the BEOC, I am dedicated to building partnerships within the community to better assist our clients.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Bayou Educational Opportunity Center

Office Location:
205 Elkins Hall
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2023
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Phone: 985-448-4363
Fax: 985-449-7065
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday