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E.O.P Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Summer Program

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ The Educational Opportunity Program (E.O.P) at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its summer program this year with the theme, "25 Summers of Community and Excellence."

This year's EOP summer program participants Although E.O.P has been a part of Plattsburgh State for 34 years, the addition of the summer program was instituted in 1979. The summer program provides incoming freshmen the opportunity to brush up on their math, writing, reading and library skills and to get a head start on college academics. Students in the summer program spend four weeks at Plattsburgh State and live in the residence halls while they receive an extensive orientation to college life.

Director of E.O.P., Marlene Fields, said, "This year's program will mark my 11th summer program at Plattsburgh State and the 18th year since my introduction to E.O.P. in 1986. This pre-college experience continues to be an invaluable academic and social introduction to college for our incoming freshmen."

Fields is pleased with what the program does for its participants.

"The summer program assists incoming students in transitioning from high school and home to college and relative independence," said Fields. "The academic boost and self-confidence gained during our summer program experience goes a long way in the students' overall success and has established lasting friendships and fond remembrances among its participants."

The E.O.P provides support services to New York State residents who qualify both academically and financially for the program. Using specific admission and financial aid criteria, E.O.P. is offered to students who have demonstrated financial need and the potential to do college work.

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