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College offers support to adult learners

SAN MARCOS — Adults interested in pursuing higher education can find help at the Palomar College North County Educational Opportunity Center, or NCEOC, with offices at both the college’s San Marcos and Escondido campuses.
Funded through the U.S. Department of Education, NCEOC provides support to qualified individuals who want to obtain their GED, or need help applying for college admission and financial aid. All services are free.
To be eligible for NCEOC services, a person is required to be at least 19 years of age, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and live in the Escondido, Fallbrook, Ramona, San Marcos, and/or Vista areas.
“Some of the clients of NCEOC are the first in their families to go to college, and do not have access to information about or are not familiar with the college application process,” San Marcos NCEOC Outreach Coordinator Marti Snyder said. “Through presentations in the community, and/or one-to-one meetings with students and prospective students, we walk them through the steps they need to take, helping with filling out forms and applications, applying for financial aid, etc.”
Snyder said NCEOC also helps connect people to other student support services the college offers to help students succeed.
“Since 2002, NCEOC has helped over 8,000 students realize their dreams of continuing their education,” Snyder said.
To contact the NCEOC, call (760) 744-1150, ext. 2434 (San Marcos), or ext. 8110 (Escondido). More information is available at