The mission of the North Central Educational Opportunity Center (NCEOC) is to be an educational access resource to north central Massachusetts adults who are motivated to change their lives through college enrollment and to inspire and engage them in thinking beyond limitations and obstacles as they strive to achieve their educational and career goals. The NCEOC has been providing free college planning services to adults throughout north central Massachusetts since 2002, and is currently funded through 2016. The NCEOC is a five year, $1,150,000 TRiO grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by Mount Wachusett Community College. Most NCEOC students are low to moderate income adults (age 19 +) who may be the first in their families to attend college. Many seek education or training to begin their careers, re-enter the workforce or simply to increase their earning potential. The NCEOC staff understands adult learners and their concerns. Education Specialists work individually with each student to create a realistic student learning plan that includes choosing a major, choosing a college or program, applying for admission and applying for financial aid and scholarships.