TRiO Motherlode Educational Opportunity Center TRiO Motherlode Educational Opportunity Center

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ATTENTION: Until further notice the physical offices of Columbia College campus will be closed, however, all staff are working remotely to serve our community. Please email or call to start your services today!

Please email your area Transition Specialist for assistance.

For Calaveras, and Amador Counties and the city of Modesto:

For Tuolumne, and Mariposa Counties and the city of Oakdale:

We will return your emails within 24-48 hours. Please see our MEOC FAQ's for further information.

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The Mother Lode Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) assists adults in our region to obtain their academic credentials required for economic mobility by providing guidance on how to enter, re-enter, and navigate postsecondary institutions.  MEOC Transition Specialists partner with community agencies (such as Amador – Tuolumne Community Action Agency, Motherlode Job Training, Tuolumne County Public Health, Tuolumne County Schools, Sierra Conservation Center, and many more) throughout our consortium’s service area to provide adults with the following services:

  1. Information regarding the benefits of, and options for, participating in postsecondary education
  2. Support applying for college
  3. Support applying for financial aid
  4. Referral to alternative and adult education programs including GED and ESL programs
  5. Workshops: Goal setting, financial planning, major and career selection, etc.
  6. Connections to services including test prep, tutoring, counseling (academic and personal), etc.

The grant is for approximately $1.2 million dollars ($1,180,000) over 5 years.

ALL SERVICES ARE FREE to enrolled pre-students & students.


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 Please click this button to be directed to a fillable and signable ONLINE MEOC APPLICATION. 

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Please click this link to be directed to the printable MEOC application.

*Applicants who are under the age of 24 and considered "dependent" (for the purposes of FAFSA regulations) need to provide total household size (including all members of the family) & total parent plus applicant (to MEOC services) income on the application, as well as a parent signature. Please see link in the left-hand menu above to help determine whether or not you are considered a dependent (FAFSA regulations used).

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