The Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) was established in 1966 by the State University of New York as the Urban Center in Manhattan, as a result of an act of the New York State Legislature. The MEOC has been funded by the State University of New York University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (UCAWD) and administered by Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York during its entire history.
The MEOC moved from the original location at 109 West 125th Street to facilities in the Theresa Towers at 2090 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. in the fall of 1968. The MEOC is now located in the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office building at 163 West 125th Street.
In 1973, the six Urban Centers in the statewide Urban Center Program merged with the Cooperative College Centers to form Educational Opportunity Centers. The Urban Center in Manhattan became the Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) and retained its mission of providing services to inner-city residents.
For 50 years, the MEOC has provided a variety of educational and training services to eligible candidates. The MEOC is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, transgender, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, alienage or citizenship, partnership status, status as victim of domestic violence, or marital, military, or veteran status.
SUNY Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center
163 West 125th Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10027