The Educational Opportunity Center (E.O.C.) was implemented in the fall of 2002 by the Harlem Center for Education, and is funded through a U.S. Department of Education TRIO Program Grant. For the past 6 years the E.O.C. has been providing educational and college access services to adults who are low-income and potential first-generation college students in the East Harlem community. All programs and services provided are FREE.

Paula J. Martin
Executive Director Harlem Center for Education

(212) 348-2762

David Perez
EOC Director

(212) 348-2762

David Perez joined the Educational Opportunity Center in September 2007. As Project Director he oversees budget, fundraising, reporting to funding authorities, developing and maintaining partnerships with community-based organizations, participant recruitment, and all E.O.C services. David has also served as both Educational Advisor and Assistant Director at the E.O.C. His main areas of expertise include financial aid, college admissions and post-secondary education transition for adults. David holds a B.A. in History from the State University of New York at Albany and a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University.


James Ruffin
EOC Assistant Director



Jane Adamo
EOC / G.E.D. Instructor

(212) 348-2762

Jane Adamo joined the E.O.C. in October 2011. As GED Instructor and Educational Advisor Jane is responsible for teaching our GED classes, developing curriculum and lesson plans, and test preparation. Jane has extensive knowledge and experience in adult education and has served as a teacher coach for adult educators, as well as written articles on effective teaching methods. Prior to becoming an adult educator, Jane had a career as a copywriter in the advertising field. Jane holds a B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College at Columbia University and and holds New York State certifications in Adult Literacy Education and Secondary School English, as well as New York City certification as a GED Teacher Coach.