University Center for Academic and Workforce Development


The mission of the University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (UCAWD) is to promote the social and economic well-being of the academically and economically underserved residents of the State of New York by developing and maintaining quality academic and workforce training programs and services.

This mission is achieved through collaborative efforts with state, municipal and county agencies, secondary and post-secondary institutions, community based organizations, and business and industry.  Access to post-secondary education, gainful employment, and economic development in local communities is central to this effort.


One of the major components of SUNY’s strategic initiative is to ensure that students in New York State are able to successfully navigate the education pipeline. For various reasons, some students are unable to remain in the pipeline.  The UCAWD assists those students who are sixteen years and older to re-enter the educational mainstream to pursue their education and career goals.

The UCAWD provides access to tuition-free, high quality education and employment training services through the statewide system of Educational Opportunity Centers (EOCs). As post-secondary institutions, EOCs focus on adult, non-traditional students who are academically under-prepared and financially disadvantaged.  The EOC system is comprised of ten EOCs and two Counseling and Outreach Centers located in urban population areas across New York State.  The EOC academic and vocational program offerings promote self-sufficiency, provide intergenerational learning opportunities and support local community development initiatives.  Each EOC focuses on the education and training needs of its region and local community.

The EOCs’ capacity to serve special populations is enhanced by the ATTAIN program. Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN) is a network of technology labs that promote digital parity and inclusion for all eligible New Yorkers. Located in economically-challenged urban and rural communities, ATTAIN provides participants access to computer-based, individualized academic and workforce development training.  The technology labs are placed in communities where residents can have access to the Internet, current hardware, and interactive multimedia software.

Please visit the University Center for Academic and Workforce Development website for additional information.