Central Kansas Educational Opportunity Center

Find your path to educational success at CKEOC!

CKEOC imageAre you an adult, and or Military connected, who has thought about returning to college or perhaps enrolling in college or vocational training for the first time?
Are you at a loss about where to go or how to begin?

The Central Kansas Educational Opportunity Center (CKEOC) has been developed to respond to the increasing educational need of adults. CKEOC is allowed to serve those under the age of 19 due to services of a Talent Search Program not being available within the CKEOC target area. CKEOC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

CKEOC staff can provide assistance in the areas of:

  • Training and education choicesCKEOC Logo
  • Financial aid
  • Admission
  • Career planning
  • Financial literacy

Check out more services and resources available through the CKEOC! Have questions? Call the CKEOC at (620) 793-8164 or send an email. Check out CKEOC images on Flickr!

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to Noon
1 - 4:30 p.m.

About Central Kansas Educational Opportunity Center

The Central Kansas Educational Opportunity Center began offering FREE educational services to Kansas residents in 1998. CKEOC is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Barton Community College is the host institution for CKEOC.

The CKEOC is a TRIO program that evolved from the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, in response to the administration's War on Poverty.

TRIO programs include eight outreach and support programs targeted to help disadvantaged students progress from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.


To determine if you are eligible to receive FREE CKEOC services you must complete an application form. To complete the application form:

  • Stop by our office
  • Fill out the application, then print, sign and bring in your application, or mail it to:

1025 Main
Great Bend, KS 67530

Our Mission 

The Central Kansas Educational Opportunity Center exists to promote educational awareness by helping community members find a pathway in which to identify and meet their educational, personal and career goals.

The CKEOC serves 33 counties, including: Barton, Norton, Graham, Trego, Ness, Phillips, Rooks, Ellis, Rush, Pawnee, Smith, Osborne, Russell, Stafford, Jewell, Mitchell, Lincoln, Ellsworth, Rice, Republic, Cloud, Ottawa, Saline, Washington, Clay, Dickinson, Marshall, Riley, Geary (including Ft. Riley), Pratt, Pottawatomie, Morris, and Wabaunsee. Click on the image below to view larger.

Image of counties served by EOC


Check out the latest CKEOC newsletters!

June-August 2019 
March-May 2019 
August-October 2018 
September-November 2017 
June-August 2017 
March-May 2017 
December 2016-February 2017 
September-November 2016 
June-August 2016 
March-May 2016 
December 2015-February 2016 


Susie Mark Kendall Mary Ray
Project Director
Great Bend
Junction City


Academic Advisor
Great Bend
Data Specialist
Great Bend
Data Specialist
Junction City
JC Coordinator
Academic Advisor
Junction City