Central California Educational Opportunity Center
Meet Our Staff
Jenny Amaro, MPA
Jenny Amaro graduated from Roosevelt High School then went on to earn an Associate of Arts from Fresno City College. After receiving her Associate's she transferred to Fresno State where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and a minor in Psychology and later in life; she obtained her Master's Degree in Public Administration from Fresno State. She grew up within a poor, farm worker family with Spanish as her first language and was the first in her family to go to college and earn a degree. She has applied her knowledge and skills within education, social service, and workforce development fields to help our communities thrive.
In 2007, she began with Educational Opportunity Center to ensure equitable access to higher education for underrepresented adults to help them reach their educational goals. She became director of EOC in 2011 providing oversight of the program's delivery of high quality services.
"Though life may have gotten in the way of going to college or getting a degree, don't let that stop you. It only takes desire and the first step because we are here to help you on your journey to reach your educational goals. Give us a call." - Jenny Amaro
Eli Garcia has been with the Educational Opportunity Center for 10 years. He grew up in Del Rey, California, just southeast of Fresno. At an early age he helped his family by working as a Farm Laborer, picking everything from chili peppers to tomatoes. He graduated from Sanger High School and with the advice of loved ones he realized college was not out of his reach. He went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree from Fresno State. He is a first-generation college graduate from a family of nine siblings.
"I feel privileged to have the opportunity to empower future college students to pursue their dreams and blessed to work with students in creating that pathway to success. TRIO IT WORKS." - Eli Garcia
Veronica Vargas, MA
Veronica Vargas obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and a Master's Degree in Education, Counseling and Student Services from Fresno State. She has over 17 years of experience working with non-traditional students providing assistance and guidance with admissions, academic, financial aid, and career advising. Her passion is to help others see college as a viable goal and provide assistance on their educational journeys. Her passion comes from her own experience as a college student and the many challenges she overcame to get her degrees.
"I am always ready to listen and help, call or email me to see how I can help you." - Veronica Vargas