Community Services – SUNY WEOC
Workshops for community residents on popular topics
WEOC offers workshops throughout the year on topics that are relevant and of interest to our constituency.
Free tax preparation services under the Earned Income Tax Credit Program
WEOC is the primary site in lower Westchester for tax preparation services under the Earned Income Tax Credit Program, operating in partnership with the Westchester County Office of Workforce Investment. The EITC program provides free tax preparation services to low- to moderate-income members of the community (generally, $39,000 and below) who typically cannot prepare their own tax returns. In FY 2014, the average refund obtained at WEOC was $1,911, and the total of all refunds exceeded $1,200,000.
The EITC program in Westchester depends on volunteer tax-preparers to assist individuals in preparing their forms. No prior experience is needed, and hours are flexible. Training to prepare each year’s federal and state returns is provided free by Westchester County, and the volunteers receive a certificate from the Internal Revenue Service.
WEOC is an official HSE Testing Center approved by the New York State Education Department, and offers the HSE Test to students and community members according to a statewide schedule. The tests are generally administered every two weeks, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 4:45 PM until 9:30 PM. Students are required to attend both nights unless they are retesting for one or two specific sections.
Applications for the HSE test (See Below) must be submitted in advance and can be picked up at WEOC or downloaded from the NYSED.gov web site. Individuals ages 17 or 18 must also fill out the specific application available at the link below and have their school complete the bottom portion. Testing seats must be reserved in advance; we cannot accept walk-ins. Applicants can drop off or send completed applications to WEOC, Attn: HSE Test / Room 709.
On the night of the HSE test all testers must bring government-issued photo identification (license, passport, etc.) two #2 pencils, and a pen. Results are available from Albany in approximately 2-4 weeks. Please call (914)-606-7630 if you need more information.
Voter registration campaigns
WEOC offers applicants the opportunity to register to vote when they apply for enrollment in school. We also conduct independent voter registration drives to promote the participation of under served community residents in the voting process.
College and Career Fair
Community Resource Fair
Community access to computers through our ATTAIN Lab
Advocacy for under served populations at appropriate forums
Presentations at professional conferences and other forums
WEOC personnel are available to present at community forums, conferences and other venues to address education, workforce preparation, and human services concerns of underserved populations.