About Us

Connecting adults with educational opportunities for success.

The Laker Educational Opportunity Center (LEOC) provides information regarding financial and academic assistance available to individuals who desire to pursue a program of post-secondary education; provide assistance to individuals in applying for admission to institutions that offer programs of post-secondary education, including assistance in preparing necessary applications for use by admissions and financial aid officers; and provide information regarding financial and economic literacy to participants.

The goal of the LEOC is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education institutions, and we strive to increase college and financial aid access to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of post-secondary education.

As advocates for access to higher education, we do not promote any one institution. We have over 1,000 participants that enter colleges nationwide if and when they are ready.

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The Team

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Erika Jacqueline Téllez-González


Program Specialist

Erika Jacqueline Téllez-González is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. She completed her bachelor’s degree in economics with an emphasis in Mathematics at National Autonomous University of Mexico. In 1997, she also attended National Autonomous University of Mexico in San Antonio, Texas to study English. It was during that experience when she fell in love with the United States culture.

Erika Tellez-Gonzalez is an educator by vocation. Her passion for serving others through education has kept her at Grand Valley State University since 2008. She first started with TRIO Upward Bound tutoring in Spanish and Mathematics. Later she started with the HEP program at Michigan State University, where she taught the Mathematic class for the GED. She also taught Spanish through the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. Currently, she is a part-time Spanish interpreter for Liaison Linguistics and the Outreaching Specialist for TRIO LEOC.

Erika and her husband moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1998 where they raised a beautiful family with three children; Anamaria 25, Erik 21, and Manuel 18 and three dogs; Buddy 13, Maximiliano 8 and Coby 3. Also, Erika and her husband have owned a company since 2010. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and community, listening to the news, reading books and walking.

Office Address: DEV 466C
Phone: (616) 331-5364
Email: [email protected] 

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