EOPS is a state-funded program designed to recruit and retain students who are economically and educationally disadvantaged. EOPS assists students in the development of their potential ability through academic support and financial assistance. The services of EOPS are designed to give students individualized attention and support to improve their chances for success.
The Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) Program was legislatively mandated in 1969 with the passage of SB 164 (Alquist). This “social reform”legislation encouraged the California Community Colleges to develop programs and services designed to meet the educational needs of [all] students handicapped by “language, social and economic disadvantages,” these programs and services to be “over, above, and in addition to those regularly offered at the college,” and which “encourage student growth, development, and successful participation” in collegiate life. The Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) Program [a multi-agency program sponsored by the State of California Department of Social Services, the State Employment Development Department and the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges], was established in 1982 as a supplemental component of EOPS to provide educational support services and activities for the academically underprepared, welfare-dependent, single head-of-household population.
Our mission is accomplished through:
• ACCESS: EOPS/CARE programs should assume responsibility to increase the number and percentage of students enrolled who are affected by language, social, and economic disadvantages consistent with State and local matriculation policies;
• RETENTION: EOPS/CARE programs should continue to lead community college efforts to implement programs and services which increase the number and percent of EOPS and CARE students who successfully complete their chosen educational objectives;
• TRANSITION: EOPS/CARE programs should support college efforts to increase the number and percentage of EOPS and CARE students who are successfully placed into career employment or who transfer to four-year institutions following completion of the related educational programs by students enrolled therein.
1. ROLE MODELS: To have a diverse staff of dedicated, well-qualified, culturally aware individuals with the ability to accommodate, inspire, and motivate students.
2. QUALITY: To provide the best quality of services that our resources will allow.
3. COUNSELING: To (1) provide each student with meaningful academic, personal, and career counseling, including recommended remediation, as needed; and (2) develop an educational plan for each student that is appropriate and realistic, based upon institutional assessment results.
4. EVALUATION: To evaluate the effects of program activities on student performance and progress towards their stated goals.
5. RESOURCE AWARENESS: To ensure that all students (1) are aware of campus and community resources/services; and (2) receive information and referrals to relevant programs and services both on- and off-campus.
6. REPRESENTATION: To have representation on campus committees, especially hiring committees and those that recommend policy and procedure.
7. ADVOCACY: To advocate for students handicapped by language, social and economic disadvantages.
8. STUDENT DEVELOPMENT: To foster students’ increased self-confidence as we help them develop skills to become responsible members and leaders of a diverse society.
9. PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT: To assist the District to improve the delivery of current programs and services to disadvantaged students while developing new programs and services, as needed.
10. TEAM ENVIRONMENT: To maintain a cooperative working environment which will facilitate personal and professional development, and which allows each staff member: (1) to be accepted for his or her own individuality of ideas; (2) the opportunity to work as a member of a team; (3) acceptance as an equal partner in our attempts to realize program goals; and (4) the opportunity to offer input relative to program direction and focus.
Location: Main Campus, SAS Room 281
Phone: (530) 895-2555