Extended Opportunity Programs and Services


Extended Opportunity Programs and Services

WELCOME TO THE EOPS/CARE Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOP&S) & Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) Our mission is to provide support to educationally and economically disadvantaged students that help them pursue and achieve their educational goals.  We offer a number of services to students in order to promote personal and professional growth.

History

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is a state-funded program whose roots originated from the 1960s civil rights movement, when awareness of the needs for social equity in every facet of life could no longer be ignored.  The program was conceived as a way to help those who were both educationally and economically disadvantaged to successfully create a future through educational and life-skills development. The Senate Bill 164 was introduced by State Senator Al Alquist in January of 1969.  The bill was signed into law by Governor Ronald Reagan on September 4, 1969 urging to launch EOPS within the California Community College system.  The intent was to provide “over, above, and in addition to” the college services to at-risk college students. The first EOPS programs were established in spring-1970 at 46 community colleges. Today, EOPS exists at all 112 community colleges in California.  The EOPS program began at Contra Costa College in 1970.

EOPS Eligibility

EOPS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Be a resident of California or (qualify as AB-540).
  • Enrolled in at least 12 units or more.
  • Have not completed more than70 degree-applicable units.
  • Qualify for a Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW).
  • Be educationally disadvantaged as determined by EOPS.
  • Have completed College Assessment (Math, English, ESL)
  • Complete an EOPS application and provide additional documentation if needed.  Application form PDF.

EOPS/CARE APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Complete CCC Admissions Application (Admissions & Records Office)
  2. Take the college English/ESL and Math Assessment (Assessment Office)
  3. Attend the College Orientation (Counseling)
  4. Apply for the BOG Fee Waiver and/or the FAFSA Application (Financial Aid Office)
  5. Enroll in at least 12 units (full-time student unless in DSPS program)
  6. Include a copy of transcripts from other colleges/universities previously attended.
  7. Complete an EOPS/CARE application (see schedule for pre-screening times)
  8. Include a copy of your Permanent Resident Card (if not a U.S. Citizen)
  9. Attend an EOPS/CARE New Student Application Intake and Orientation Workshop (TBA)

*Space is limited in the EOPS program each semester.  Applications are processed on a first-come/ first-serve basis.  You MUST complete all steps listed above before we can process your application.  You will be notified via EMAIL about your EOPS/CARE application status. EOPS SERVICES EOPS can assist you with:

  • Academic, Transfer, Career, Vocational and Personal counseling
  • Priority Registration
  • EOPS Scholarships*
  • EOPS-Book Support*
  • Tutorial Referral Services
  • Parking Permit*
  • Four-Year University Fieldtrips
  • Cap and Gown*
  • UC/CSU Application Fee Waiver
  • Education Grants*
  • Summer Academy
  • Educational Workshops

* Availability based upon State Funding.

CARE History

CARE HISTORY In 1982, the State of California established the Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program in the California Community Colleges as “a unique educational program geared toward the welfare recipient who desires job-relevant education to break the dependency cycle” (Assembly Bill 3103, Hughes, Statutes of 1982, Chapter 1029). Presently, 110 accredited colleges in all 72 districts of the California Community College system offer CARE programs and services annually to more than 11,000 students who are single heads of household who seek a viable continued public assistance for personal and family support. CARE is the only state-funded program of its kind nationwide. As a supplemental component of EOPS, CARE provides educational support services designed for the academically underprepared, low income, single parent population. Grants and allowances for educationally-related expenses (such as child care, transportation, textbooks, and supplies) may be awarded as a means of strengthening the retention, persistence, graduation, and transfer rates of these individuals. Students participating in CARE may choose vocational certificate or license, associate, or transfer program options. TO QUALIFY FOR CARE SERVICES YOU MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS 

  • Be EOPS Eligible
  • Be at least 18 years of age or older
  • Be a single parent/head of household
  • Currently receiving cash aid benefits from the County Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD) for yourself or a child age 13 or younger
  • Have a child or children 13 years of age or younger

 SERVICES

  • Academic, Career, and Personal Counseling
  • Educational workshops
  • Educational Supplies*
  • CARE Grants*
  • CARE Retreat

CARE APPLICATION PROCESS If you are a single parent and currently receiving cash aid benefits from the county, please ask the EOPS/CARE staff for more information and complete the following forms:

  1. Agency Verification Form (untaxed income) Click here to download the CARE FORM.

*Availability Based upon State Funding. 

Current EOPS Students

Counseling Appointments Current EOPS/CARE students must meet with an EOPS/CARE counselor at least three times per semester according to the schedule provided by the EOPS office. Fall EOPS Counseling Appointments qSeptember should be your 1st appt. qOctober should be your 2nd appt. qNovember should be your 3rd appt. Spring EOPS Counseling Appointments qFebruary should be your 1st appt. qMarch should be your 2nd appt. qApril should be your 3rd appt. Summer EOPS Counseling Appointment Students who enroll in summer classes must meet with an EOPS/CARE Counselor either in June or July prior to the end of summer session. Academic Progress Report The EOPS/CARE progress report is a form that you take to each one of your instructors to complete in order to find out your progress in your classes in a given semester.  The progress report will provide you with an evaluation of how you are doing in the courses that you are enrolled in. You are required to complete one progress report in the fall semester and one in the spring semester.  After you complete your progress report, you must hand deliver it to the EOPS/CARE Office by the due date. Where do I get a progress report?

  • You may pick up the progress report form at the EOPS Office or you may download it from the EOPS/CARE Website during the Academic progress report period.

Priority Registration As an EOPS student, you are required to register during the priority registration date that is given to you by the EOPS Office.  Priority registration gives you the opportunity to enroll for your classes before the rest of the campus.  For your priority registration dates, you will receive an e-mail from the EOPS Office or you can retrieve your date by logging in to InsitePortal/WebAdvisor.

EOPS Summer Academy

EOPS/CARE SUMMER ACADEMY The EOPS/CARE Summer Academy is sponsored and administered by the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS). EOPS/CARE is a state-funded support program that assists low-income and educationally disadvantaged students with pursing and achieving their educational and career goals. PURPOSE

  • The purpose of this academy is to assist high school seniors and re-entry students transition into higher education. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for college level academic studies.  The content of the course will consist of basic English and Math skills, and self-development for college success.  Counseling services and educational fieldtrips will also be included.

GRADUATION

  • The EOPS/CARE Summer Academy graduation will be held at the end of the term. Students will be allowed to invite their families to witness their achievements and enjoy the festive celebration. Refreshments will be served.

*Availability Based upon State Funding.

Contact EOPS/CARE Office

Students Services Center, Room 102  (510) 215-3948 or (510) 215-3949   EOPS/CARE STAFF:   Vicki Ferguson Dean of Student Services/EOPS/CARE Manager, (510) 215-3921 VFerguson@contracosta.edu   Najia Azizi EOPS/CARE Coordinator/Counselor, (510) 215-3906 NAzizi@contracosta.edu   Kenneth Reynolds Student Services Support Coordinator (Outreach), (510) 215-3942 KReynolds@contracosta.edu   Sarn Saepharn EOPS Program Assistant, (510) 215-3940 SSaepharn@contracosta.edu   Chau Tran EOPS/CARE Program Assistant, (510) 215-3939 CTran@contracosta.edu   Dionne Perez EOPS/CARE Counselor, (510) 215-3911 DPerez@contracosta.edu   Rodney Webster Part-time EOPS/CARE Counselor RoWebster@contracosta.edu   Carlos Romero Part-time EOPS/CARE Counselor CRomero@contracosta.edu   Jesekah Odom Part-time EOPS/CARE Counselor JOdom@contracosta.edu   PART-TIME/HOURLY STAFF(S) Culoz (Cookie) Davis, (510) 215-3949   STUDENT WORKER(S) Daniella Dane Charmaign Holmes Cassandra Dadat

FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION   How long can I participate in the EOPS Program? You can participate in the EOPS program as long as you meet all of the EOPS semester eligibility requirements according to the EOPS Mutual Responsibility Contract. In order to remain eligible for the EOPS program, you must maintain good standing each semester.  You will be part of the EOPS program until one of the following occurs:

  • You have reached 70 degree-applicable units (Note: The 70 unit maximum includes cumulative units from any college or university you have previously attended, even if you have changed your major).
  • You have been in the EOPS program for six consecutive semesters (summer sessions do not count towards your six semester time limit) and if you are a DSPS student, you have up to twelve semester time limits).
  • Why is there a 70 unit limit for being in EOPS? Does it apply even if I have not yet reached my educational goal?
  • The EOPS State Guidelines are designed to help those students with little or no college experience.  Once you have reached 70 cumulative degree applicable units, even if you have not completed your major, you have demonstrated success at the college level.  Because EOPS is an impacted program with limited number of spaces, the state limits how long students can remain in the program so that spaces can open up for eligible new students who can benefit from EOPS services.

What are the EOPS requirements during summer session? For students who choose to attend summer session, the following requirements must be completed:

  • If funding allows for summer book grants and you would like to receive this service, you must enroll in at least 4.0 units for the summer session.
  • Must maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher.
  • Complete one scheduled EOPS counseling appointment
  • Note: Summer session is optional and you do not have to enroll in summer courses to maintain EOPS eligibility.

Can I buy my books online or at a store other than the CCC Book Center?

  • Book-grants can only be used at the CCC Bookstore only.

Can I use my book voucher to buy school supplies?     No What can I do while I am waiting for my book-grant?

  • If you are unable to purchase your text-books without a book-grant, we suggest borrowing or sharing a textbook with a classmate or checking whether a reserve copy is available in the library.

​What is the purpose of the progress report?

  • The progress report is designed to provide EOPS students with valuable feedback on their academic performance in a given semester.  By getting feedback from instructors in the middle of the semester, students will have time to seek help if necessary in order to prevent failing one or more courses.  It allows instructors to intervene with students who are struggling and recognize those who are excelling. EOPS counselors also use the progress reports to get a complete picture of the student’s academic performance so they can better advise students during their counseling sessions.

How do I complete my progress report if I have an online class?

  • For online classes, ask your instructors to access an online version of the progress report or you ask your instructor for an evaluation via email, and attach the evaluation to the progress report before you submit it.

​Do I have to complete a progress report for all my classes?     Yes How many times per semester do I have to complete a progress report?

  • You are only required to complete an EOPS progress report for each of your classes once per semester. However, some students may choose to do a second progress report to continue to monitor their progress in each of their classes.

How/when should I approach my instructor about completing my progress report?

  • The best way to complete your Academic Progress Report is to see your instructor during her/his office hours when they have more time to discuss your progress and give you the best feedback.  Interrupting the instructor in the middle of the class or trying to squeeze in time before or after class when she/he might be in a hurry is not the best way to complete your progress report.  You should introduce yourself to your instructors at the beginning of the semester and let them know that you are an EOPS student so that they know ahead of time that as an EOPS student, you will need them to complete a progress report.

 

  • How do I get back into good standing with the EOPS program?
  • Students can get back into good standing by completing all EOPS semester requirements during the semester that they are on alert.

What happens if I cannot get back into good standing?

  • If you are unable to complete all EOPS semester requirements and do not get back into good standing with EOPS, you will be notified via e-mail that you will be exited from the EOPS program. You will need to wait one year before you can re-apply to the EOPS program.  You must complete one academic year of courses with a GPA of 2.0 or better prior to reapplying to the EOPS program.  Spaces are limited, so your acceptance in the program when you re-apply is not guaranteed.