Extended Opportunity Program and Services
What is EOPS?
Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) is a program that is designed to assist low-income and educationally disadvantaged students achieve their educational and career goals at the Compton Center. EOPS encourages the enrollment, retention, graduation, and transfer of students who are challenged by language, social, economic, and educational disadvantages. It provides eligible students with various services.
EOPS Eligibility Requirements:
- California resident or qualify under the CA Dream Act
- Enroll in 12 units or more at El Camino College Compton Center
- Completed less than 70 degree applicable units
- Demonstrate financial need by qualifying for a for a Board of Governor's Fee Waiver
Students must also have an educational need in one of the following areas:
- Placement scores below English 1A or Math 73
- A non- high school graduate
- High school graduate with GPA below 2.5
- Prior enrollment in remedial courses
- Other factors as determined by the EOPS Director
- Submit an EOPS Application
- Complete an EOPS Mutual Responsibility Contract (MRC)
- Complete a Student Educational Plan
- Maintain academic progress towards a certificate, associate degree, or transfer goal
- Attend EOPS Orientation
- Submit Academic Progress Reports every semester
- Meet with an EOPS Counselor two times per semester
- Maintain a semester GPA of 2.0
- Complete at least 67% of coursework each semester
Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education
What is CARE?
Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) is a state-funded program designed to provide educational and career services and activities for the academically under-prepared students receiving cash aid assistance.
CARE is a supplemental component, a support program of EOPS (Extended Opportunity Program and Services) at the Compton Center. Students must meet both EOPS and CARE eligibility criteria to be eligible for CARE.
To qualify for CARE you must meet ALL of the following requirements:
- All EOPS eligibility requirements
- Child and parent or child is a recipient of CalWORKs/TANF/ (cash aid)
* Students who receive GAIN services and/ or are current CalWORKs students can receive EOPS/CARE
- At least 18 years of age
- Single head of household
- You must have one child under the age of 14
Required with CARE application:
- A copy, not original, of current Verification of Benefits that is dated within 30 days of submission
- A copy, not original, of youngest dependent's birth certificate
- Must meet all EOPS student's responsibilities.
The Story Behind
the Nickel and the Nail
The story goes that a young man, years ago in the deep South, walking down a long, unpaved, dusty road to visit
his lady friend was all too aware that he had but a nickel in his pocket and that his self-esteem would be questioned if he
were unable to indicate that he was a man of means. Noticing two gnarled horseshoe nails lying by the side of the road, he
picked them up and put them in his pocket. As he jingled these ferrous objects together with his meager fortune, he walked
a little bit straighter and with a little more pride and dignity.
Similarly, the EOPS endeavors to enhance self-esteem, foster pride and dignity, and motivate those whom the program
serves, enabling them to more effectively define and pursue career goals. It is important that they too have "something to
jingle". Further, the nails are twisted into a puzzle, suggesting that the complete enigma has still yet to be unraveled for
helping those who, through societal circumstances, have been limited in successfully meeting their educational challenge.