EOPS / CARE and calWORKs
Program Director or Chairperson: Janice Johnson
Program Description: Extended Opportunities Program and Services (EOPS)
was established by the State Legislature in 1969 to meet the special needs of
low income, educationally disadvantaged community college students. EOPS
recruits and establishes supportive services to retain historically
underrepresented students in the college. EOPS also administers the Cooperative
Agencies and Resources for Education (CARE) grant which was established in 1991
to assist single parent students with children (under age 14) who also receive
AFDC/CalWORKs or have an active case number with the Department of Social
Services. EOPS and CARE eligible students receive specialized counseling, peer
advising and support services including funds for college text books and
financial grants. Both EOPS and CARE are funded categorically directly from the
State Chancellor's Office. The EOPS/CARE program at Grossmont continues to grow.
Although funded to serve 993 students for the 2003/04 academic year, the
Grossmont College EOPS/CARE programs currently serve over 1500 students which
comprises more than 16% of the full-time Grossmont College student enrollment.
The program is challenged in that it is categorical. Despite increased needs
from students, funding for both programs were reduced by the State Legislature
for the 03/04 academic year. Above cap students are funded through close
collaboration with other campus programs and requests for additional funds that
are allocated from the State Chancellor's Office for documented additional
specific needs such as college text books.
The campus based CalWORKs program provides support to student parents on
welfare, and former welfare recipients who want to upgrade their skills or
complete degrees while employed. The program works in collaboration with the San
Diego County Department of Social Services and their contractors. Students
receive career planning, academic and personal counseling along with direct
referrals to licensed child care and assistance in obtaining important resources
to sustain employment plus college text books college supplies, assistance with
transportation, and child care. Grossmont College CalWORKs serves 300 students
and is among the largest in the San Diego County.
Activity #1: Participate in planning of new offices in proposed Student
Services Gateway building.
Expected Benefit: Better access to services for students.
Activity #2: EOPS Student Retention
Expected Benefit: Maintain overall retention of EOPS students to
90% or higher and therefore positively improve the entire campus retention
particularly with students who may not otherwise succeed. This Student Success
Plan is a formal process of follow up for EOPS students on probation or
identified as high-risk.
Activity #3: Conduct EOPS Summer Readiness Program.
Expected Benefit: Assist spring High School graduates with their
transition to college while enhancing their academic success. Identify 40
graduating high school seniors, who are historically under-represented at the
college, for full-time summer participation with the goal of 30 continuing the
following fall in the campus Project Success Program and EOPS.
Activity #4: Develop a system of intervention for EOPS students who are
undecided about their educational goal or college major.
Expected Benefit: Reduce from 20% to 10% students in EOPS who
indicate their educational goal is undecided. EOPS has developed the process to
update all participating students’ major and educational goals each semester.
The next step is to develop a process for follow-up and intervention.
Activity #5: Increase counselor time for Grossmont College CalWORKs
Expected Benefit: Better access for students in academic planning
and career preparation.
Additional Planning Activities
2003 – 2004 Accomplishments
- Develop and implement utilization of electronic delivery systems to provide
and expand EOPS/CalWORKs student services, including an EOPS and CalWORKs
student list serve.
- Implement methods for web based mid-semester progress reports.
- Establish a system for document imaging of all student files.
- Expand outreach to 7th and 8th grade students and their parents. Focus on
academic preparation for college and financial resources.
- Expand community collaborations to benefit students participating in CalWORKs
and to expand community outreach to potential college students.
- Successfully merged EOPS/CARE and CalWORKs offices, staff and programs.
- Completed an office reorganization to better serve students
- Served over 300 CalWORKs students in the areas of counseling and academic
advising, job development, work study and childcare.
- Summer 2003, EOPS developed the first Summer Readiness program. 32 students
enrolled with 31 completing. A remarkable 30 enrolled full-time in the fall 2003
- The EOPS Specialist position is a staff member who has extraordinary skills in
online systems and web development. The program was able to enhance many systems
of delivery for both students and staff due to her expertise.
- The EOPS/CARE program added resources for current and potential students to
the EOPS Web Site including useful links, applications, and community resources.