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EOPS Summer Institute Program


Mission Statement

The EOPS Summer Institute Program is designed to assist first-year students in making a successful transition from high school to college. The intensive six-week program prepares incoming freshmen for the rigors of college through the acquisition of the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in college.  SIP gives entering freshmen the opportunity to get a head-start on their academic career at Grossmont College and persist towards a timely graduation or transfer goal.

The goals of the Summer Institute Program are:

1.      Community Building:  To create a sense of community among students in order to increase student retention.

2.      Cultural Competency: To increase cultural sensitivity for students in order to identify present day issues that affect studentís success.

3.       Academic Competency:  Help students gain knowledge of college success skills that will help them be successful with their academic goals.


Student Learning Outcomes

As a result of the Summer Institute Program, students will be able to:

1.      Describe how the program has increased their sense of belonging at the college and with students, and staff.

2.      Describe how their motivation and self-confidence has increased in relation to their ability to succeed in college.

3.      Describe how the program addressed various environmental challenges that could have interfered with their ability to attend college.

4.      List various college success skills learned in the program such as interdependence, time management, accepting personal responsibility, and emotional intelligence.


What are the BENEFITS?

Summer Institute Program (Summer 2014)


  • Free school supplies

  • Textbooks provided

  • Free lunch

  • Intensive counselor and instructor support leading to college success

  • Financial aid support

  • Continued support in EOPS

  • Priority registration for Fall classes

  • Meet new people and make college connections

  • BBQs

  • Softball game

  • Field trip to Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles



What are the SUMMER courses?




ENGL 105 - College Reading

Days: Monday - Thursday          Time: 8:30am - 10:25am


This is a College Reading course aimed at developing a higher reading speed, better comprehension, academic vocabulary development, and more efficient study methods. This program is designed to provide exposure and experience in the essentials of college reading.




COUN120 - College and Career Success

Days: Monday - Thursday          Time: 11:30am - 1:25pm


This is a College and Career Success course aimed at addressing topics such as managing time, studying for tests, improving memory, managing stress, and understanding your learning style. Additional success topics include exploring motivation and attitudes, developing creativity, improving communications and relationships, and maintaining optimum health. Discover your values, interests, aptitudes and personal strengths in order to plan your education and a successful career.



What do I need to do?


1. Apply for admission at:

    and select the "Apply for Admission" link. If you are a current high

    school senior please indicate you are a high school graduate.

    (Wait 24hrs before completing step #3)


2. Contact us by email at


   Click and fill out a SIP INTEREST CARD

   Once you fill out a SIP Interest Card, mail it to:

   Grossmont College

   EOPS Office

   Attn: Pearl Lopez

   8800 Grossmont College

   El Cajon, CA 92020-1799


3. Complete the 2012-2013 Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOGW) at: and click on "WebAdvisor." Once you

    have logged into your "WebAdvisor" account, go to the "Financial Aid"

    link and then click on "Grossmont College Financial Aid." Finally, click

    on "APPLY FOR ENROLLMENT FEE WAIVER" and the system will

    walk you through the process.

        Fee Waiver Income Standards


4. Schedule your English and Math assessments by calling (619) 644-7200

    to schedule an appointment. When scheduling appointments with the

     Assessment Center please state that you are with the EOPS

     Summer Institute Program so they can better assist you. 


5. The completion of the 2013-2014 (to receive summer 2014 financial

    aid) and the 2014-2015 FAFSA is a vital step to ensure maximum

    financial assistance. Go to


SIP Staff


Michael Perez - EOPS/CARE, CalWORKs Chair/Coordinator

Pearl Lopez - SIP Coordinator

Raquel Sojourner - SIP Assistant Coordinator



Once you have been accepted in to the SIP Program,

it is MANDATORY that you attend the SIP Orientation



  • Meet with your instructors

  • Guided tour to your classroom

  • Meet your classmates!!!


Date:       TBD (To Be Determined)

Time:       TBD (To Be Determined)

Location: TBD (To Be Determined)



Email us at

Call the EOPS Office at 619-644-7000 Ext. 3771

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