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EOPS Summer Institute Program (SIP)


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SIP Mission Statement

The EOPS Summer Institute Program (SIP) is designed to assist first-year students in making a successful transition from high school to college. The intensive six-week program prepares incoming Grossmont College 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.

SIP 2018 Application

Our 2018 application is now open! Please find our application here

To submit your application: 

Send an email with your attached application to: with subject line SIP 2018 Application.


Mail it directly to: 

Attn: Summer Institute Program
C/O EOPS Department
8800 Grossmont College Drive
El Cajon, Ca 92020
You will receive a confirmation email within 48 business hours of the received date. 
Please note:
  1. SIP will REQUIRE a Summer 2018 Grossmont application. If you have submitted a Fall 2018 Grossmont admissions application, you will need to resubmit one & select the Summer 2018 term. 
  1. For Financial Aid Assistance for SIP Summer 2018, please make sure to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA or DREAM Act Application.

SIP Goals

  1. Community Building:  To create a sense of community and fellowship among students in order to increase student retention.
  2. Cultural Competency: To increase cultural sensitivity for students in order to identify and overcome present day issues that affect student’s success.
  3. Academic Competency:  Help students gain knowledge of college success skills that will help them be successful with their academic goals.

SIP 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 and alleviates various financial challenges that could have interfered with their ability to participate in SIP and attend their first semester in college.
  4. List various college success skills learned in the program such as interdependence, time management, accepting personal responsibility, and emotional intelligence.

How can this benefit me?

  • Free school supplies
  • Textbook loans during 6-week period
  • Free lunch
  • Intensive Counselor and Instructor support leading to college success
  • Financial Aid support
  • Continued EOPS support during the school year (for those students who qualify)
  • Priority registration for Fall 2018 classes
  • Meet new people and make college connections
  • BBQs
  • Softball game
  • UCLA Campus Tour

How do I choose my SIP classes?

Once you have been accepted into the program, we will manually enroll you on the first day of class into the following classes:

  • English 105 OR English 110 (based on assessment results): This is a College Reading course aimed at developing a higher reading speed, better comprehension, and more efficient study methods.
  • Counseling 120:  This is a College and Career Success course aimed at addressing topics such as managing time, studying for tests and improving memory, managing stress, and understanding your learning style. 

SIP Staff

SIP Coordinator - Lina Kern

Program Specialist - Maria De La Cruz

Student Ambassador: Carlos Espinoza

SIP Orientation

ONCE YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE SIP PROGRAM, IT IS MANDATORY THAT YOU ATTEND THE SIP ORIENTATION. Failure to attend will disqualify the participant from the program. You will meet with your instructors, attend a guided tour to your classrooms, and meet your classmates!

Orientation date: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Orientation time: 9:00 am
Orientation Location: Grossmont College

Contact Us

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Last Updated: 03/02/2018

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