Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS)
Celebrating 50 years of serving students and families in our communities since 1969.
EOPS is celebrating 50 years and we want to hear your success story!
Whether you are a current or former EOPS student, we want to give you the opportunity
to share your story in the hopes that by sharing in a public way, someone else might
be inspired or helped. All entries submitted by Friday, April 12, 2019, will be considered
for this year’s recognition banquet scheduled for Friday, May 17, 2019. Selected participants
will be notified by Monday, April 15, 2019. Entries submitted after Friday, April
12, 2019, could be feature in other avenues. To submit an entry, click the following
Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) at El Camino College is dedicated
to the delivery of a comprehensive program that encourages the enrollment, retention,
and transfer of students who are challenged by language, social, economic, and educational
EOPS is designed for the purpose of enhancing the success of students in meeting their
educational goals and objectives. As a comprehensive program, EOPS is driven by a
philosophy of providing services that are "over, above and in addition to" services
available to all students. EOPS strives for innovative and creative ways to enhance
and encourage students' academic success and excellence, while fostering the student's
personal growth and development.
EOPS was established in 1969, amidst the struggle for civil rights and racial equality.
Students and community activists held demonstrations to protest the under-representation
of minorities and low-income students in higher education. In response to the social
and political pressure, the state of California passed Senate Bill 164 and amended
the Title 5 regulations, to authorize community colleges to develop the EOPS program
for the purpose of supporting economically and educationally disadvantaged students
in the community college system.
Since then, EOPS has been operating under the philosophy that everyone has the potential
to learn. Necessary support and retention activities were developed to include intensive
counseling, assistance in applying for financial aid, peer mentorship, tutoring, summer
enrichment and retention programs, book services, and special orientations.