EOPS Extended Opportunity Program & Services
skip to main content

Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS)
EOPS Success Apply to EOPS EOPS Services EOPS Forms EOPS Staff Contact


Celebrating 50 years of serving students and families in our communities since 1969. 

Share Your Success Story

Whether you are graduating in June or returning for the fall, 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. All entries submitted by Friday, March 27, 2020 will be considered for this year’s recognition banquet. Selected participants will be notified by Friday, April 3, 2020.To submit an entry, go to: https://tinyurl.com/speaker20


Mission Statement

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 disadvantages. 

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. 

Program Legacy

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.