The Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) was legislatively mandated in 1969 with Senate bill 164 (Alquist). This “ social reform” legislation encouraged the California Community Colleges to develop programs and services designed to meet the educational needs of [all students underserved due to] “ language, social and economic [barriers],” these programs and services are to be “ over, above, and in addition to those regularly offered at the college,” and which “ encourage students growth, development, and successful participation” in collegiate life.
At Saddleback College, the EOPS/CARE program is committed to providing over and above student support services such as priority registration, personalized counseling, book vouchers, extended tutoring, scholarships, and much more. Our goal is to provide our EOPS students with the tools and support needed to succeed in academic and/or vocational goals. Further, we strive to promote self-awareness, personal growth, and the power of choice and perseverance through counseling.