Miramar College's EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services) is a state-funded program of support services which are designed to be in addition to other services offered by the college. These services are specifically designed for students who are economically and educationally disadvantaged. Students that have participated in our program tend to outperform the general student population at Miramar College. They earn higher grade point averages and complete more of the courses they register for.
EOPS was developed in the 1960's to address the lack of educational equity for minority students in the public school system and in higher education. This was in response to the activism of minority high school and college students, parents, and community leaders. After much turmoil State Assemblyman Alfred Alquis, from San Jose, authored Assembly Bill 164 which established state funding to develop programs that would provide community college access to students who were disadvantaged by social, economic, or linguistic circumstances. For the past 30 years EOPS has been providing those extra services that meet the special needs of disadvantaged students at 108 community colleges. Although the original focus was on minorities, the focus has broadened over the years to include all disadvantaged students. It is recognized that economic and educational disadvantages can affect any student. Thus, EOPS at Miramar College serves students from many different cultures and has students from all ethnic groups.
The purpose of EOPS is to provide students with an opportunity to participate in a community college program of study. It is also the intent of EOPS to provide eligible students with services that may assist them to achieve their educational goal, whether a certificate of completion, an associate degree, or transferring.
To participate in EOPS, you must meet specific eligibility requirements and fulfill certain requirements.
CARE (Cooperative Agencies and Resources for Education) was first established at Imperial Valley College to help single parents who were on welfare (now CalWORKs). If you are interested in this program go to the CARE page.