About EOPS and CARE

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)

The EOPS program is a state-funded program of support services which are designed to be above and beyond the scope of other services offered by the college.

These services are specifically designed for students who are economically and educationally disadvantaged.

History of EOPS

In 1969, the late State Senator Alfred Alquist (D-San Jose) authored Assembly Bill 164/69, which allocated state funds to create the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) in the California Community College system. This legislation made available state funding to develop programs which would provide community college access to thousands of students disadvantaged by social, economic or linguistic circumstances.

Almost four decades later, EOPS is still serving over 100,000 eligible EOPS students in 114 community college campuses across the State of California.

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

The CARE Program (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education) is an affiliate program of EOPS designed to support the special needs of a single parent recipient of AFDC, TANF, or CalWORKS, 18 years of age or older, head of household, with one or more children, 13 years of age or younger.