Sacramento City College has many programs that helps their students on the pathway towards success. The Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) program is one of the well known options that is offered to students. EOPS is a student support program for academically and economically disadvantaged students. This program is funded by the State of California and Los Rios School District.
To maximize the success rate for any student enrolled in EOPS, they make it easy to meet with a counselor. These counselors will help students with their education plan that will account for all the time they will spend in college. Another benefit to being in EOPS is something called First Priority. For those who does not know what that is, it means that students who are part of EOPS will be able to pick their classes before others. If eligible for EOPS, a student can also receive a financial book assistance for each semester. EOPS even offers a tutoring service if is needed. They also help students process their financial aid packets faster with the help of their own financial aid technicians.
“EOPS is a counseling program and academic plus personal support for those who historically need it the most,” says Kenneth Times, an EOPS counselor. “EOPS provides students with tools plus processes for success.”
EOPS also has a supplementary program called Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE). CARE is aimed more towards single parent students. To be eligible for CARE, a student must be at least 18 years old, be enrolled full time, have at least one child 13 years old or younger, and be currently receiving CalWORKs/TANF. If eligible for CARE, the student will receive a CARE grant that will assist with childcare, transportation, books and supplies.
Programs like these are needed more now than ever. The latest Census shows that over 113,000 children in Sacramento region are currently living in poverty, a 40% increase since the year 2000. Childhood poverty has been proven to correlate with poor academic performance, lower incomes as an adult, and low college attendance and completion rates. However, many children can rise above poverty and achieve financial success later in their life with the help of programs such as Extended Opportunity Program and Services.