EOPS – Extended Opportunity Programs & Services
Welcome to EOPS!
Getting through college may not always be easy. Whether you are planning to transfer, working towards an Associate Degree, Certificate, or just picking up some valuable work skills, the Copper Mountain College EOPS/CARE program is here to support you in achieving your educational goals.
What is EOPS?
EOPS is a state-funded program serving the academically and financially disadvantaged student with counseling and other support services to ensure completion of educational goals. Student success is our number one priority. EOPS assists eligible students to reach their goals through academic, personal and transfer counseling, a book service program for books, and other services.
How do I qualify?
- You must be a California Resident
- You must enroll in a minimum of 12 units
- Have completed less than 70 degree applicable college units
- You must apply for financial aid and qualify for a BOG A or B fee waiver
- You must be educationally disadvantaged, as determined by EOPS criteria
What services does EOPS offer?
- Individualized Academic, Transfer and Personal Counseling
- Priority Registration
- 4 California State University and 4 University of California application fee waivers
- Assistance with acquisition of books through the Book Service, Book Loan, and Book Exchange Programs
- Transfer Assistance
- Backpack and Supply Kit
- Parking permit
- Academic Awards banquet for students with a GPA above 3.0
- Letters of Recommendation
- Cap and Gown Purchase for Graduation
What other programs are within EOPS?
The Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program provides services to students who are single head of household with a dependent(s) who is under the age of 18 years old. The CARE program works in conjunction with EOPS to provide support to CalWORKs students. CARE Webpage
The CalWORKs Program is a partnership with Copper Mountain College and the Department of Social Services to serve Welfare-to-Work recipients who are currently receiving CalWORKs cash aid. The college’s CalWORKs program offers an array of supportive services designed to assist students obtain the educational level they require to transition off of welfare and ultimately achieve long-term self-sufficiency. CalWORKs webpage
How do I apply?
- Come in to the EOPS/CalWORKs Counter or go online for an application and return it to the EOPS/CalWORKs Counter
- For Fall – April 1st to April 30th
- For Spring – November 1st to November 21st — APPLICATION
- Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.ed.gov
How do I know I’m accepted?
Your application will not be processed until we have received all required documents. Once your completed application is received and has been processed, you will receive an email from EOPS notifying you of your acceptance or denial.
EOPS Progress Report – For Students
The Progress Report process is designed for your success. It will help you build relationships with your instructors and address any academic issues you may be having earlier in the semester. Every semester, you are required to do the following with the Progress Report(s):
- The progress report can be found on our website or at the EOPS/CalWORKs Counter located in Student Services.
- Take the Progress Report(s) to your instructors mid-semester (Dates are announced during Orientation), and explain why you need the progress report completed.
- If you are enrolled in an online class, you may print your grades from Canvas, e-mail the form to your instructor and have them complete the entire form and e-mail it back to you or visit your instructor during office hours to have the form completed.
- Once your progress report has been completed, please bring the completed progress report to the EOPS/CalWORKs Counter. When you have turned them all in make an appointment to see the counselor.
EOPS Progress Report FAQ – For Faculty
What is the purpose of the progress report?
The progress report is designed to provide EOPS students with valuable feedback on their academic performance. By receiving feedback from instructors in the middle of the course, students will have time to seek tutoring or other resources to continue their success. It allows instructors to intervene with students who are struggling and recognize those who are excelling. EOPS counselors also use the progress reports to get a complete picture of the student’s academic performance so they can better advise students.
How many times a semester do I need to complete a progress report for one student?
Once per semester, EOPS students are required to complete one EOPS progress report for each of their classes. However, some students may choose to complete a second progress report to continue to monitor their progress in their classes.
Do students need to complete a progress report for all their classes?
Yes. We require students to complete progress reports for every class they are enrolled in.
When will students start coming to have their progress reports filled out?
It is recommended that students complete progress reports approximately midway through the course. For full-term classes this means in the middle of the semester or after a first paper or exam. For short-term/late-start classes, the midpoint of the course may vary.
I teach an online class, how do I submit a student’s progress report?
For online classes, the student should email you requesting that you complete an EOPS progress report for them. You may access an online version of the progress report at (EOPS Progress Report ). The student may also attach the form in the e-mail request to you. Please forward the progress report back to the student.
How do students receive credit for their progress report once I fill it out? Is there anything I need to do?
It is the student’s responsibility to submit completed progress reports to the EOPS Office for review and feedback. Instructors are not expected to do anything with the progress report apart from filling them out.
What are the consequences for the students if they do not complete a progress report?
Progress reports are a mandatory requirement for EOPS students to maintain good standing in the EOPS program. Students who fail to complete this requirement could be in jeopardy of loosing their EOPS Services.
EOPS is committed to the academic success of its students. Thank you for your participation and assistance in making the EOPS progress report a useful intervention tool.
Frequently Asked Questions about EOPS
Do I have to attend EOPS Orientation?
Yes. All EOPS students must attend an orientation to sign the EOPS Contract, paperwork, and to be eligible to receive the book service.
What happens if a student has to withdraw from school?
Sometimes, our students find they have to withdraw from school for one reason or another. If this situation occurs, the student should set up an exit appointment with an EOPS counselor and return all EOPS books purchased by EOPS to the EOPS Office. The appointment enables the student to leave in good standing with EOPS. When the student returns, he/she will be accepted into the EOPS program based on continued BOG A or B eligibility.
What can a student do if he/she is having a problem?
If a student is having school or personal issues, he/she needs to see an EOPS counselor or EOPS staff person. We are here to help. Students who stay in touch with EOPS staff, and keep appointments with an EOPS counselor are more likely to to succeed than students who do not.
How long can a student receive EOPS services?
Students entering the EOPS program may receive services for up to 70-degree applicable units. Foundational courses such as English 50, Math 57, 50, and RDG 55, 50, 51 shall not be counted as part of the maximum number of units.
Are there any special services for transferring students?
EOPS students are eligible to receive 4 application fee waivers for the California State University system and 4 application fee waivers for the University of California system.
My BOGW changed from an A or B to a C, am I still eligible for EOPS services?
Yes. The student may remain in the program and receive full service if he/she continues to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements and has complied with the EOPS Mutual Responsibility Contract.
Copper Mountain College
6162 Rotary Way
P.O. Box 1398
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
(760) 366-3791, ext. 4247
(760) 366-5257 fax
EOPS/CalWORKs is located in the Office of Student Services in the 300 Quad, next to Bruce’s Place.