Cerro Coso Community College

Access Programs: Extended Opportunity Programs and Services - Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education - Disabled Student Programs and Services - California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Act

Access Programs


Virtual Award Ceremony – April 30, 2021

Join us as we celebrate our Access students' accomplishments at the Access Programs Award Ceremony, Friday, April 30!

Watch the Virtual Access Programs 40th Award Ceremony


What are Access Programs?

Access Programs offered by Cerro Coso Community College include five state-funded programs dedicated to helping and assisting community college students who are faced with additional barriers in obtaining their education. The programs are Extended Opportunities Program and Services (EOPS), Cooperative Agency Resources for Education (CARE), Foster Youth (NextUp), Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS), and California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs).

Services offered depend on the program(s) you are eligible for: this includes an assigned support team and counselor, and may consist of book vouchers, transportation passes, networking and leadership training, assigned Learning Assistant, the High Tech Center (IWV and KRV), interpreters, the Student Services United Club, social activities, taped books, and a career decision-making process. All services are individualized to meet the needs of the Access Programs students.

Study Hall

All EOPS, CARE, DSPS, CalWorks, and NextUp students are welcome to attend study hall on a drop-in basis. Tutoring, peer mentoring, study strategies, individualized attention, study materials and other resources available. Find out more about college resources that will provide support and assistance in successfully completing your classes.

Mondays & Wednesdays
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Ridgecrest/IWV MB 234
Ridgecrest/IWV MB 234

Peer Mentor Program

Peer mentors are positive role models who offer guidance, encouragement and a supportive network that contributes to their mentee’s overall success at Cerro Coso Community College.

Mentors meet with individual students and maintain contact throughout the semester. They also assist in coordinating program activities and promote student engagement.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have completed at least one semester at Cerro Coso Community College (minimum 12 units)
  • Have a 2.5 overall GPA from previous semesters and maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 during term of employment

Application Process

  • Attend an Informational Meeting
  • Be available for an interview (following the Informational Meeting)


Access Programs
(760) 384-6250

Mission Statement

Access Programs provides increased support and services to students who experience additional barriers to education that may include economic, language, disability, educational, and social disadvantages. Program staff promote student growth that includes the development of self-responsibility to accomplish academic, career, and life goals.