Access Programs offered by Cerro Coso include four state-funded programs dedicated to helping and assisting community college students who are faced with special challenges in obtaining their education. The programs are Extended Opportunities Program and Services (EOPS); Cooperative Agency Resources for Education (CARE); Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS); and 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.
All EOPS, DSPS, or CalWorks 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. Study Hall is available at the Ridgecrest/IWV and Kern River Valley campuses. Check our activities calendar for days and times or call your campus Access Programs office for more information.
EOPS Summer Institute is a weekend conference for community college EOPS students who are interested in taking their education to the “next level.” Exploring transfer concepts, leadership and communication skills, academic skills and cultural awareness are just a few of the topics that will be covered during the weekend conference.
This year's conference will be held at UC Santa Barbara Friday, June 24, 2016 through Sunday, June 26, 2016. You will need to complete and submit the Complete and submit the EOPS Summer Institute Application by Friday, May 6, 2016. If you are selected, we will notify you by Cerro Coso email before June 1.
The EOPS Summer Institute has a limited number of spaces available to students. Please do not miss out on this opportunity! For more information, please contact the Cerro Coso Community College EOPS Office (Modular 2) (760) 384-6250.
Want to be a paid peer mentor? Peer mentors provide assistance, encouragement, and a supportive network to students in Access Programs.
For more information attend an informational meeting:
You must attend an informational meeting to apply and interview for the position.
Using a holistic approach and by modeling appropriate and effective behavior, the Access Programs (DSPS – EOPS – CARE) and staff support students with special needs. The program staff reinforces students' personal growth, promotes emotional mastery and assists with developing self-responsibility to accomplish academic, career, and life goals.