Access Programs offered by Cerro Coso include three 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); and Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS).
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.
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.