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.
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.
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.