Deeply rooted in the Civil Rights Movement, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services was signed into law on September 4, 1969 with Senate Bill 164. As the bill stated, “The intent and purpose was to implement programs that would support students affected by language, social, and economic" disadvantages.
In addition, the program aims to support students in reaching their educational goals, from obtaining job skills to earning certificates and degrees, and transferring to four-year institutions. In essence, EOPS was the original student success and equity program. Since that time, EOPS has become a cornerstone for 114 of California’s Community Colleges.
Mission’s EOPS program began in 1979, with Counselor Don Cordero serving as the first EOPS director. The program has consistently served a minimum of 300 students per semester since fall of 1992, when electronic data tracking began.
Student Assessment Outcomes
- Program participants will complete at least 3 contacts with their EOPS counselor each semester.
- EOPS will retain continuing program participants each semester.
- EOPS will increase the number of DI (disproportionately impacted) students served each academic year.