The Mission of EOPS and the CCCEOPSA
The EOPS program’s mission is to encourage the enrollment, retention and transfer of students handicapped by language, social, economic and educational disadvantages, and to facilitate the successful completion of their goals and objectives in college. EOPS offers academic and support counseling, financial aid and other support services that go “over and above” the traditional services offered on college campuses.
The mission of the California Community Colleges Extended Opportunity Programs and Services Association (CCCEOPSA) is as follows:
(a) To act as the base of a communications network among EOPS staff, students, statutory advisory committees, the Chancellor’s Office staff and other groups that serve EOPS students in community colleges;
(b) To communicate the needs of the EOPS program and its students to community college administrators, the Chancellor and the State Legislature;
(c) To assist in implementing statewide policies, programs and regulations in relation to the unique needs of community colleges in California; and
(d) To encourage and participate in the development of additional programs on the local, state and national level which will assist disadvantaged students in their quest for an education.
The Story Behind the Nickel and the Nail
The story goes that a young man, years ago in the deep South, walking down a long, unpaved, dusty road to visit his lady friend, was all too aware that he had but a nickel in his pocket and that his self-esteem would be questioned if he were unable to indicate that he was a man of means. Noticing two gnarled horseshoe nails lying by the side of the road, he picked them up and put them in his pocket. As he jingled these ferrous objects together with his meager fortune, he walked a little bit straighter and with a little more pride and dignity.
Similarly, the Extended Opportunity Program endeavors to enhance self-esteem, foster pride and dignity, and motivate those whom the program serves, enabling them to more effectively define and pursue career goals. It is important that they too have “something to jingle”.
Further, the nails are twisted into a puzzle, suggesting that the complete enigma has still yet to be unraveled for helping those who, through societal circumstances, have been limited in successfully meeting their educational challenge.