West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

EOPS and CARE

Welcome to EOPS

Fall 2016 Application 

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2016.  Please bring a completed application and supporting documents to the EOPS office; we encourage you to call (408) 741-2023, prior to arrival, to ensure EOPS staff availability for application review.

 

Extended Opportunities Programs & Services (EOPS) is here to assist you in making your college experience successful. Getting through college is not an easy task, especially when you try to do it alone! Since 1969, EOPS has been a California state funded program that provides an accessible and rewarding college experience to low income and educationally disadvantaged students facing various barriers to academic success. The majority of EOPS & CARE students embrace the college-going culture and successfully transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

EOPS/CARE
EOPS Building

Summer Office Hours

July 1 - August 5, 2016*

*EOPS will be closed for maintenace July 18 - 29.

Monday 9:00 AM -  3:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM -  3:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM -  3:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM -  3:00 PM
Friday Closed

Office: (408) 741-2023
Fax: (408) 741-2405

EOPS Benefits:

  • Priority Registration
  • Academic, Career, and Personal Counseling
  • Book Service for Required Textbooks in WVC Classes
  • Assistance with applying for Financial Aid
  • Assistance with the university transfer proces
  • University application fee waivers to UCs and CSUs
  • University campus visits
  • Assistance with scholarship applications and letters of recommendations
  • Peer Assisted Learning Academy (PAL)  and Math tutoring
  • Computer lab and printers
  • EOPS Orientation, workshops and special activities
  • Student lounge for studying, socializing & snacks
  • Basic school supplies and scientific calculators
  • Graphing calculator loans
  • Emergency loans
  • Additional services and referrals to community services

Additional CARE Services available for eligible single parents:

  • Additional financial assistance for books, school supplies, transportation and meals
  • CARE grants and academic achievement grants (dependent upon state funding)
  • Workshops for single parents
  • Opportunities to create support networks
  • Assistance with social service issues

EOPS Eligibility


EOPS Eligibility and General Requirements

  • Be a California resident
  • Register as a full-time West Valley College student in a minimum of 12 units (exceptions considered for students with a verified disability)
  • Have fewer than 70 units of degree applicable college credits
  • Be financially disadvantaged:

 Be educationally disadvantaged as defined by state guidelines by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • Not qualified for enrollment into the minimum level English or mathematics course that is applicable to the associate degree at West Valley College
  • Not have graduated from high school or obtained the General Education Diploma (G.E.D).
  • Graduated from high school with a grade point average below 2.50 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Been previously enrolled in remedial education.
  • Other factors determined by the EOPS Director, using state guidelines

How to apply for EOPS at West Valley College:

  • Apply to West Valley College
  • Take the West Valley College Placement Tests
  • Register for a West Valley College Orientation
  • Complete the application for the Board of Governer’s Fee Waiver (BOGW)
  • Complete a West Valley College EOPS Application
  • Submit the completed application and supporting documents* in person at the front desk in EOPS. 

    * Unofficial Transcripts will be accepted for eligibility purposes; Official Transcripts will be required by end of first semester.      

    • One of our helpful staff will review your application and let you know your eligibility
    • You can use EOPS computers to complete your application and print required documentation if needed

If you are eligible for EOPS, you will sign up for an EOPS Orientation on August 17, 2016.

 

If you are a single parent receiving TANF or CalWorks, you might be eligible for our CARE program. Talk to the staff person assisting you with your EOPS application for more information.


 Board of Governer’s Fee Waiver Program 2016 - 17 Standards

Number in Household

(including yourself)

Total family income last year (adjusted gross income  

 and/or untaxed income)

1

$17,655

2

$23,895

3

$30,135

4

$36,375

5

$42,615

6

$48,855

7

$55,095

8

$61,335

Services

Book Fund Services for Summer Session

EOPS is implementing a new book service process starting in Summer 2016. For the summer sessions, a $250 Book Fund will be available for all EOPS students enrolled in summer courses. These funds will be available at the WVC Bookstore beginning Wednesday, June 1. The difference is, you will no longer receive a book card or voucher; book funds will be available in the form of a store credit. You will need your Summer Schedule with the EOPS stamp of approval in order to use your credit and pick up your required textbooks.

How to Obtain Book Fund Services

  1. Make a 15-minute appointment with a counselor or stop by the office for a drop-in
    • Appointments may be scheduled Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    • Print out your summer schedule and bring it with you for your appointment
    • Your counselor will review your schedule with your Ed Plan and stamp your schedule
  2. Take your approved and stamped schedule to the bookstore
    • The bookstore staff will retrieve your books based on your approved and stamped schedule
    • Let the cashier know you are an EOPS student. You will need to show a PHOTO ID
    • Buy your books according to the EOPS Book Service Terms and Conditions and WVC Book store policies
  3. Be prepared to pay the difference if your books exceed the $250 limit

Summer Book Fund Terms and Conditions

  • EOPS Book Funds will be in the amount of $250 for the summer
  • Book Funds are only for summer classes and for approved classes that are on your Ed Plan
  • Book Funds are for active students, in good standing, and those who haven't reached their academic goal (graduated, etc.) or reached their 70-unit limit
  • Book Funds are to be used at the West Valley Bookstore. Sorry... No reimbursements for books purchased online or elsewhere
  • PLEASE NOTE: If you drop any class, you are required to return the book to the West Valley Bookstore within 2 days from the start of the class. Past this date, you must return the book to the EOPS office. EOPS CAN NOT pay for books for classes you ARE NOT enrolled in, nor may we allow you to keep those books.
  • All purchases will be reviewed to ensure that guidelines have been followed

Math Tutoring - PAL Academy & Supplemental Instruction

The Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Academy offers supplemental instruction and peer tutoring. PAL is a wraparound program where instructors, counselors and tutors collaborate to help students complete their math requirements. All EOPS student enrolled in Math 10, 106 or 103 are eligible to participate in this exciting program. Many students struggle with their math classes, the PAL Academy can help you be one of the successful graduates of the EOPS program. Students who participate in the PAL Academy find the program helps them stay on track and successfully pass their math classes.

Program Benefits:

  • Personalized attention and support from staff, tutors and peers
  • Free peer tutoring outside of class
  • Participation in a learning community
  • Math textbook with online access
  • Free Scientific Calculator if required on syllabus
  • Graphing Calculator Loans

Supplemental Instruction Sessions (schedule subject to change):

  • Math 103: Mondays, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Math 106: Mondays, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Math 10 & 106S: Tuesdays, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

CARE is a program designed to help single-parent students succeed in college. Because we realize that attending college and being a single-parent can pose many challenges, we will help you to achieve your educational goals. We work closely with CalWorks to provide "seamless" help for all of our CARE eligible students.

CARE Eligibility

  • Have at least one child under the age of 14*
  • Receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Be a single-parent, head-of -household, as determined by social services
  • CARE Benefits

    • CARE Grants
    • Academic, Career and Personal Counseling
    • Referrals to on and off campus resources
    • Transportation Assistance

* Please note, if you are not eligible for CARE, but are a single parent with a child 14 or under, you may still receive benefits to help you each month if you are an EOPS student. See contact info below.

CARE Students

For more information, please contact: Melissa Ceresa - melissa.ceresa@wvm.edu

EOPS/CARE Staff

Virginia Marquez

EOPS/CARE Director
(408) 741-2593

virginia.marquez@westvalley.edu

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EOPS Counselor
(408) 741-2471
 Bickie Lee
EOPS Counselor
(408) 741-2422

Melissa Ceresa

Melissa Ceresa

EOPS/CARE Specialist
(408) 741-4694
melissa.ceresa@westvalley.edu

 

Rosa Coronado

EOPS Specialist
(408) 741-2687
rosa.coronado@westvalley.edu

 

EOPS Counselors available for 30-60 minute appointments  during the Fall and Spring semesters;

call (408) 741-2023 or stop by  the EOPS office to schedule.

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