Welcome to EOPS

EOPS/CARE Hours
EOPS Building Map

Monday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Front Desk: (408) 741-2023

Extended Opportunity 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.

DACA Updates – On January 13, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will accept DACA renewal applications because of an order issued by a U.S. District Court in San Francisco.


EOPS Benefits

  • Priority Registration
  • Academic, Career, and Personal Counseling
  • Book Funds for required textbooks for WVC Classes
  • University transfer process assistance and UC/CSU waivers
  • 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 and socializing
  • Basic school supplies and Graphing calculator loans
  • Emergency loans
  • Additional services and referrals to community services

CARE Benefits

CARE Services available for eligible single parents receiving TANF:

  • 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

Watch a video about EOPS services.

EOPS Eligibility

EOPS Eligibility and General Requirements

  • Be a California resident
  • AB540 students are eligible to apply
  • 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

Steps 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 (or show completion from another college if transferring to West Valley)
  • Complete the application for the Board of Governor’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; 

    • 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 at the beginning of the semester.

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 Governor’s Fee Waiver Program 2017–2018 Standards

Number in Household
(including yourself)
Total Family Income Last Year
(adjusted gross income and/or untaxed income)
1 $17,820
2 $24,030
3 $30,240
4 $36,450
5 $42,660
6 $48,870
7 $55,095
8 $61,335

Services

Book Fund Services

EOPS Book Funds are available for all West Valley EOPS students enrolled in West Valley and/or Mission College courses. These funds are available at the College Bookstore after students are approved and complete their EOPS enrollment.

How to Use EOPS Book Fund Services

  1. 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 a West Valley EOPS student. You will need to show a Photo ID.
    • Buy your books according to the EOPS Book Service Terms and Conditions (below) and WVC Bookstore policies.
  2. Be prepared to pay the difference if your books exceed the given dollar amount.

EOPS Book Fund Terms and Conditions

  • Book Funds are for required textbooks for classes that you are enrolled in during the current semester.
  • Book Funds are only for approved classes that are on your Ed Plan.
  • Book Funds are for active students, in good standing, and those who have not reached their academic goal (graduated, etc.) or reached their 70-unit limit.
  • You must be enrolled in 12+ units or be approved for 9+ units by your EOPS counselor. DESP students are approved for the number of units recommended by your DESP Counselor.
  • Book Funds are to be used at the West Valley Bookstore.
  • 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 during the bookstore's return period (check posted dates at bookstore). Past this date, you must return the book to the EOPS office. EOPS CANNOT pay for books for classes you ARE NOT enrolled in, nor may we allow you to keep those books. All purchases will be audited to ensure that guidelines have been followed.

Letters of Recommendation

Watch a video about letters of recommendation from EOPS.

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.

EOPS Pal Academy video

Program Benefits

  • Personalized attention and support from staff, tutors and peers
  • Supplemental Instruction by WVC math Faculty
  • Free peer tutoring outside of class
  • Participation in a learning community
  • Free Scientific Calculator if required on syllabus
  • Graphing Calculator Loans

Supplemental Instruction Sessions (schedule subject to change)

Session Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
MATH 10 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM      
MATH 103   2:00 PM – 4:00 PM    
MATH 106   2:00 PM – 4:00 PM    
MATH 106S 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM      
Open Tutoring   12:30 PM – 2:00 PM 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
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Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

Open the door to opportunities with 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.

CARE Eligibility

  • 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

EOPS/CARE Staff

Virginia Marquez Virginia Marquez
EOPS/CARE Director
(408) 741-2593
virginia.marquez@westvalley.edu
Helen Pivk Helen Pivk
EOPS Counselor
(408) 741-2471
helen.khalyoun@westvalley.edu
Bickie Choy Bickie Choy
EOPS Counselor
(408) 741-2422
bickie.choy@westvalley.edu
  Rosa Coronado
EOPS Specialist
(408) 741-2687
rosa.coronado@westvalley.edu
Patrick Spink Patrick Spink
EOPS Office Coordinator
(408) 741-4038
patrick.spink@westvalley.edu
Becky Juarez Becky Juarez
EOPS Program Assistant
(408) 741-2449
becky.juarez@westvalley.edu
Elizabeth Flores Elizabeth Flores
EOPS Counselor
(408) 741-2503
elizabeth.flores@westvalley.edu
Amy Gutierrez Amy Gutierrez
EOPS Counselor
(408) 741-2529
amy.gutierrez@westvalley.edu
Amy Gutierrez Lydia Chen
EOPS Counselor
(408) 741-2503
lydia.chen@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.

Forms

EOPS Application Spring 2018 (PDF 605 KB)

Steps To Apply for Extended Opportunity Program and Services

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Print from your West Valley Portal: Spring 2018 Schedule of Classes
  3. Provide copies of transcripts for all other colleges previously attended.
  4. Print and sign your completed application.
  5. Submit application and supporting documents in person to EOPS staff.

DACA Resources

last published: 4/2/18