The EOPS/C.A.R.E. program at Cerritos College does a great deal of work in order to help students reach their academic goals.
The EOPS program offers counseling, guidance, priority registration, and academic support in all different areas, and the C.A.R.E. program helps single parents with a low income succeed.
Although Cerritos College has been affected by the budget cuts, the EOPS/C.A.R.E. program still has their full staff of counselors, but are unsure of what the future holds for the EOPS/C.A.R.E. program .
One thing that has been affected by the budget cuts is the Supplemental Instruction Program, which gave students an opportunity to meet with their instructors in the conference room located in the EOPS/C.A.R.E. office.
The program will still offer counseling and guidance to assist students through their academic careers.
Another change that has been noticed is the rise of applicants seeking information and help from the EOPS/C.A.R.E. program. Marcia Chaney encourages students to walk in and ask for help and information.
One of the advantages of the EOPS/C.A.R.E. program is that there is a smaller group of students allowed into the program so it enables counselors and students connect at a different level.
The EOPS/C.A.R.E. program makes it impossible for a student to fail in their academics, they offer extra tutoring, workshops, and guidance to students that need extra help or feel lost in their studies.
Chaney said, “We want to make students aware that we are here to help as much as we can.”
Many students at Cerritos College have the misconception that the EOPS/C.A.R.E. program is only beneficial because they give out “gifts’ to students.
Robert Aguayo stresses that, “The Hallmark of the EOPS/C.A.R.E. program has always been academic services.”
Many of the students that turn to the program for help and end up transferring find themselves better prepared because they have built the habit and comfort of meeting with counselors and looking for guidance when needed.
The Cerritos College Web site has been updated and any students interested in learning more about the EOPS/C.A.R.E. program can log onto www.cerritos.edu and search EOPS or C.A.R.E. under the ABC Index on the site.