The EOPS Program
Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is a state-funded, educational support program for financially and academically disadvantaged students enrolled full time (12 or more units) at SBCC. The goal of the EOPS program is to provide above and beyond support services to help students meet their educational goals; whether students seek an occupational certificate, Associate in Arts or Science degree or transfer to a four-year university.
As a supplemental component of the EOPS program, The Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program provides additional services for low-income, single parent students receiving cash aid. The goal of the CARE program is to assist single parent students to obtain the skills and education necessary to move from poverty to financial self-sufficiency. As a means of improving the educational outcomes for single parent students, CARE students are eligible for all EOPS support and services and in addition, may be eligible for transportation assistance, events and activities geared for student parents, parenting workshops and childcare assistance.
Also a component of EOPS at Santa Barbara City College, the Guardian Scholars program is a comprehensive support program for current and former foster youth and AB12 (extended foster care) students. Guardian Scholar students are also eligible for all EOPS support and services and in addition may be eligible may for additional grants, transportation assistance, events and activities geared for former foster youth, workshops and childcare assistance.
CalWORKs is California's Welfare plan in response to the Federal TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families) Program. The CalWORKs program allows participants who are receiving cash assistance to attend Santa Barbara City College (main campus or non credit) for education and training with the goal of reaching self-sufficiency and increasing wage earning power. In addition to the services listed above, CalWORKs participants may be eligible for childcare, work study, needs based workshops, education and employment plans, transportation assistance and a cooperative relationship with the Department of Social Services.