Victor Valley College - "Building a Future"
August 19, 2018

Extended Opportunity Program and Services (E.O.P.S)

Links (on this page): What is E.O.P.S.? | Who is Eligible? | How to Apply for E.O.P.S.

Message from the Director

Carl D. Smith

Hello. My name is Carl D. Smith and I am the Director of E.O.P.S.  As Director, I have made differences in E.O.P.S. by providing leadership in guiding the program to provide caps and gowns for graduates, scholarships, holiday gift certificates, book service, cash grants, ASB cards, and other services to E.O.P.S. students.

Previously, as an E.O.P.S. Counselor, I was able to provide counseling to guide E.O.P.S.  students in their quest for vocational certificates, associate degrees, transfer information and off-campus referrals.  As Director of E.O.P.S., I will continue to provide services to E.O.P.S. students; students are my first concern.  I believe no one should ask more from others than they expect from themselves.  I am now ready and willing to take on the challenges of the 21st century.  How about you?

Message from the Counselors

Peggy V. Mayer
Have you thought about attending college, but figured it wouldn't be possible?  Have you tried college before and it didn't work out?  Would you like a career you love, but think you don't have the education necessary?  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then E.O.P.S. is for you.  As a counselor in E.O.P.S., I am here to help you attain the educational goals that will lead to the career of your dreams.  I will closely monitor your educational plan to make sure you're on the right track.  Encouragement, direction, and support are emphasized in this program.  College is for everyone! And YES, you can succeed; I am here to assist in any way I can to help you make your dreams a reality.


Manuel Gaytan
Welcome to E.O.P.S.! E.O.P.S. is a special support services program. We believe that every person who walks through our office doors is already a winner. We provide tutors, book service, priority registration, and more! As a counselor, I will help you in your quest to achieve your goals. Victor Valley College offers a wide variety of vocational certificates which can provide opportunities for employment. In addition, our campus offers Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees and/or classes to transfer to a four-year institution (UC or CSU system). Our belief is that anything you put your effort toward, you can achieve. The ultimate goal is to realize your potential and to understand where it can take you in life. I will help you explore your career ideas and assist in making the best decision for you. As a great ship captain once said, the boat moves forward with effort--that's you; the navigation is what guides your efforts toward your destination--that's us! The challenge is yours.


Fontella Grimes
Having a "strong passion" for education and the impact it can have on one's quality of life, is essential when planning life goals.  E.O.P.S. provides appropriate direction, guidance and support, to successfully guide students in making sound educational and career decisions.  With dedication and commitment, we will continue to create an environment to help you develop your maximum potential.


What is E.O.P.S.?

The purpose of E.O.P.S. is to encourage the enrollment and retention of students who are educationally and financially disadvantaged. E.O.P.S. will assist these students in successfully completing a vocational certificate, an AA/AS degree, or in transferring to a four-year college or university.

Who is Eligible?

A student who…

  1. is a California resident.
  2. is educationally disadvantaged (determined by the Victor Valley College Assessment Test).
  3. has applied for financial aid
  4. is eligible for BOGW A or BOGW B
  5. is enrolled in 12 or more units in the Spring or in the Fall semester (not required if you are a DSPS student), ; or 4 or more units during the Winter or Summer session
  6. has not received an Associates Degree (AA/AS) or completed more than 70 degree applicable units from any other college, including Victor Valley College

How to Apply for E.O.P.S.

  1. Be admitted as a student at Victor Valley College.
  2. Take the Assessment Test.  This will provide information that enables you and the E.O.P.S. Counselor to make better selections of classes based on reading, English, and math skills.
  3. Register in 12 or more units of classes in the Fall semester or in the Spring semester; (not required if you are a DSPS student), or register in 4 or more units in the Winter or Summer session.
  4. Fill out an E.O.P.S. application, in person, at the E.O.P.S. office.   Be sure to bring in your proof of income, whether it's a Tax Return (1040), or an Untaxed Income Form or a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR), (which is filled out and stamped by the agency), and your current (within the last 3 years) assessment scores.
  5. The E.O.P.S. office will notify you by mail of your eligibility status.   
    • Click here to download the NEW, UPDATED 2006-2007 online E.O.P.S. application
    • Print it out, fill out the form, and bring it in to:
    VVC E.O.P.S Office
    18422 Bear Valley Road
    Victorville, CA 92395-4271
  6. EOPS Application deadlines are as follows:
      • Winter/Spring 2007:
        • Accepting applications between the dates of January 2nd to May 4th, 2007.
      • Summer 2007 Session:
        • Accepting applications between the dates of June 11 and June 28, 2007.
      • Fall 2007 Semester:
        • Accepting applications between the dates of July 9 and Nov. 9, 2007.
      • Winter/Spring 2008:
        • Accepting applications between the dates of Jan. 7 and May 2, 2007.

Click here to download the Progress Report for online classes form.

Supportive Services

Counseling: An E.O.P.S. counselor will assist the E.O.P.S. student in determining what educational program to follow from the wide variety of academic and vocational course offerings and programs.

Student Assistants: Each E.O.P.S. student will be assigned a student assistant who will be available to answer questions and help the E.O.P.S. student become acquainted with the college campus and all the services the college offers.

Tutoring: E.O.P.S. students are eligible for tutoring in any area in which additional help is needed. Tutors are qualified and must be recommended by their instructors. Hours are assigned at the convenience of the tutor and tutee. Tutoring must take place on campus.

Other Assistance

The E.O.P.S. staff will also help the student to identify community services agencies that might be of assistance:

  • Family Services
  • Social Aid
  • Health Services
  • Women/Special Services
  • Shelters

How Does E.O.P.S. Encourage Students?

E.O.P.S. provides special services such as:

  • Book Service
  • Caps and Gowns
  • Counseling
  • Orientation
  • Priority Registration
  • ASB Cards
  • Excellence & Achievement Grants (Scholarships)
  • E.O.P.S. Department Counselor
  • Student Assistants
  • Transferring Assistance
  • Tutorial Services
  • Work Study Positions
  • Referrals


For information or questions concerning E.O.P.S. at Victor Valley College, contact: E.O.P.S. Office, (760) 245-4271, ext. 2438

Office hours:

Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday only, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Student Services II, Building 50 (Not sure where Building 50 is? Click here to view Campus Maps.)


What is C.A.R.E.?

The C.A.R.E. Program is funded by the State of California. C.A.R.E. is an educationally emphasized support program for single parents receiving TANF. By increasing your education, you will become more confident, more self-sufficient, enhance your employability and make possible the transition from welfare to independence.

How Can C.A.R.E. Help Me?

C.A.R.E. provides and/or assists you with the following, at no cost:

Financial Aid Grants: Child care*, transportation, books, parking vouchers

Services: School supplies, typing service, study room--computers (internet access)

Personal Options Development

Referrals: Campus and community; National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Liaison: With on-/off-campus agencies including AFDC/TANF/GAIN/CalWORKs

Support Programs: Group meetings, Family Day, Adults Day, holiday party, Wall of Encouragement

Am I Eligible for C.A.R.E.?

To be eligible for C.A.R.E., you must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Be eligible and on active status in E.O.P.S.
  2. Be enrolled in 12 or more units in the spring or the fall semester
  3. Be considered single and head of household by AFDC or TANF or CalWORKs
  4. Be a recipient of AFDC or TANF or CalWORKs
  5. Have at least one child under the age of fourteen (14)
  6. Have applied for financial aid

How to Apply for C.A.R.E.!

Applications are available at the C.A.R.E. office, located in Student Service II building (760) 245-4271, ext. 2247 or 2291

Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Last Modified: 2008-05-07.

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