Empowering Students Since 1969


Land Acknowledgment

“The land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. Today there are no known survivors of the Awaswas Nation. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, comprised of the descendants of indigenous people taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is today working hard to restore traditional stewardship practices on these lands to honor the Awaswas and heal from historical trauma.”

Amah Mutsun (Aaa-Ma) (Moot-sun)

Uypi (You-P)

Awaswas (Aaa-Was-Was)

What is EOPS?

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services is a state-funded effort designed to provide financial, counseling and academic support services for full-time Cabrillo students who are disproportionately impacted by structural inequalities.

Our Mission

The EOPS program's mission is to encourage the enrollment, retention and transfer of students who benefit from high touch services and to facilitate the successful completion of their goals and objectives in college. EOPS offers academic, personal and career counseling, financial resources and other support services that go "over and above" the traditional services offered on college campuses.

The Story Behind the Nickel and the Nail

The story goes that a young man, years ago in the deep South, walking down a long, unpaved, dusty road to visit his lady friend, was all too aware that he had but a nickel in his pocket and that his self-esteem would be questioned if he were unable to indicate that he was a man of means. Noticing two gnarled horseshoe nails lying by the side of the road, he picked them up and put them in his pocket. As he jingled these ferrous objects together with his meager fortune, he walked a little bit straighter and with a little more pride and dignity.

Similarly, the Extended Opportunity Program endeavors to enhance self-esteem, foster pride and dignity, and motivate those whom the program serves, enabling them to more effectively define and pursue career goals. It is important that they too have "something to jingle".

Further, the nails are twisted into a puzzle, suggesting that the complete enigma has still yet to be unraveled for helping those who, through societal circumstances, have been limited in successfully meeting their educational challenge.

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Building 900, Room 907 Hours M-Th 8:00-5:00pm, Friday 8:00-12:00 pm Remote Only
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  • academic counseling

  • meal cards

  • school supplies

  • orientation/workshops

  • priority registration for classes

  • text book purchase/loan assistance

  • computer lab

  • free printing/copying

  • monetary grants to qualifying students

How can I qualify?

  • be a California resident/AB540 eligible

  • qualify for the California College Promise Grant (formerly BOG)

  • be enrolled full-time (12 or as determined by ASC)

  • have less than 70 degree applicable units in any combination of post secondary higher education institutions

  • being disproportionately impacted by structural inequalities

What is CARE?

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education is a program which represents a cooperative effort involving Cabrillo College, CalWORKs and the California Employment Development Department. CARE assists in linking education, job training and supportive services for single parents.


  • academic, vocational and personal counseling

  • academic, transfer and parenting workshops

  • childcare grants

  • meal cards

  • school supplies

  • textbook purchase assistance

How can I qualify?

  • be eligible for EOPS
  • over the age of 18 and single head of household
  • you our your children recipients of CalWORKs cash aid
  • have a vocational or academic objective
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Faculty & Staff
Kofi Akinjide, Ed.D.
Director of Student Equity and Success
(831) 477-3548
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Cecilia Rocha
Program Specialist
(831) 479-6532
Verónica León
EOPS Director/Counselor
(831) 479-6531
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Juana Vargas
Office Assistant
(831) 479-6305
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