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Extended Opportunity Programs & Services


Nikel & Nails






(EOPS) is a student support programs funded by the state of California (under Title 5) designed to recruit and retain students who are economically, socially, and educationally disadvantaged by providing them with the tools and resources to help them achieve their educational goals. The services of EOPS are designed to give students individualized attention and support to improve their chances for success.






(CARE) program was established to provide "over and above" assistance to EOPS students who receive TANF/Cal Works, are single head of household, with at least one child under 14 years of age to break the welfare-dependency cycle by completing college-level educational and training programs to become more employable and economically self-sufficient.

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 EOPS 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.