EOPS/CARE/NextUp, Guardian Scholars, CalWORKs, & Grads to Be

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Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is a state and college funded program designed to assist students with economic, linguistic, and educational challenges (as defined by Title V) enroll and succeed in higher education. Comprehensive support services are provided to promote access to college and once the student is enrolled, to increase retention and/or transfer to four-year universities and colleges.

The Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program is comprised solely of Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) students who are also single parents receiving public assistance. The CARE program is the combined effort of three agencies: the Department of Social Services, the Department of Employment and Cypress College. The hope is to break the welfare-dependency cycle by completing college-level educational training programs to become more employable and economically self-sufficient.

The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program provides services to students who are receiving Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF). Staff are not employed by the Social Services Agency (SSA) but by the North Orange County Community College District as advocates of self-sufficiency through education.

NextUp/Guardian Scholars is designed to support current and former foster youth whom are attending Cypress College. We welcome you to work with a team that is personally invested in your academic, career, and personal success.

The Grads to Be Program at Cypress College is a safe space with supportive staff aimed at providing a variety of services and resources for undocumented students at Cypress College. Whether you are just starting your journey at Cypress or you have been a continuing student, we are here to help you flourish and cultivate a sense of belonging on campus. We are inclusive of every students’ experience and take a holistic approach in the services we provide. Our goal is to help you realize your academic, professional and personal success.

We will begin accepting applications on May 1, 2024 for the fall 2024 semester. To apply, please complete our online application by clicking on the student portal link below.

For questions, please visit our Virtual Front Counter on Cranium Café, give us a call at (714) 484-7368, or drop by our office in the Cypress College Complex, Room 201, 2nd floor.

EOPS/CARE, CalWORKs & Guardian Scholars Virtual Support

Virtual Front Desk

  • Front desk staff will help answer any questions or concerns you may have, make appointments with counselors, assist with registration questions, and provide general information
  • Online front desk hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Link to access virtual front desk: cypress.craniumcafe.com

Counselor Support

  • All of our counselors are available for appointments through Cranium Café
  • Please schedule an appointment with your counselor through our Virtual Front Desk

Support Staff Assistance

  • Our support staff is available to assist you with any questions you may have regarding your educational journey here at Cypress, please feel free to ask questions and “Live Chat” or “Knock on door” for just-in-time service
  • To get assistance, please visit Cranium Cafe
  • You can also reach any of our counselors and staff members by email; please see our staff directory
  • Please be sure to check your emails regularly, as the campus and our department will be sending periodic updates regarding COVID-19 planning and resources.

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Cypress College Complex, Room 201, 2nd Floor

Contact Information

T: (714) 484-7368
E: eops@cypresscollege.edu


Spring and Fall Semesters:
Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–6 p.m. (In-person and remote)
Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (remote only)

Monday–Thursday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: Closed