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History of EOPS

History Statement
In 1969, Senate Bill 164 was enacted into law, establishing Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) within the California Community College system. 

This action came about:

  • As a direct result of the civil rights activities,
  • As a result of social unrest witnessed throughout the 1960s,
  • As lawmakers in office during this era realized the pressing need to address the injustices and inequalities that had plagued our society for so long, and
  • In an effort to meet our responsibility to integrate more people into the dominant culture. 

The intent was for EOPS to foster the identification, recruitment, retention, and educational stimulation of students affected by language, social or economic disadvantages, and to equalize the educational opportunities of these potential students.