West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200


Welcome to EOPS

Extended Opportunities Programs & Services (EOPS) is here to assist you in making your college experience successful; getting through college is not an easy task, especially when you try to do it alone! Since 1969, EOPS has been a California state funded program that provides an accessible and rewarding college experience to low income and educationally disadvantaged students facing various barriers to academic success. The majority of EOPS & CARE students embrace the college-going culture and successfully transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

EOPS Building

 Office Hours

Monday 9:00 AM -  4:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM -  4:30 PM
Wednesday 9:30 AM -  4:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM -  4:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Office: (408) 741-2023
Fax: (408) 741-2405

EOPS Benefits:

  • Academic, Career, and Personal Counseling
  • Priority Registration
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Math Tutoring & Computer Lab
  • Scholarship Recommendations
  • Student Lounge for studying, socializing & snacks
  • School Supplies and Scientific Calculator Loans
  • Book Service for Required Textbooks in WVC Classes
  • Emergency Loans
  • Scholarship Assistance
  • Additional Services, e.g. access to CARE, PAL Academy, and connection to community services

EOPS Eligibility

How do I become an EOPS Student?

After you enroll at West Valley College and sign up for classes, come into the EOPS office to obtain an application. Feel free to check in with one of our helpful staff to better understand your eligibility, we will be happy to assist you in person. To expedite the EOPS application process, please apply for financial aid and take the college placement tests prior to applying for EOPS.

EOPS Applications will available in our office beginning May 9, 2016. Please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is processed prior to the start of the next semester.

EOPS Eligibility and General Requirements

  • Register as a full time West Valley College student (minimum 12 units)
  • Apply for Financial Aid
  • Complete an EOPS Application and provide supporting documentation
  • Be a California resident
  • Have fewer than 70 units of degree applicable college credits
  • Be financially and educationally disadvantaged as determined by the State of California

Students must meet one of these Income Level Requirements

Number in Household

(including yourself)

Total family income last year (adjusted gross income  

 and/or untaxed income)

















Math tutoring - PAL Academy & Supplemental Instruction

The Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Academy offers supplemental instruction and peer tutoring. PAL is a wraparound program where instructors, counselors and tutors collaborate to help students complete their math requirements. All EOPS student enrolled in Math 10, 106 or 103 are eligible to participate in this exciting program. Many students struggle with their math classes, the PAL Academy can help you be one of the successful graduates of the EOPS program. Students who participate in the PAL Academy find the program helps them stay on track and successfully pass their math classes.

Program Benefits:

  • Personalized attention and support from staff, tutors and peers
  • Free peer tutoring outside of class
  • Participation in a learning community
  • Math textbook with online access
  • Free Scientific Calculator Loan

Supplemental Instruction Sessions (schedule subject to change):

  • Math 103: Mondays, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Mathv106: Mondays, 2:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Math 10 & 106S: Tuesdays, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

CARE is a program designed to help single-parent students succeed in college. Because we realize that attending college and being a single-parent can pose many challenges, we will help you to achieve your educational goals. We work closely with CalWorks to provide "seamless" help for all of our CARE eligible students.

CARE Eligibility

  • Have at least one child under the age of 14*
  • Receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • A single-parent, head-of -household as determined by social services
  • CARE Benefits

    • CARE Grants
    • Academic, Career and Personal Counseling
    • Referrals to on and off campus resources
    • Transportation Assistance

* Please note, if you are not eligible for CARE, but are a single parent with a child 14 or under, you may still receive benefits to help you each month if you are an EOPS student. See contact info below.

CARE Students

For more information, please contact: Melissa Ceresa - melissa.ceresa@wvm.edu


Virginia Marquez

EOPS/CARE Director
(408) 741-2593


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EOPS Counselor
(408) 741-2471
 Bickie Lee
EOPS Counselor
(408) 741-2422

Melissa Ceresa

Melissa Ceresa

EOPS/CARE Specialist
(408) 741-4694


Rosa Coronado

EOPS Specialist
(408) 741-2687


EOPS Counselors available for 30-60 minute appointments  during the Fall and Spring semesters;

call (408) 741-2023 or stop by  the EOPS office to schedule.

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