Over 50 Years of EOPS at Fresno City College


Photo by: Kiranpreet Rathour

The EOPS Office in the Student Services building located on the first floor on Nov. 30, 2022.

Story By: Kiranpreet Rathour, Reporter

Extended Opportunities Programs and Services at Fresno City College provides personalized academic counseling, advising and financial assistance to qualified students.

EOPS currently serves 1,800 students and designed to improve access and retention of students by removing social, economic, educational, and linguistic barriers.

Senior program specialist, Mark McNiff, a counselor at EOPS siad, the program has been on the campus for over 50 years promoting student success and started due to student protests in riots coming out of civil rights

EOPS provides services and resources to students looking for financial and educational help.

Services EOPS offers include individualized counseling, comprehensive student educational plans, textbook purchases, priority registration, one-on-one tutoring, career planning, grants, and more.

In an email from the Director of EOPS, Thom Gaxiola-Rowles there are several steps to get the EOPS approval, starting with an application.

Once students complete the application, an EOPS Mutual Responsibility Agreement (MRA) will be emailed. Upon signing they are officially part of the EOPS.

The next step is an appointment with a counselor to develop a comprehensive Student Education Plan (SEP). Counselors are available to assist students complete the application.

EOPS is located in the Student Services building at FCC.

Skye Wang, FCC communication and marketing major, said she enjoys EOPS as they make her file the three contacts requirements.

“I found out about EOPS because of my cousins. They attended FCC and it was a program that helped them through college,” Wang said.

Wang said EOPS provided her the book voucher worth $100 which helped her financially.

EOPS requirements are to be enrolled in at least nine units unless waived by DSPS letter or EOPS director, receive PELL Grant or other form of financial aid besides the California College Promise Grant (fee waiver).

New students are required to complete the Student Education Plan (SEP).