EOPS - History

In 1969, Senate Bill 164 was enacted into law, establishing Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) within the California Community Colleges system. This action came about as a direct result of the civil rights activities and social unrest witnessed throughout the 1960s. Lawmakers in office during this era soon began to realize the pressing need to address the injustices and inequalities that had plagued our society for so long. Intended to foster the identification, recruitment, retention, and educational stimulation of students affected by language, social or economic disadvantages, the first EOPS programs were established in Spring 1970 at 46 community colleges. Today, EOPS exists at all 112 community colleges in California. Mission College's EOPS has been operational since 1978.