CARE at Ohlone College - Extended Opportunity Programs and Services

Greeting from the CARE Coordinator

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) Program at Ohlone College. I believe in the saying that, "People don't CARE how much you know until they know how much you CARE." You will find that our program values honesty, integrity, laughter, and relationships. I hope to get to know each one of you on a personal level and provide you with the individual attention and assistance you need to be successful.

I realize that there are many other institutions of higher learning in the Bay Area that you could have chosen to attend, but I am exceedingly glad that you have selected Ohlone College as your education connection. I also understand that you have entrusted me with your goals and dreams, so I want you to know that I am committed and dedicated to student achievement and success.

Ohlone College is a wonderful place to learn. The staff members of EOPS, CARE, and CalWORKs programs are phenomenal individuals, who are ready and willing to help you in any way possible. Along with our staff, I take great pride in serving every student with dignity and respect.

Dream big because dreams really do come true!

Sandy Bennett
EOPS/CARE Coordinator

What is CARE?

The Cooperative Agency Resources for Education (CARE) Program was established by Senate Bill 3103, in 1982, to assist EOP&S students who are single head of household, recipients of CalWORKs, receiving cash aid, with at least one child under the age of 14.

This was intended to break the welfare-dependency cycle by completing college level coursework. This would ultimately lead them to become employable and economically self-sufficient.

The CARE Program provides supplemental support services such as: child care assistance, meal tickets, gas cards, minor car repair service, topical workshops, and grants.

The primary purpose of both EOP&S/CARE is to prepare students to transfer to a four-year university, complete an Associate's Degree or vocational certificate which can lead to a rewarding career as a result of their educational experience.

What can CARE do for me?

The Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program exists to collaborate efforts between EOPS, the Deparment of Social Services and various other community organizations which provide educational and personal support to single parents who are current EOPS students.

Did You Know…?

$1.6 million is the average lifetime earnings of a graduate with an associate's degree-$400,000 more than for a high school graduate. Source: Community College League of California.

What kinds of services are offered?

Single parents who are on TANF with children under the age of 14 years are eligible for additional services. These services include workshops, support groups, childcare/transportation grants, and car repair assistance.

  • Counseling Services
  • Financial Assistance
  • Early Registration
  • Workshops
  • Assistance with Childcare
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Referral Service
  • Outreach/Recruitment
  • Support groups
  • Car repair assistance

Who is eligible?

  • EOPS applicants or current EOPS students
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Single parent with at least one child under 14 years of age
  • TANF recipient
  • Enrolled in 12 units at Ohlone College
  • Completed less than 70 semester units
  • Must be a California resident
  • Must meet the EOPS income guidelines

CARE Application Process

If you are an EOPS student, single parent, and currently receiving cash aid benefits from the County, please ask the staff for more information and the following form:

  • Agency Verification Form (untaxed income)

Availability of CARE services are based upon State Funding.

Contact Information

For more information, visit or contact the EOPS office:

Ohlone College
43600 Mission Boulevard
Building 7, Room 7249
Fremont, CA 94539-5847
Office (510) 659-6152
Fax (510) 659-6159