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Extended Opportunities Programs & Services (EOP&S)

About Our Programs

The Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOP&S) Office, located on the second floor of the Center for Student Success building (CSS) on BC's main campus, offers several programs that provide additional assistance for Bakersfield College students to succeed in college. For more information about any of our programs, email us at


Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOP&S) is a state funded program that serves educationally and financially disadvantaged students. EOP&S provides services that assist students who have the potential to succeed in college. 

Interested in EOP&S? Please check the EOP&S Eligibility Requirements.


The Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) Program promotes  students' success by offering specialized services to EOPS students who are single parents receiving public assistance (CalWORKs/TANF).

Interested in CARE? Please check the CARE Eligibility Requirements.


CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Children) is California's Welfare plan in response to Federal TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families) Program.

Interested in CalWORKs? Please check the CalWORKs Eligibility Requirements.


BC is currently recruiting former and current foster youth to apply to our BC NextUp program. You must be former or current foster youth after your 16th birthday and enrolled in 9 units at BC. If eligible, services include book voucher, counseling services, priority registration, meal vouchers, transportation assistance, and more.

We have waived the workshop and second NextUp contact requirements for Spring 2020. To sign up for an appointment with NextUp or find out more information about resources, grants, and emergency housing assistance, contact Chase Amos, the Educational Advisor for NextUp, via Cranium Café Lobby. If you do not have internet or webcam access, you may contact Chase Amos at (661) 379-0283, or For proof of dependency, contact the California Foster Care Ombudsperson’s office at 1-877-846-1602.

Our Staff

Name Position Email Phone Location
Imelda Simos-Valdez Director, EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs/Cal-SOAP (661) 395-4351
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Patricia Ramirez Program Manager, EOP&S/CARE/CalWORKs (661) 395-4238
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Ashlie Lopez Department Technician (661) 395-4348
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Maria Rojas Department Assistant III, EOP&S/NextUp/CalWORKs/SSJV Cal-SOAP (661) 395-4957
CSS Second Floor Reception Area
Educational Advisors
Name Position Email Phone Location
Chase Amos Educational Advisor, EOP&S/Next Up (661) 395-4952
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Rafael Centeno Educational Advisor, EOP&S (661) 395-3591
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Marcela Gamino Educational Advisor, CARE/EOP&S (661) 395-4351
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Pedro Ramirez Educational Advisor, EOPS (661) 395-4364
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Name Position Email Phone Location
Vanessa Bell Counselor, EOP&S/CARE (661) 395-4920
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Rene Deniz Adjunct Counselor, EOPS (661) 395-4228
Thi Nguyen Adjunct Counselor, EOPS (661) 395-4995
Elias Purmul Adjunct Counselor, EOPS (661) 395-4867
Manuel Rosas Counselor, EOP&S (661) 395-4719
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Jeff Stambook Counselor, EOP&S (661) 395-4323
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Angelica Vasquez Counselor, EOP&S/CalWORKS (661) 395-4593
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