Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

Transfer Fair

What is CARE?

The CARE program is a state funded program designed to assist single parents who are recipients of CalWORKs/TANF and are EOPS eligible. CARE students are given guidance and support to achieve their educational and personal goals. The CARE staff understands how a single parent who is supporting a family may feel overwhelmed trying to balance the responsibilities of an education and home. We are here to help qualified students balance those responsibilities by offering additional financial assistance and support services.

Students must first be eligible and accepted into the EOPS program before joining the CARE program.

CARE Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be eligible and meet all EOPS eligibility requirements
  • Parent must be 18 years old or older.
  • Parent and/or child must be a recipient of CalWORKs/TANF
  • Single and head of household

CARE Support Services (in addition to EOPS)

Services are subject to change depending on funding availability.

  • Academic, career, and personal counseling
  • Community referrals
  • Educational supply voucher
  • Monthly gas cards
  • Support groups
  • Unmet Need Grants

CARE Student Participation Opportunities

  • Adopt-A-Family
  • Annual graduation and awards banquet
  • Campus and community referrals and events
  • Conferences and events
  • Educational workshops
  • EOPS/CARE/Guardian Scholars club
  • Field trips
  • Volunteer opportunities

Student Commitments to CARE

Once students have been accepted into the CARE program, their commitment to the program includes:

  • Attend three (3) EOPS/CARE counseling appointments each semester (Fall & Spring)
  • Attend four (4) CARE activities each semester (Fall & Spring)
  • Attend four (4) CARE workshops each semester (Fall & Spring)
  • Complete an Agency Certification form for benefit verification annually (must be signed and stamped by the eligibility worker or case worker)
  • Complete a Student CARE Mutual Responsibility Contract annually
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (Complete 50% of total units attempted annually with a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0)
  • Meet twice with the CARE Specialist each semester

It is our commitment to provide CARE students with the needed support to succeed at Golden West College. In order to help the student succeed, we provide financial assistance and support services.

The EOPS/CARE/NextUp/Guardian Scholars program accepts applications on
an ongoing basis. Apply online NOW or download [PDF] version of the application