EOPS Coordinator Marnie Melendez, who oversees the state-funded program as of October, is excited to join the counselors and student specialists that comprise EOPS, a program which provides tools and resources to help students achieve educational goals. This includes tutoring services, textbook grants, priority registration, and mandatory counselor meetings throughout each semester.
“I think that it’s very important for this program to be on campus because we have a population of underserved and underrepresented students who need these services to get to that next level,” Melendez said, “We’re working to make EOPS a centerpiece for this campus because it is something we are very proud of.”
In just five years, EOPS has grown from barely 100 students to no less than 470 full-time students in the program. Melendez plans to implement a personal growth class exclusive to EOPS students, create a classroom space in the EOPS center, outreach to faculty, along with integrating herself in the campus community.
“So many students come back and tell us that without this program they wouldn’t be transferring to a university or working at their job,” Melendez said. “We just see so many really awesome success stories.”
Melendez has an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from California Lutheran University and a B.A. in Psychology from CSU Northridge. She is currently completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Community College. Because of her own time as a student in the Ventura County College District, Marnie is passionate about success at the community college level.
“I’ve always loved the community college and the students here,” Melendez said, “I feel that this is where I’m needed the most.”
To learn more about EOPS eligibility, visit www.moorparkcollege.edu/eops.