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EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs provides over and above services to its program participants. Here are some 2013-2014 program highlights: The EOPS Program provided $250 book vouchers/grants to over 300 students; visited 11 college campuses: University of California- Berkeley, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz; San Jose State University; California State University -Long Beach, Los Angeles; Cal Poly Pomona, University of Southern California; and the program also paid for EOPS students’ caps/gowns.

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This year EOPS used technology to transcend borders and inspire its students. Former EOPS alumni Ricardo Quinto (Press Secretary for New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich), who attended UCLA and John Hopkins University, skyped in from his office in Washington, D.C. He acknowledged how instrumental EOPS was to his success to a room full of over 120 students. Ricardo went on to inspire students to always strive to perform their best and take advantage of all EOPS services.

Article submitted by Guillermo Alonzo | Photos by Amandeep Singh and Pablo Gonzalez