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Extended Opportunity Programs and Services

Our Mission 

EOPS is a student support programs funded by the state of California (under Title 5) designed to recruit and retain students who are economically, socially, and educationally disadvantaged by providing them with the tools and resources to help them achieve their educational goals.

Services

  • Academic, Career and Personal counseling
  • Student Grants and Awards
  • Priority Registration
  • Textbook Vouchers
  • And more!

Eligibility and Application

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EOPS

CARE

Guiding Light

Undocudreamers

EOPS Faculty & Staff

Counselors

"Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don't want or feel like doing it".

B.A. Sociology; M.S. Educational Psychology with option in Student Development in Higher Education
-CSU Long Beach

First Generation College Student

Hobbies: Woodwork; cooking; gardening; hiking; reading; horror movies; loving on others; doggy parent; grandmother to a sweetie pie; playing poker; hanging with family; relishing my alone time with God.

"Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion."
 - Michael Jordan

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
-Cal Poly Pomona

Masters of Science, Educational Counseling
-University of La Verne

1st generation college graduate.

Hobbies: Music, reading/writing, fitness, camping/hiking, video games.


"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take"
-Wayne Gretzy
-Michael Scott

B.A. Public Administration
-CSU San Bernardino

M.A. P.P.S. Education: School and College Counseling
-Universty of Redlands

1st Generation College Student

Hobbies: Hanging out with friends and family, Eating delicious food, basketball and going to the beach.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”
-Ghandi

Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Work
-CSU San Bernardino

Master’s degree in Educational Counseling and Guidance
-CSU San Bernardino

I am first in my family to attend college

I like gardening, walking/hiking, and cooking with friends.

"The highest human act is to inspire"
-Nipsy Hussle

Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Arts
-CSU San Bernardino

Master of Arts, PPS Credential - Counseling
-University of Redlands

1st generation college student

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, and volunteering

"Education is the best weapon through which you can fight poverty, ignorance and terrorism."
-Malala Yousafzai 

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
-CSU San Bernardino

Masters of Science, Educational Counseling
-University of La Verne

I am a first-generation college student

Some of my hobbies are camping, hiking and I enjoy the outdoors, going to concerts and soccer games. I like spending time with family and friends.

GerardoOrtizCardenas

Gerardo Ortiz Cardenas
gortizcardenas@msjc.edu 
951-487-3265​

Schedule an Appointment
with Gerardo

"The sun will rise and we will try again."

M.A. Educational Counseling
-San Diego State University

First generation to college, formally undocumented.

My hobbies are to ride horses, spend time with my family, and play twelve string guitar.

"Life happens in the margins"

Broadcast Journalism
-Howard University

Master's in Social Work
-Howard University

1st generation college student

Hobbies: Knitting and karaoke


Administrative & Support Staff

Heather Jones

Heather Jones
Director, EOPS/CARE
Primary Undocu Liaison (DREAMers)
Foster Success Initiative Liaison (Guiding Light)   
hjones@msjc.edu

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
-Maya Angelou

B.A. Sociology
-Holy Names University

M.Ed. Counseling and Guidance
-Howard University

DMFT
-Loma Linda University - in progress

1st generation college student

Fav thing: Playing with my son, Cooking/Baking, going to the beach, and laughing ‘til it hurts

Shehnaz Aguilar

Shehnaz Aguilar
Administrative Associate I
shaguilar@msjc.edu

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
-Albert Einstein

A.S. Business Administration
-Mt. San Jacinto College

Hobbies: Cake and dessert decorating


Maribel Avila

Maribel Avila
Temporary Administrative Associate I
mavila@msjc.edu

"Stay Positive, Work Hard and Make it Happen"

A.S Business Administration, A.S Real Estate
-Mt. San Jacinto College

Hobbies: Baking, Cooking, Spending time with my family, and Outdoor activities

Betzi Miranda

Betzi Miranda
Marketing & Outreach Specialist
bmiranda@msjc.edu

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
-Maya Angelou

A.S. Mathematics
-Mt. San Jacinto College

1st generation college student

Hobbies: Admiring nature, cheering from the sidelines


Betzi Miranda

Katherin Torres Garcia
Special Projects Professional Expert
ktorresgarcia@msjc.edu

"There is no failure. You either win or you learn."
-Gary Keller

Hobbies: Reading in my spare time, baking vegan pastries, thrifting, and creating beauty/fashion realted videos on the clock app.

Joanni

Joanni Salgado
Student Worker
jsalgado@msjc.edu

"God is within her, She will not fall."
-Psalms 46:5

AA Liberal Arts Soc & Behavioral Sci
-Mt. San  Jacinto College (in progress)

1st generation college student

Hobbies: Spending time with my children, hiking, fitness, cooking/baking