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​​Cooperative Agencies and Resources for Education (CARE)

CARECARE was established by the State of California in 1982 as a supplemental component of EOPS to provide support services and activities for the single, head of household student, who also utilizes CalWORKs/TANF funds as income assistance. This program was designed to promote self-sufficiency through education and training.


If you are 18 years of age or older, designated as single head of household, with at least one child under the age of 14, are receiving CalWORKs/TANF and accepted into the EOPS program, you may qualify for additional CARE services. Students must meet requirements for EOPS in addition to CARE criteria.


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CARE Students

Welcome back to another exciting semester at Orange Coast College. I am excited to provide the upcoming dates for the CARE activities for fall 2016. My regular hours will be Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm.  I have an open door policy and look forward to seeing and getting to know each and every one of you this semester.

CARE Workshops​

Workshops will be on Friday's from 12pm-2:00pm.  An email will be sent to you to confirm the dates.  After you receive the email, please call/email or drop by the CARE Office to RSVP.  All of the CARE Workshops will include a catered lunch. The workshops are intended for your personal enrichment.  Please mark your calendars. *Please note time change for the September 2nd Welcome Back Workshop is 9:30am to 11:30am



Friday, September 2, 2016                                     Friday, October 14, 2016

Welcome Breakfast *                                                 Outside Organizations

Horticultural Garden                                              Scholarship Opportunities

Empowerment: Stacy Kirch                                         Watson Hall room



Friday, November 18, 2016                                      Friday, December 9, 2016

Etiquette 101                                                               Eating Healthy Holidays

Kate Mueller                                                                 Tracy Heffelman

Student Center Lounge                                                  Student Center Lounge        

CARE Support Groups:  Starting Friday, September 16th 2016. Support group meetings will be held on Friday's from 10:30-11:30 am in Watson Hall room 262.

September 16th & 30th                                          October 7th & 21st  

November 4th& 18th                                              December 2nd

CARE Club Meetings: Meetings will be on Friday's beginning September 9th.

September 9th & 23rd                                            October 7th

November 4th                                                         December 9th                         

​Mentor Program:  For any CARE student who would like to have a mentor or be a mentor, you are welcome to ask Tracy for more information.​

​EOPS/ CARE Annual Adopt A Family Progr​am

This valuable program is designed to help low income single parent families during the Winter Holiday Season. These single parents are full time students at OCC who are choosing to better their lives, and the lives of their children focused on acheiving a quality education. As a result, EOPS/ CARE raises monies to purchase food, supplies, and gifts for these students and their children. In addition, some of the families are personally adopted by individuals, organizations, and other groups on and off campus. 

How Does CARE Raise​​ Funds? 

EOPS/CARE sponsor’s an Opportunity Drawing where staff, faculty, and fellow students can purchase tickets (all contributions go directly to the adoptees) and win some outstanding prizes. CARE also accepts cash/check donations in any increment (which are tax deductible). We receive many of our toys from ASOCC’s annual Angel Tree toy drive as well as some from Toys-4-Tots. 

How can YOU Help? 

Any one of three ways… 

Purchase Opportunity Drawing Tickets (Must be purchased by 11/26)

  1. 1st Prize = $500 cash, 2nd Prize = Hyatt Regency resort package, 3rd Prize = 2 tickets to Disneyland, plus many more…
  2. Make a cash/check donation (checks payable to the OCC Foundation and in MEMO section write Adopt-A-Family) Please place checks in Shannon O’Neal’s mailbox or bring to the EOPS office (Watson hall 4th Floor—or call and we will pick it up).
  3. Adopt-A-Family… It is easier than you think. Each family completes a wish list and we can supply you or your group with all of their information. You can do so anonymously or you can meet your family. It’s your choice.
 *Availability of services depends on program funding provided by the State of California

"Kindness is a synergy smiling brightly from our hearts​"
g. perry

For some of these families, this is their only support during the Holiday Season. Families appreciate the kindness and generosity that they receive yearly from Orange Coast College. its staff, faculty, students, and administrators. 

For more information regarding the CARE Program, please contact:
Tracy Heffelman, CARE Coordinator (714) 432-0202 x26275