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Palo Verde College is in a unique position and very fortunate to be part of a very successful project that initiated during the 2000-2001 academic year. Since its initial start up of 50 students, EOPS has been an instrumental role in its delivery of its services to advise, enroll, register, and plan the education of our inmate-students.
The working relationship with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has become a working model for other institutional programs to follow. The EOPS Program at Palo Verde College offers its services only to two prison sites: Ironwood State Prison (ISP) and Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP).
Students enrolled in the program are provided the same level of services as those students served on our campus. Students at these sites are visited three times per term and a fourth visit is followed up for a make-up and to visit with our probationary students. Eligibility to the program is the same to inmate students. Students must be a California resident and have lived in California prior to their incarceration for a year and one day.
Screening applications are done by the EOPS Director prior to enrolling students into the program. Other criterion that is required is that students must be within a 5 year range of leaving the CDCR system.
The EOPS Director sets up the visiting dates for college advisement dates and brings a team of personnel from the college that involves members from the Financial Aid Office, Distance Education Program, and Disabilities Student Program & Services (DSPS) to update or prepare students for their next level of coursework.
Enrollment Process for Inmate Students
The EOPS program has developed a joint understanding with how students will be served in EOPS.