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Current News as of OCTOBER 17, 2014



Dr. Ketmani Kouanchao, Dean of Student Services

Since the Assistant Dean to Financial Aid/EOPS retired this summer, the EOPS Director duties have been taken on by Mendocino College's new Dean of Student Services, Dr. Ketmani Kouanchao.

Dr. Kouanchao comes to us from Mt. San Jacinto College, where she worked for the past eleven years.  During her tenure at Mt. San Jacinto, Dr. Kouanchao was first the Director of Upward Bound and Talent Search programs.  Since 2008, she has been the Director of the EOPS/CARE program.  Dr. Kouanchao has also served as the advisor to an award-winning chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and as a mentor to the MSJC Puente Program.  This year, she received the 2014 Administrator of the Year Award from MSJC.

Dean Kouanchao has been a strong advocate for programs such as EOPS and CARE at the sate level because she understands the importance of their role in helping families escape multigenerational cycles of poverty, especially for households where the students are first in their families to attend college.  The college staff is excited about the perspective and insight that Dean Kouanchao has brought to her position at the College, and the EOPS staff is looking forward to some of the program improvements she has planned for EOPS and CARE.

Cintya Da Cruz

Also, new to Mendocino College’s “EOPS Family” this year, is our full-time EOPS Counselor, Cintya Da Cruz. 

Ms. Da Cruz earned a B.S. in Human Development from University of California, Davis and an M.S. in Counseling from California State University, Sacramento. Trained and experienced in general counseling as well as in multiple career assessment methods, she has assisted students at the university, community college, and high school levels.

Cintya has worked at Mendocino College as an Adjunct Counselor and has also served as an Outreach Counselor to local high schools. Prior to coming to Mendocino County, she provided outreach and counseling to underserved, low income and disadvantaged students at nine different high schools in the Sacramento area. At Sacramento State University, she gained valuable experience in the EOP program providing counseling, education plan development, orientation, and outreach services. Her skill and commitment to serving students in academic, career and educational needs assessments will benefit all our students as well as the participants in our EOPS program. She is also multilingual, fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. 


Five more EOPS Orientations have been scheduled for new students recently determined to be eligible for EOPS services.  If you have not already attended an EOPS Orientation, please sign-up to attend one of the following:

  • Wed. 10/22/14 from 10am-11am in #1060
  • Thurs. 10/23/14 from 11am-12noon in #1060
  • Thurs. 10/23/14 from 3:30pm-4:30pm in #1060
  • Fri. 10/24/14 from 10am-11am in #1060
  • Fri. 10/24/14 from 2:30-3:30pm in #1060

Room #1060 is located in MacMillan Hall at the opposite end of the hallway from Admissions & Records. 

Don't forget to call 468-3113 to sign up to attend.  At the Orientation, you will be given some school supplies as well as information about EOPS and the various services it provides.

Checking in with the EOPS Counselor, throughout the semester, is an important part of the EOPS program.  Students who follow their Comprehensive Education Plan and meet with a Counselor regularly are more likely to be successful in reaching their goal of a degree, certificate, or transferring to a university. 

If you haven't scheduled your 1st EOPS Counseling Contact yet, time is running out!  Call the Counseling Office (468-3048) or the EOPS/CARE Specialist (468-3113) to make an appointment.  If you call after business hours, simply leave a message for the EOPS/CARE Specialist at 468-3113 with your name, student ID number, phone number, and the day of the week and time of day that works best for you.  The EOPS/CARE Specialist will contact you with an appointment date and time.  

REMINDER:  EOPS students must make 3 Counseling Contacts with the EOPS Counselor, each semester, in order to remain in Good Standing with EOPS.

The EOPS Staff will be available for EOPS Drop-ins on October 31.  Stop by and check-in with the EOPS Counselor (Cintya Da Cruz), or the EOPS/CARE Specialist (Nancy Heth), or the Outreach Specialist-Special Populations (Juvenal Vasquez), and receive a Halloween Treat Bag of Candy.  You don't have to schedule an appointment or wear a costume; simply drop by and meet with one of the EOPS staff members, mentioned above, for an EOPS Contact and receive a Halloween Treat/Candy! 

Those of you who are up-to-date on your EOPS Contacts are welcome to stop by just for your Halloween Treat/Candy!

We hope to see you then!!!

EOPS students, along with DRC students and Veterans, will be able to register for Spring 2015 classes--before anyone else--on November 17, 2014.

The class offerings for Spring 2015 are expected to be available on WebAdvisor on or around November 1. 

Students who received a BOG B Fee Waiver:  Don't forget that your Fee Waiver doesn't waive the $16 in Health, Student Rep, and Student Center fees. 

Students who received a BOG A Fee Waiver:  All your fees, except for the $1 Student Rep Fee, will be waived.

So, there's no reason not to take advantage of this valuable service and secure a seat in each of the classes you need for Spring 2015 by enrolling on November 17!!

Dia De Los Muertos
EOPS Students are encouraged to join in on the festivities that are being planned for the end of this month. A Dia de los Muertos event is scheduled to take place on-campus on October 29 from 4-8pm in the Lowery Student Center. Food, music, and dance will be provided, along with a display of altars honoring loved ones.

If you would like to set up an altar to honor a loved one who has passed, please contact Cintya Da Cruz (468-3010) or Nancy Heth (468-3113) for more information.

Click here for a Dia De Los Muertos flyer.

Click here for the October 2014 EOPS Calendar.

Created: September 25, 2008 @ 08:57 AM
Last Modified: October 21, 2014 @ 05:20 PM


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