Programs

Division: Student Services

California Mini-Corps

Location: Visalia Campus - Alpine Building 2, Office C
Phone: Visalia: (559) 740-3958
Website: California Mini-Corps Program

The California Mini-Corps Program assists college students who have an interest in teaching and would like to dedicate their professional careers to helping migrant students who are enrolled in California’s K-12 education system.


CalWorks

Location: Visalia Campus - Sequoia 112
Phone: Visalia:  (559) 730-3864
Website: https://www.cos.edu/en-us/CalWORKs

The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Act (CalWORKs) Program at the College of the Sequoias (COS) is dedicated to providing students who are currently receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash aid with coordinated student services such as academic counseling, work study, workforce preparation assistance, child care and advocacy. Our goal is to guide students through a successful educational journey that will help them achieve long-term self-sufficiency.


Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

Location: Visalia Campus - Sequoia 108
Phone: Visalia:  (559) 730-3818
Website: https://www.cos.edu/en-us/EOPS

The Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program serves Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) students who are single parents receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).  It is our mission to support students by offering advocacy, peer support and resource information to help them achieve their educational goals and transition into economically self-sufficient individuals.


Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)

Location: Visalia Campus - Sequoia 108
Phone: Visalia: (559) 730-3818
Website:  https://www.cos.edu/en-us/EOPS 

The Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) program is dedicated to recruit and successfully retain college students of educationally and socioeconomically challenged backgrounds from Kings and Tulare Counties.  The primary purpose of the EOPS program is to prepare students to transfer to a four-year university, complete an associate degree or vocational certificate in order to acquire desirable career-related skills necessary to obtain employment. 


Foster and Kinship Care Education Program/Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success

Location: Visalia Campus - Sequoia 157
Phone: Visalia: (559) 737-4842
Website:  https://www.cos.edu/en-us/Foster-Care

The Foster and Kinship Care Education (FKCE) Program provides quality education and support activities to the Resource Parents of children and youth in out-of-home care so that these providers may meet the educational, emotional, behavioral and developmental needs of children and youth. FKCE provides free classes, workshops and conferences in Tulare and Kings Counties in Central California. Our programs are designed with Resource Parents in mind, helping to bridge the gap between questions and answers.  Most classes are open to the general public, and are free of charge, unless otherwise noted.​

Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS) is a comprehensive and integrated program that unites community partners and academic leaders to empower foster youth to successfully transition into independent living.  The YESS program provides services that focus on life skills training and academic performance with the objective of achieving self-sufficiency, college degree or certificate completion, and employment.

College of the Sequoias' YESS Program continues to provide independent living skills training to Tulare County foster youth, with a focus on Employment, Education, Financial Literacy, and Daily Living Skills, as well as helping the youth to identify and nurture life-long connections for ongoing support once they age out of foster care.  The classes include hands-on activities that make learning fun while giving youth real-life experiences.


NextUp

Location: Visalia Campus - Sequoia 157
Phone: Visalia: (559) 730-3938

NextUp, is a component of the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) program. The mission of the NextUp program is to provide expanded support services to eligible current and former foster youth who are students within California's Community College system. Services provided by the NextUp program include, but are not limited to: outreach, recruitment, academic, personal, career, transfer counseling, life and financial wellness skills, textbook vouchers, school supplies, unmet need grants, child care assistance, transportation assistance, meal cards, emergency housing and mental health services. NextUp services are to be over, above and in addition to other college, county and state programs and services to which NextUp students are eligible for. 


Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement Program (MESA)

Location: Visalia Campus 
Phone: Visalia: (559) 737-6136
Website: https://www.cos.edu/en-us/student-support/mesa

MESA provides math, engineering, science, nursing and applied science majors the academic support they need to navigate their way through their difficult coursework. The program is focused on assisting economically disadvantaged students reach their full academic potential and become professionals in their chosen fields of study. Participating MESA students are offered Academic Excellence workshops, advanced tutoring (Calculus, Trigonometry, Chemistry, and Physics), assistance in transferring, career advising, a student study center, links with student and professional organizations, and professional development workshops. The Student Study Center is open to all math, science and engineering students.


Puente Project

Location: Visalia Campus - Tule 569A
Phone: Visalia: (559) 737-4850
Website: https://www.cos.edu/en-us/student-support/puente

The mission of the Puente Project is to increase the number of educationally underserved students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn degrees and return to their communities as leaders and mentors to succeeding generations. Puente is open to all students. Puente students sign up for a transfer program that will help them to develop necessary skills to accomplish their goals.

There are four main components to the program:

  1. English instruction: Puente students will be enrolled in two consecutive writing courses: ENGL 001 for the Fall semester and ENGL 002 in the Spring. Both courses focus on Latino authors, culture, and issues.
  2. Counseling: Puente students work closely with their Puente counselor until they graduate. The counselor tracks their progress and helps to develop and monitor an educational study plan and for personal/career counseling. This allows students to make the right choices through their college experience. In addition to the English courses, students will enroll concurrently in counseling/study skills classes.
  3. Mentoring: Each Puente student will be paired with a mentor from the professional community. Students will be required to meet with mentors on a regular basis for sharing of experiences, job shadowing, and networking.
  4. Activities: Puente students are required to attend a statewide conference and to take field trips to a variety of UC campuses, attend lectures, plan social events, and become involved in the Puente Club events. Students considering applying to enter the program who are employed should work no more than 20 hours per week, so that they will be able to take advantage of all the project has to offer. Students will be asked to be available on some Thursday evenings or weekends for program activities.

Resources for Engagement and Active Learning through Mentorship (REALM)

Location: Visalia Campus 
Phone: Visalia: (559) 737-4845
Website: https://www.cos.edu/en-us/academics/science/realm

The REALM Program provides Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) majors an extended orientation, followed by summer and regular term classes geared to fast track them to transfer along with comprehensive student support services including mentoring, tutoring and supplemental instruction. The program also focuses on engaging students in campus life through science clubs and community service activities Students are also provided with university visits, scholarship workshops, assistance applying for summer research opportunities and national conferences.


Scholarship Program

Location: Visalia Campus - Sequoia 3
Phone: Visalia: (559) 730-3878
Website: https://www.cos.edu/en-us/admissions/financial-aid/scholarships

College of the Sequoias offers over $300,000 in scholarship awards each year to eligible student applicants. Awards sponsored by the College, COS Foundation and many community donors range from $100 to $10,000 and are offered to incoming freshman, continuing sophomores, and graduating/transferring students. The online COS Scholarship Application and Directory may be accessed from the COS website.


Student Employment/Work Study

Location: Visalia Campus - Sequoia 105 
Phone: Visalia: (559) 730-3856
Website: https://www.cos.edu/en-us/student-support/student-employment

If interested, visit the Work Study Specialist in the Student Employment/Work Study Office on the Visalia Campus in Sequoia 105 | Phone: (559) 730-3864

If interested in Federal Work Study, visit Sycamore IM109 or call (559) 730-3856

College of the Sequoias offers on- and off-campus student employment. On-campus student employment is funded by various departments and programs, including Federal Work Study and CalWORKs Work Study. On-campus positions are posted online at the COS website: cos.jobspeaker.com 

In order to receive Federal Work Study, students must first submit a FAFSA and receive an FWS Invitation letter. CalWORKs Work Study is available to eligible students receiving TANF cash aid. The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Act (CalWORKs) program is dedicated to providing students who are currently receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash aid with coordinated student services such as academic counseling, work study, workforce preparation assistance, child care and advocacy.  Our goal is to guide students through a successful educational journey that will help them achieve long-term self-sufficiency. 


Student Field Trips

Throughout the school year various classes will meet at off-campus locations. The College will not provide transportation to these sites and all transportation arrangements are the responsibility of each of the students enrolled in the class. Although district personnel may assist in coordinating this transportation and/or may recommend travel time, routes, caravans, etc., these recommendations are not mandatory. The District is not responsible nor does the District assume liability for any injuries or losses resulting from non-district sponsored transportation. If a student rides with another student, that student is not an agent of, or driving on behalf of, the District.


Student Success Program

Location: Visalia Campus - Sycamore 109 

Location: Hanford Campus - Education Building E65

Location: Tulare Campus - Building B214

Phone: Visalia: (559) 737-6286 | (559) 737-6287

Phone: Hanford: (559) 583-2532

Phone: Tulare: (559) 688-3147

Website: https://www.cos.edu/en-us/student-support/student-success

The Student Success Program provides services to assist students in meeting their educational goals through academic, career and personal counseling, workshops, individual, and group support meetings. Student Success is a district wide program which fosters a learning environment that provides all students with equitable resources necessary to succeed in their academic endeavors. The goal is to ensure that students are prepared with the necessary tools to follow and complete their educational plans. In addition, we may also provide printing access, laptop checkout, textbook assistance, testing supplies, snacks, field trips and mobile Wi-Fi hot spots.   

By promoting access, success, and retention, the Student Success Program desires to help participating students:
  • Develop intellectual and academic competence
  • Develop personal identity
  • Decide on or achieve clarity about a career goal
  • Maintain personal health and wellness
  • Create a sense of personal value for each student
  • Consider, examine or internalize what they believe and value
  • Develop multicultural awareness and learn to tolerate, affirm and appreciate differences among people
  • Develop civic responsibility as a responsible citizen 
  • Create a sense of community and connectedness to the college
Through this program and its components, College of the Sequoias accepts the responsibility of being more accountable for student success in their successful completion or transfer.

TRiO/Student Support Services Program

Location: Visalia Campus - Lodgepole 209
Phone: Visalia: (559) 737-5400
Website: https://www.cos.edu/en-us/student-support/trio-sss

The TRiO/Student Support Services Program (SSS) at COS provides participants with intensive and comprehensive services to address their academic and non-academic needs.  The program also offers educational and counseling services designed to improve participant financial and economic literacy.

The TRiO/SSS program offers individual monitoring, advising and a referral process to ensure program participants take full advantage of the services and activities offered on campus.  We also offer educational and counseling services designed to improve participants' overall student academic needs. This includes: 

  • College field trips
  • Personal development workshops
  • Professional development workshops 
  • Leadership conferences 
  • Internships 
  • Assistance with the transfer process

Other services provided include:

  • One-On-One Advising, Tutoring, Career Guidance and Mentoring
  • Academic Advising
  • Referrals to Campus Resources
  • Advocacy
  • Development of a Student Educational Plan (SEP)
  • FAFSA, Scholarship and Transfer Application Assistance
  • Access to the TRiO/SSS Computer Lab
  • Supplemental Grant Aid (Awarded in Spring Semesters Only)
  • Educational and Cultural Engagements/Events
  • College/University campus visits

TRiO/Upward Bound Math & Science Program

Location: Visalia Campus - Lodgepole 209
Phone: Visalia: (559) 737-5400
Website: https://www.cos.edu/en-us/student-support/trio-ubms

The TRiO/Upward Bound Math and Science Program is designed to strengthen the STEM skills of participating students, with the goal to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel academically by encouraging them to pursue post-secondary STEM degrees, and ultimately obtain STEM careers.

TRIO/UBMS program provides academic resources to low-income and potential first-generation college students in an effort to close the achievement gap.

Program Services

Academic Year
During the academic year TRiO/UBMS staff monitors each participant's scholastic progress to ensure improvement and success by providing the following services:
 
  • Weekly After School Tutorials at each of the four target high schools for supplemental academic support in the core subject areas,
  • Monthly Saturday Session at COS that focus on academic, career, personal development and STEM curriculum,
  • Motivational and cultural guest speakers,
  • Academic advising, counseling, and mentorship,
  • College admissions, financial aid, financial literacy, and scholarship workshops,
  • Educational and cultural field trips,
  • College campus visits,
  • Community service projects.

Summer Academy

The summer is spent re-enforcing academic-year instruction and providing students with the following services to help them succeed in their future endeavors;

  • Six-week Summer Academy at COS,
  • Student are enrolled in college-level course work in the areas of math, lab science, composition, literature, and career exploration,
  • Educational and cultural field trips,

During the Summer Academy, the TRiO/UBMS Program provides academic tutoring, school supplies, transportation, and meals to participating students at no cost to them or their parents/guardians.


Voluntary Field Trips

Throughout the school year, the district may sponsor voluntary field trips and excursions in which students may want to participate. Be advised as stated in the California Code of Regulations, Sub Chapter 5, §55220(h), if students participate in a voluntary field trip or excursion, they are deemed to have held harmless the District, its officers, agents and employees from all liability or claims which may arise out of or in connection with students’ participation in this activity.


Veterans Resource Center 

Location: Visalia Campus - Sequoia 106
Phone: Visalia: (559) 730-3854
Website: https://www.cos.edu/en-us/student-support/veterans

The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) provides assistance to qualified veterans, reservists and dependents of veterans. Services include counseling, certification of benefits, a lending library, computer lab and a veteran’s lounge. All veterans are urged to contact the VRC to take advantage of the services provided.


Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act Program (WIOA)

Location: Visalia Campus - Sequoia 108
Phone: Visalia: (559) 730-3818
Website: 

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program at College of the Sequoias functions as a service provider for both the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County (WIB) and the Kings County Job Training Office (JTO). The program provides access to educational training for referred clients from both entities. The focus of the program is to provide educational training for job seekers to acquire industry-recognized credentials for in-demand occupations.