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Now Accepting Applicants for Special Programs at LACC

Originally Published: 8/28/2019

LACC has many specialty services available to students that can provide assistance with counseling, school resources, books, and more.

Specialized Support Programs provide supportive services for students who have encountered difficulty in education in the past, first-generation college students, former foster youth, and those who qualify for financial aid.

California Work Opportunities and Responsibility for Kids (CalWORKs)

Visit the CalWORKs Website

California Work Opportunities and Responsibility for Kids (CalWORKs) is an innovative program that provides FREE workforce training, education, and childcare services for students receiving public assistance.

Basic requirements to enroll in this service:
  • Student receives cash assistance from the Department of Social Services - GAIN
  • Student has a child under 18 years of age.
  • Student has or are in the process of developing a GAIN work plan which will refer the student to Los Angeles City College for education and training.
  • Student is enrolled in at least one class at LACC that meets their GAIN goal.
  • Student is approved by GAIN to receive post-employment or post-time limits services.
Services provided to students:
  • Specialized Counseling
  • Case Management
  • On/Off-Campus Work-Study Placement
  • Child Care Assistance
  • Job Development
  • Books and Supplies Voucher
  • Food Voucher
  • DAS Academy and other supportive programs


Visit the EOPS Website

​Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS/CARE) is a state-funded retention and support program designed to facilitate the success of the financially and educationally disadvantaged student. Services provided by EOPS include registration assistance, priority registration, EOPS mandatory orientations, academic counseling, book services, individualized & in-class tutoring, textbook assistance, transfer information, and much more.

Basic requirements to enroll in this service:
  • Student is a California resident or AB 540 student
  • Student qualifies for a California College Promise Grant (Fee Waiver)
  • Student must be enrolled in 12 or more units at LACC each semester; 6 units if participating in OSS or as authorized by OSS.
  • Student has completed less than 69 degree applicable units in total from all colleges attended.
  • Student has not earned an AA/AS degree or higher, or the equivalent of a foreign degree.
  • Student has been determined educationally disadvantaged.
Services provided to students:
  • Intensive academic counseling/education planning, career, and personal counseling
  • Priority Registration
  • Book assistance
  • Tutoring 
  • Group counseling sessions
  • Exposure to universities and cultural enrichment excursions
  • Graduation cap and gown
  • Achievement Ceremony

LACC Guardian Scholars

Visit the Guardian Scholars Website

The LACC Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) serves students who are current, former, or emancipated foster youth who are pursuing a path within higher education. GSP’s mission is to provide academic and personal guidance to help empower students on their educational journeys to earning a Career Technical Certificate, Associate’s Degree, and/or transfer to a university.

Basic requirements to enroll in this service:

We serve current or former foster youth enrolled at LACC who have proof of dependency or a Ward of the Court Document.

Examples of services provided to students:
  • Academic Counseling
  • Book & Laptop Loans
  • Financial Aid/Chafee Help
  • Mentoring & Tutoring
  • Mini Computer Lab
  • FREE Printing (Essays/Homework)
  • Book Vouchers and Book Loan
  • Workshops and Campus Tours
  • Housing Referrals
  • Personal Guidance & Counseling

LACC Upward Bound Program

Visit the Upward Bound Website

Upward Bound is a college preparation program for first generation/low-income students attending Belmont, Hollywood, Fairfax and Manual Arts high schools. We recruit students during their ninth grade year, bring them to campus for a Summer Academy, then support them as they go through all of their high school years. Our participants enroll in LACC classes during their high school summers, all in preparation for enrolling in a four year college.

Examples of services provided to students:
  • Dedicated Academic Advising
  • Tutoring Services
  • Study Skills Development Workshops
  • College Visits
  • College Application and Financial Aid Assistance
  • Career Advising

TRIO Student Support Services

Visit the TRIO Website

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program assists low income, first generation and/or disabled students by providing opportunities for academic development assistance with basic college requirements, and serving to motivate students who have a strong interest in obtaining an Associate's degree or certificate and transferring to a four year university.

Basic requirements to enroll in this service:
  • Student is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Student has been determined low income, first generation and/or disabled with evidence of academic need
  • Student has a commitment to transfer to four year institution with an A.A./A.S. degree
  • Student has not completed an Associates Degree
  • Student is enrolled in a minimum of 9 units per semester
Examples of services provided to students:
  • Academic, Career & Personal Counseling
  • Educational Workshops
  • One-on-One Math and English Tutoring
  • Laptop/calculator Loan Program
  • Free Cultural Events & Field Trips
  • Financial Aid Package Consideration

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