keeps really good track of its EOPS students. There’s a lot
of support here that makes them feel like college is a second
home. I came from EOPS myself, so I know.”
being connected, files were getting organized, and Beatriz Magallon
was caught up in the whirlwind of her arrival at SMC. “But
I definitely feel like I’ve got my feet under me,” she
says. “I’m so excited to be here at SMC because of the
diversity of the students, their ages, and their backgrounds.
It’s a wonderful mix.”
counseling in EOPS is far more than a job: It’s a continuation
of her own life. “I really know the ropes here because EOPS
allowed me to become the first member of my family to go to college.
I never thought I’d have a college education, but I made
it!” she says with a satisfied laugh. “So for me, this
is the perfect program, one where I can help students with low
income or who haven’t been successful in high school. And
those who come to us will find that we’ll be with them every
step of the way. When young people haven’t learned all the
skills they need to make successful plans for college,” she
adds, “they need our help so that they meet deadlines and
make the most they possibly can out of college.”
program at SMC had Beatriz distinctly excited about enlisting
new generations of students. “Our RBI Program was funded—to
the tune of one million dollars—by Kevin Brown of the Dodgers.
And what we’re doing is teaching study skills in the high
schools to inner city ball players who may end up—aside from
being better students—as professional athletes. It’s
this kind of strong tie that SMC has with the community that makes
me feel so proud of what we’re doing.”
Counselor Beatriz Magallon began full-time at SMC in Fall ’99.