THE NICKEL AND THE NAIL
1971, the Executive Committee of the California Community College EOPS
Association (CCCEOPSA) adopted the Nickel and the Nail as the symbol of
aid offered to many California Community College students
through EOPS. This symbol, the EOPS logo, represents a successful effort
at helping to provide the motivation and means for students to reach
their educational goals. Here is the story:
A young man in the deep South
was walking down a dusty road to visit a lady friend, all too aware that
the nickel in his pocket was all he had in the world. That emptiness
tore away at his self esteem. But as he walked, he noticed two gnarled
horseshoe nails that were twisted together and lying by the road. He
picked them up and put them in his pocket, and as the metal jingled
against his meager fortune, the young man walked a little straighter,
with a little more pride and dignity. It is important to have “something
EOPS works to enhance self esteem, foster pride and dignity, and motivate people to more effectively define and pursue career goals.
The nails twisted
into a puzzle, suggesting the problem has yet to be unraveled for
helping people who, by circumstances of the society in which we live,
have been limited in meeting their own educational challenges.
Watch how our Peer Advisors portrayed the Nickel and the Nail story.