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In November 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 to jingle.”   

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.​