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About Student Services and Special Programs


The Student Services and Special Programs division provides leadership and technical assistance for policy and programs that support student access, equity and success.  The division administers more than $590 million annually in categorical and grant funds that help colleges provide support services across the campus and supplemental services for special populations.


Programs include California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs),campus safety, child development/early childhood education, Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE), Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS), Early Assessment Program (EAP), Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS), Foster and Kinship Care Education (FKCE), Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI), health services, Student Success & Support Program (SSSP), mental health services, outreach, Puente Project, service learning, student equity, student financial assistance programs, student leadership, textbook affordability, transfer and articulation, and veterans services. 


Key Contacts

Vice Chancellor (Vacant)

Assistant to the Vice Chancellor (Vacant)

Rhonda Mohr, Dean: Admissions, Assessment, COTOP, EAP, Foster Youth Success Initiative, Student Equity, Student Financial Assistance Programs, Student Success and Support Program

Margaret Ortega, Dean:
DSPS, Health Services, Mental Health Services, Student Leadership, Transfer and Articulation

Sarah Tyson, Dean: CAFYES, CalWORKs, Campus Safety, CARE, Child Development/Early Childhood Education, EOPS, FKCE, Veterans Services

Vice Chancellor of Educational Services

Pamela D. Walker, Ed.D.

Dr. Pamela D. Walker serves as vice chancellor for educational services at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and leads the divisions of Academic Affairs, Student Services and Workforce and Economic Development.

Dr. Walker is a highly regarded educational leader with experience as a faculty member and administrator in the K-12 system, multiple four-year university systems and in the California Community Colleges. She came to the Chancellor’s Office from American River College after spending 12 years in positions as the dean of science and allied health, associate vice president for instruction, vice president for student services and interim president. At Cerritos College, she was the dean of heath, physical education, recreation, athletics and dance and interim dean of admissions and records.