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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 $250 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:

Linda Michalowski
vice chancellor

Koney Austinn
assistant to the vice chancellor

Jeff Spano
dean: dean: DSPS, Health Services, Mental Health Services, Transfer/Articulation, Veterans Services

Jeff Spano
interim dean: EAP, Outreach, Student Success and Support Program

Sarah Tyson
dean: CalWORKs, CARE, Child Development/Early Childhood Education, COTOP, EOPS, FKCE, Foster Youth Success Initiative, SFAP



Vice Chancellor of Student Services

Linda Michalowski

Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Special Programs Linda Michalowski has served in her present position since 2003. She is responsible for policy and programs to provide educational opportunity and help students achieve their educational goals, including outreach, admissions, assessment, orientation, financial aid, counseling, health services, child development centers, student leadership, transfer and articulation, and specialized support services for students with disabilities, veterans, foster youth and other at-risk student populations.

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