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TRIO Mentors

Mentor/Mentee Sessions: Dates-March 20, 2015 R.M. B6, April 10, 2015 R.M. N7, April 24, 2015 R.M N7. Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm

May 8th Dinner: TBA 6p.m.-8p.m. 

The Trio program has 7 Mentors this Spring semester to assist students in their journey through college. Mentor students are near graduation and have accumulated a great deal of practical advice and skills to share with fellow students.  They attend trainings each semester and are actively involved in TRIO activities. Some even hold officer positions in the club.


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Mentor Aaron Ortiz
I am 19 years old and I am completing my fourth semester.  I am planning to transfer to a four-year institution after I complete the requirements satisfactorily. My primary goal is to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry as well as a license to be able to work as a Chemist.   
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Mentor Carmen Galvan
Hello, my name is Carmen Galvan. I am 21 years old. This is my third semester in COD; I will graduate in the summer 2014. Transferring to San Bernardino University into the nutrition program, I plan on getting my masters in nutrition.With my goals set i plan on working as a professional nutritionist in a hospital.
Mentor Katrina Clarke
I am currently in my fourth semester at the College of the Desert and will achieve my Liberal Arts degree in 2015. I will transfer to California State University and get my Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. My plan is to obtain my Master’s Degree in Leadership Skills and run an Occupational Therapy Program at a hospital. College of the Desert has been a very positive experience and I appreciate the help the TRIO program has given me. I look forward to helping new TRIO students obtain their goals.
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Mentor Esmeralda Barajas

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Mentor Joanna Rodiguez

Hi there! I am currently a full-time student and I am in my fourth semester of college. I will be transferring to a 4-year institution in fall 2015. At the moment, I am 19 years old and I am majoring in Psychology. Also, I am treasurer of the TRiO club and this is my first time as a TRiO mentor, so I’m feeling pretty excited! Hoping for the best this spring semester and I wish you all good luck! *fingers crossed* :)

Mentor Manuel Rodriguez

My name is Manuel Rodriguez, I am 20 years of age, and I am currently completing my sixth semester at COD. I am looking forward to graduate this semester and receive my Associates in Liberal Arts in Business Technology. I am planning to pursue my Bachelors at a UC and then obtain my Masters at USC. I am currently the Student President of the Trio Club and hope to use all the tools I learn there in my journey after I graduate. Being in the Trio program has definitely taught me how to prioritize my work and future before anything else. I wish to share the knowledge I’ve picked up with students coming in to Trio who are also eager and open to learn. Trio has played a major role in shaping me into the student I am today and I look forward to watching many more students unfold with the help of Ms. Marin and the entire Trio staff.