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What is TRiO/SSS (Student Support Services)?

College of the Desert  TRiO/Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program through the Department of Education designed to serve Eastern Valley students. COD EVC TRiO/SSS annually provides individual and group services to 140 students so that they develop the skills and motivation necessary to achieve a bachelor's degree.
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I am a Coordinator/Counselor for the TRIO SSS EVC program. I am very excited to be able to work with students with diverse backgrounds at College of the Desert. It’s a pleasure to be able to assist students with their educational goals and to contribute to their individual growth as a person. I was born and raised in the Coachella Valley. I attended school and graduated high school within the Palm Springs Unified School District, and continued my education at the University of Redlands. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in Physical Education from the University of Redlands.  I also received my Master of Arts in Education in the field of Counseling along with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from the University of Redlands. In addition to my education, I have 10 years of experience in the K-12 setting where I served the Coachella Valley in various roles such as AVID tutor, Teacher, Mentor, and Counselor. I have also had the opportunity to work in higher education during the last four years at several institutions. I also attended San Diego State University where I have received a great amount of hands-on experience. I love to travel, and enjoy meeting and working with new people as I get to learn their unique individuality.

Tula Marin, M.A., P.P.S.C. 
Tel: 760-396-2152   



I am an adjunct counselor for the TRIO SSS EVC Program located at the College of the Desert Thermal/Mecca Campus.  I am ecstatic about the opportunity to serve the diverse students of College of the Desert.  I am happy to be part of a team where the emphasis is on students completing their degrees and transferring to a four year university.  I have always carried an intense passion to assist students in reaching their academic and educational goals.  Knowing that I have helped students succeed and seeing students achieve success in regards to their education gives me tremendous pride and joy and motivates me to work harder to help students. 

I received my Bachelors of Arts in Communications at California State University San Bernardino and went on to complete my Masters of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Counseling at Point Loma Nazarene University. 

I also love to travel and interact with individuals from all over the world that represent our world’s different cultures and civilizations.   

James Conners, M.A. 
TRiO Counselor
Tel: 760-396-2792 ​
        Ricardo.JPG It is with great excitement that I join the TRiO family in where I hope to assist students reach their academic goals. After attending different high schools in Northern California, I graduated from La Quinta High School. After high school, I started my journey to a higher education at College of the Desert in where I obtained an Associate’s Degree in Psychology. With the help of family, friends and staff at College of the Desert, I was able to transfer to California State University Northridge where I continue to work towards my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Serving and giving back to my community is something that is close to my heart, since that is something my parents instilled in me. Another passion of mine is to travel and expand my knowledge of all that this world has to offer with its many cultures and traditions. It is for these reasons that I hope to one day devote my time as a Peace Corp Volunteer. Attending graduate school is certainly in my academic plans, where I will improve my skills and knowledge in order to better assist my community. 
Ricardo Chavez-Chaidez, A.A. 
Program Secretary

Tel: 760-862-1322 


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I am very eager to be working with the TRiO family and that I will be helping students achieve their career goals.  I have been a member of the TRiO program for a few years now and I have appreciated all of the assistance that I have received from the staff. I am glad I can provide similar assistance to my fellow students. I grew up in North Shore, and I attended Coachella Valley High School. After I graduated from high school, I did not go straight to college. I was unsure on what I wanted to do, so I enjoyed life for a few years. I struggled without guidance. After that I was attending a class on Mecca campus and one of the TRiO staff members came into the class and shared about the program. I decided to sign up and that was the key to my education. Finally, I am now proud to say that I am graduating from College of the Desert this spring. I will be attending a 4 year university next fall, in a pre-veterinarian program.  
Tanya Andrade
Student Worker
Tel: 760-396-2390


TRIO Counseling Hours for Indio EVC   

Tuesdays: 8:00am-5:00pm  

Hours in Mecca-Thermal Campus:                

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Counseling Hours for Palm Desert

 Friday: 8:00am-12:00pm

Main office Number (760) 396-2390 Text Number: (760) 209-5832