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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





Michael Crase, M.A., P.P.S.C.
TRiO Counselor
Tel: 760-396-2390


I am excited to return to the TRiO-EVC family as the Instructional Support Specialist. Before I transferred to University of California, Santa Barbara I served as a Student Worker for TRiO-EVC.  I was born and raised in the Coachella Valley and attended College of the Desert where I completed my general education. At UCSB I graduated with a double major in Sociology and Feminist Studies and a minor in Educational Studies with Applied Psychology. As the first person in my family to obtain a college degree, I am very aware of the challenges and struggles first generation students may face. As a product of a TRiO program, I am eager to give back and assist students that exhibit the drive, dedication and perseverance to earn a college degree. My next goal in my life is to attend graduate school and work towards becoming an educational counselor to further assist students in achieving their academic goals.

Kimberly Bolanos, B.A.
Instructional Support Specialist
Tel: 760-396-2390
kbolanos@collegeofthedesert.edu ​


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


Summer 2015 Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Fall 2015 Hours

TRIO Counseling Hours for Indio EVC   

Tuesdays: 8:00am to 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