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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.
I am very proud to be serving College of the Desert as the Program Coordinator for the TRIO EVC program. Prior to my service here, I worked with the TRIO Program ACES in Palm Desert for 3 years and taught elementary, middle and high school for 15 years in the Coachella Valley. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts/ English from Hanover College, Indiana, completed a Third Arts program at the University College Cork, Ireland , and my Master’s Degree in Career Counseling as well as a teaching and administrative credentials at Chapman University. I have a wife and three children and in my free time I enjoy spending time with them and creating music.
Scott Cooper, MA
Trio Project Director/ Counselor
Tel: (760) 396-2390

I am a counselor for the TRIO 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 7 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. Currently, I attend 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, MA
Tel: 760-396-2818   

  I’m excited to be part of TRiO and help students accomplish their educational goals. My journey started at Coachella Valley High School, then attended College of the Desert and transferred to Cal-State San Bernardino where I received my Bachelor of Arts, in Business Administration with a Minor in Finance. I enjoy traveling and being involved in the community, but most important is spending time with my family! I look forward to meeting you.









Student Worker

Alejandra Bautista

Fernanda Fajardo


TRIO Counseling Hours for Indio EVC   

Tuesdays: 8:00am-5:00pm  
Friday      8:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m.                                 


Hours in Mecca-Thermal Campus:                

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


Counseling Hours for Palm Desert

Hours at Palm Desert will be announced for Fall.