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Director of TRIO Student Support Servies DSPS 
Tula Marin, M.A., P.P.S.C.
Director of TRIO SSS DSPS

I am the TRiO DSPS Director. I am also an advisor for TRiO Club and Alas con Futuro. I am excited to be able to work with each and every single one of you.

I have worked within Federal TRiO grants for 11 years, and my passion is creating student success and building a TRiO family. I started in the field of education as an AVID Tutor, then became an Earth Science Teacher, Counselor, Coordinator and now TRiO Director. Each experience has been a wonderful because I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with students and share my story and experiences. For my own education, I attended the University of Redlands for my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and minor in Physical Education. After my Bachelor’s Degree, I continued at University of Redlands where I earned my Master’s Degree in Counseling. I attended San Diego State University for additional courses to enhance my experiences in community college counseling.

I am a true believer of and am passionate about Higher Education. Many of you have seen me on campus when I was the TRiO EVC Coordinator, Counselor, and Project Director. I was previously located at the Mecca Thermal Campus serving TRIO EVC students for the last four years. I am very excited to be able to join TRiO DSPS SSS.

TRiO SSS DSPS/Adjunct Counselor
(760) 636-7974

Kimberly Bolanos
TRiO SSS DSPS/ Instructional Support Specialist

I am thrilled to return to a TRiO-SSS program 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 a product of TRiO-ACES, I am eager to give back to a similar program 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.

Israel Rivera
TRiO SSS DSPS/ Program Secretary
(760) 636-7974

I am the TRiO DSPS Secretary and I am very excited to be able to work with TRiO DSPS Students. I attended American InterContinental University in 2006 and received an Associate of Arts in Business Administration Business. I am happy to join College of the Desert team. I plan to make a career here at College of the Desert within time. I want to assist TRiO DSPS studentsto use all the resources that are available to them at College of the Desert. I look forward to working with TRiO SSS DSPS program.