The TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) programs, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, seeks to assist low-income, first generation college students to complete their degrees and transfer to four-year institutions. Currently, COD supports three TRiO SSS programs: SSS-ACES, SSS-DSPS and the SSS-Veterans programs. The programs provide free one-on-one counseling, graduation and transfer assistance, tutorial services, college tours, and priority enrollment for eligible participants. 

All SSS programs are open to any COD student who meets low-income criteria and who would be the first in their family to attain a college degree. SSS-ACES serves the general student population while SSS-DSPS has a similar eligibility criteria; however, it has a special focus on assisting students who have verified disabilities. The SSS-Veterans program aims to help veteran students succeed academically. The eligibility requirements are the same as the other two SSS programs; however, participants have to be military veterans or reservists.

Students interested in participating in the programs should visit the following TRiO offices in South Annex rooms 10 & 12 or call the following numbers:

    SSS-ACES: (760) 776-7347
    SSS-DSPS: (760) 636-7940
    SSS-Veterans: (760) 674-7805