About Us


COPE Student Support Services (SSS) offers inclusive services to promote retention, graduation, and transfer to four-year institutions. Criteria for admission into this program is that a student be either first generation (neither parent graduated from a 4-year university), meet income guidelines, or have a documented phyiscal or hidden disability (i.e., learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder).


Services Offered

The program is based on a person-centered-planning model that includes:

► academic support

 advising assistance with course selection

► personal counseling

► tutoring

► mentoring

► transfer assistance and campus visits to four-year institutions

► career counseling

► financial literacy

► financial aid assistance with FAFSA, scholarships, etc.

COPE SSS Professional Advisory Board


  • Candace Joles – Director, COPE Student Support Services
  • Kendra Clauser – Assistant Professor, Performing Arts Center
  • Hope Clausman – Professor, Psychology
  • Bill Gollmitzer – Assistant Professor, Law and Safety
  • Ed King – Instructor, Fire Science
  • Cheryl Litherland – Coordinator, Clark Hall
  • Phyllis Richardson – Associate Professor, Hospitality
  • Kelly Renteria-Evans – Director, ETS 
  • Jana Vieck – Dean, College of Health Science and Human Performance
  • Dan Vaughn – Associate, Professor Earth Science
  • Nan Wagner – Student Support Facilitator, COPE SSS
  • Rich Welage – Professor, Construction Technology
  • Chris Westfall – Director, Experience VU SSSD