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).


Interested in applying? Click here for our NEW updated application, which you can complete on the computer and return to us at copeoffice@vinu.edu

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.

Professional Advisory Board

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
  • Guillaume Jaubert - Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Ed King – Instructor, Fire Science
  • Cheryl Litherland – Coordinator, Clark Hall
  • Brent Magruder - Admissions Counselor
  • Danny Ralston - Director, Learning Support Services
  • Kelly Renteria-Evans – Director, ETS 
  • Phyllis Richardson – Associate Professor, Hospitality
  • Ashton Singleton - Recruiter / Advisor Technology
  • Lisa Spivey - Director, Upward Bound
  • Jana Vieck – Dean, College of Health Science and Human Performance
  • Nan Wagner – Student Support Facilitator, COPE SSS
  • Stan Werene - Director, Financial Aid