About Us

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).

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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

  • Guillaume Jaubert - Assistant Professor, Mathematics

  • Ed King – Instructor, Fire Science

  • Cheryl Litherland – Coordinator, Clark Hall

  • 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