It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Student Support Services, TRIO (SSS) Program at Imperial Valley College.

The Student Support Services Program, also known as SSS or TRIO is one of three original Federal TRIO Programs (Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Student Support Services) which are authorized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1968. This Federal TRIO Program has grown to eight distinct programs across the country, in which we all share a common goal: increasing the enrollment in and completion of college for students from low-income, first generation, and disability backgrounds. Since 1975, SSS at Imperial Valley College has demonstrated these exact goals. Our services are patterned after the best practices in student retention and success, and thus reflect this goal. Our staff, most of whom share the same background as you – therefore we are committed to this common goal. Our goal is to increase the retention and graduates of traditionally-underrepresented students in higher education and can only be realized with your participation and commitment:

*YOU, the community who supports educational equity for all students.

*YOU, the faculty who challenges students to think critically and envision new possibilities;

*YOU, the family who provides support and encouragement.

*Most importantly, YOU the student who aspires to the goal of earning a college degree and commits to transforming your goals and dream into reality.

What is your dedication to your education? With this in mind, I encourage you to come join our Student Suppport Services TRiO Program Family. We are not just your SSS Staff, we are your TRiO community, your faculty, and your peers for support as you transform your dreams of achievement into reality as you pursue your college degree. We look forward to you joining our SSS Family.




Dolores Diaz-Cañez

Dolores Diaz-Cañez – Director

Student Support Services TRiO Program

Imperial Valley College