BY MARINA PADILLA
Tony Clerc, professor at COD and fellow veteran is now director of TRiO Veteran Services, a federally funded program.
Not to be confused with the other general student TRiO programs available here at COD, TRiO Veterans Services specializes in assisting student veterans. This new program offers: counseling, free one-on-one tutoring, workshops on many different things , scholarship assistance and much more.
Clerc said, “We’ll set up a Student Education Plan where we’ll tell them exactly what classes they need to take, we’ll also help with financial aid and filling out the FAFSA, graduation and transfer assistance, and we can also
help them write letters of recommendation, basically anything they need help with for transfer to a four-year university.”
Criteria required: military veteran or reservist, most students have to have financial need, and be first generation college student, with academic need, a plan to graduate and transfer, academic standing and residency status.
Professor Clerc grew up in the Coachella Valley, graduating from College of the Desert in, then transferring to UC Davis to achieve his Bachelor’s Degree. Clerc traveled around the world teaching English and came back to the United States to work on his Master’s degree at Boston University in 2009, and started teaching Political Science and History at COD.
“One day A student veteran came up to me and asked if I would be interested in becoming a faculty advisor for the Student Veteran Organization,” Clerc said, “So I basically have been involved with the student veteran population at COD since 2009.”
TRiO Veteran Services is now accepting applications. “We support them and provide assistance anyway we possibly can.” Clerc said.
You must be serious about your school work. The application process requires answering a series of questions. Once you have completed the application return it to Clerc and you will be called for an interview. The application has more in-depth information about this new program. If interested, contact Antoine Tony Clerc in the LA building, room 1. Phone: 442-400-5306, Fax: 760-776-7247, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.