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TRIO announces funding for Starting Point and two new Student Support Services programs at MCTC

Posted on: August 31st, 2010 by insidemctc No Comments

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) received funding from the U.S. Department of Education for three TRIO programs – Starting Point and two new Student Support Services programs.

MCTC’s Starting Point program will continue to be funded for the next five years. Since 1980, Starting Point has served eligible first-generation, low-income students by providing tutoring and supplemental instruction; academic, career and financial aid advising; exposure to careers, cultural events and academic programs not usually available to disadvantaged students; and a range of other programs designed to increase the college retention, transfer and graduation rates of program participants. (more…)

Janet M. Tauer Elected President of the Mid-America Association of Educational Program Personnel

Posted on: August 10th, 2010 by insidemctc 20 Comments

Janet M. Tauer, director of the Educational Opportunity Center at MCTC, has been voted President-Elect of the regional Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP). Established in 1975, MAEOPP advocates for low income, first generation, and disabled students, who are the least likely to enroll in and obtain a college degree.

MAEOPP is a non-profit consortium professionally representing colleges, universities, and agencies that host federal TRiO programs and similar educational opportunity programs in the Midwest. MAEOPP is a member organization of the internationally recognized Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). As president-elect and president, Janet will serve on the board of directors of COE. Janet will take office in November at the regional conference in Indiana.

Janet is in her 28th year leading, advocating and working with TRiO students with the MCTC Educational Opportunity Center, and in developing community relationships, and establishing sites, partnerships and collaborations on events.

Janet believes the need to advance the concerns of low income, first generation youth and adults has never been more essential. Rising costs of education, coupled with increases in numbers of people in poverty along with flagging government commitment, support and funding create a dire situation. She believes collaboration with similar college access programs and engagement with local foundations, higher education coalitions and businesses will increase our effectiveness and our capability to serve more students in need.

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