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.