Welcome to our MO-KAN-NE Website! 

MO-KAN-N‚ÄčE (MKN) is the 3-state chapter of the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP), one of the 10 regional associations in the U.S. that form the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). The Council represents TRIO programs nationwide.  

There are 137 TRIO programs in the MKN service region with approximately 39 million dollars going to programs that help serve over 43,000 participants. 

Our Purpose: 

The Mission of the Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Chapter of the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel is to:

  • Provide professional development and resources to its members;
  • Provide assistance to income-eligible, first-generation, or under-represented students, students with disabilities and veterans in their effort to gain access to and succeed in post-secondary and graduate education;
  • Provide information regarding issues of equal access to higher education.

What We Do:  

  • Direct communication among individual members and member institutions.
  • Research topics relevant to our mission.
  • Host conferences for members and educational opportunity program allies.
  • Promote professional standards in the field.
  • Promote public awareness of issues important to our constituents.
  • Provide quick, informed and meaningful responses at the state and national levels to issues affecting education for our constituents.
  • Educate state and national leaders to our purpose, importance and impact on the lives of our constituents.
  • Maintain regular communication among members through the MKN Newsletters and Website.            
MKN TRIO Advocacy Handbook
MKN Advocacy Handbook 2014

MKN TRIO Executive Reports 2014
      Missouri 2014 Executive Report
      Kansas 2014 Executive Report     
      Nebraska 2014 Executive Report

MO-KAN-NE is a part of Mid-America Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP). To learn more about our region and to access the website, please use the following link

The Council for Opportunity in Education is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding college opportunities for low-income, first generation students and students with disabilities. To learn more, use the following



TRIO/SSS and McNair Scholars Program continue to be influential in my second year of teaching.  I am the 7th through 12th grade social studies teacher for Calhoun High School in Calhoun, MO.  My experiences and knowledge of TRIO Programs have been useful in my classroom by helping my students with college and career planning choices, as well as an understanding that we can all succeed with the right encouragement. 

Calhoun High School is a rural Missouri school about 30 miles south of UCM.  Over 60% of our students receive free or reduced lunches, and over 30% live in poverty.  The support that I received from TRIO /SSS and McNair has provided me a greater appreciation and a desire to give what I can to help my students succeed. 

Now, halfway through my second year as a teacher, I clearly understand the need to continue support for programs such as TRIO/SSS and McNair.  These programs offer opportunities to students who would otherwise never have a chance to change their lives and influence the generations to come.  I expect to send many students your direction in the future because I know that you will help them the same way you helped me.

At this time, my future plans are to continue teaching history, coaching basketball, and mentoring and advising students for many years to come.  I intend to return to UCM in the near future to begin work on my master’s degree in Literacy.