Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – A Coahoma Community College staff member has been named Vice President of a non-profit consortium of professionals whose goal is to level the playing field of educational opportunity for first-generation, low-income, underrepresented, disabled students and veterans.
Joseph McKee, CCC’s director of educational talent search, will help lead the Mississippi Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP), a state association designed for entities with federal TRIO programs— federal outreach and student services programs, such as Upward Bound, Talent Search and Student Support Services, that are designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
McKee was nominated and elected as vice-president of the organization during the Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (SAEOPP) in February and will be installed this week during the spring MAOEOPP meeting in Olive Branch, MS.
He plans to use the position to help promote, lobby and advocate TRIO programs statewide.
“Basically, I hope to network with other programs, to increase our resource capability in providing services to our students, and to also be an advocate for TRIO programs statewide,” he said.
As the Director of Talent Search, McKee oversees programs, funded by the Department of Education, that partners CCC with five target schools (South Delta High School, Coahoma County High School, Coahoma Agricultural High School, Clarksdale High School and Madison Palmer High School) to provide services that aid students’ success in high school and prepare them for college.
He has been a member of MAEOPP since taking on his current position at CCC in 2012.