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July 22, 2016

Tavorn to co-chair national TRIO conference

Cassandra Tavorn

Cassandra Tavorn

Cassandra Tavorn, director of TRIO programs at Northwest Missouri State University, will serve as co-chair of the 2016 Annual Conference for the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE.)

COE serves as the leading association dedicated to the advancement of college access for professionals at all levels. More than 1,500 people are expected to attend the 35th Annual Conference Aug. 31 through Sept. 3 in San Diego. This year’s theme, “College Access and Success – Making Equity and Inclusion Real,” will explore intellectually stimulating and engaging best practices on how to create an inclusive and equitable campus environment through intentional cultural competent programming.

COE is a nonprofit organization, established in 1981, dedicated to furthering the expansion of college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students, veterans and students with disabilities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Palau, Guam and Puerto Rico. Its membership includes more than 1,000 colleges and agencies. The Council works in conjunction with colleges, universities and agencies that host TRIO programs to help low-income students enter college and graduate, and 790,000 low-income students and students with disabilities receive college access and retention services each year through our member colleges and agencies.

TRIO is a federally recognized educational outreach program designed for students with disadvantaged backgrounds that help them overcome class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education. It serves as an umbrella organization for Northwest programs consisting of Student Support Services, Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science.

TRIO services include assistance with choosing and applying for colleges and financial aid; personal, financial and career counseling; workplace and college visits; and special instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and mathematics.

Northwest TRIO Programs are funded 100 percent by highly-competitive federal grants and are staffed by eight full-time and one part-time professional. For more information about TRIO programs at Northwest, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468