Boston, Mass. – May 7, 2007– ConnectEdu, the nation’s leading provider of innovative college planning, admissions and financial aid solutions, announced today at the WorldatWork Total Rewards Conference the launch of the Connect! Career Network, an upcoming enhancement to the Connect! online portal. Already a market-leading web solution to help students map their future education plans, Connect! will now include a comprehensive career component that will guide students to a career choice that connects data-based academic strengths and preferred interests to job skills, employer needs and actual employment opportunities. ConnectEdu is currently partnering with progressive employers to create the national network and begin building relationships with the next generation of the workforce.
According to Craig Powell, President and Founder of ConnectEdu,
“As a result of working closely with employers, high schools and colleges, we learned that there is a gap in the ability to effectively assist students with career path planning and execution. Since we integrate directly with verified academic data, we are able to drive career choices based on actual performance and identified skills sets, as opposed to arbitrary, self-reported inventory tools that are not valued or used by students. Guidance counselors have told us they need more reliable career tools and employers have said current solutions don’t work when it comes to building relationships with the future workforce. Our extending of Connect! to include comprehensive career planning is a natural progression in our mission to assist students through successful education and life transitions.”
This Fall, students using Connect! will be invited into the Connect! Career Network at no cost to begin planning their future. In addition to college planning, Connect! will drive career paths to students based on their skills and identified interests. Connect! will then familiarize students with possible career choices; recommend applicable curriculum and programs of study; suggest appropriate community colleges, colleges and universities to begin study; and identify employers specializing in the student’s industries of interest. Employers will join the network to meet and mentor students interested in their field, their organization and opportunities including scholarships, internships and job opportunities. With hundreds of thousands of students and employers across the U.S. participating, the Connect! Career Network will foster improved student planning and counselor monitoring, relationship development and mentoring opportunities between career professionals and students, and, over time, the creation of a thoughtful, diverse career pipeline.
For more information on Connect! visit www.connectedu.net or call 617-532-3000.
About ConnectEdu, Inc.
In 2002, President & Founder Craig Powell established ConnectEdu to simplify the college admissions and financial aid process for all involved. Believing that students must be at the core of a solution, the ConnectEdu team began development of Connect! – a web solution that benchmarks every 9th -12th grade student against a comprehensive college plan, virtually connects high schools to higher education institutions directly, and provides the tools for everyone involved in the admissions and financial aid process to do their work. Students are empowered, parents are engaged and counselors are enabled with modern technology that enhances college counseling and allows them to return to the core of their mission – assisting students in making one of the most important decisions in their lives. Today, Connect! is the industry leading national going-to-college portal.