May 15, 2007

ConnectEdu Triples its Workforce in Less Than A Year

Leaders From Across Higher Education Join the Team

Boston, Mass - May 15, 2007 - In less than a year, ConnectEdu, Inc. has more than tripled its number of employees including several leaders from within higher education. ConnectEdu’s Connect! is the industry-leading web solution for college planning, admissions and financial aid that connects high schools to higher education. For the past five years, ConnectEdu has built a team of individuals, now totaling more than 50 employees spread across the country, dedicated to simplifying the “going to college” process including the new Director of Community College Relations, Dr. Norman K. Myers.

Dr. Myers, President Emeritus, Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, Missouri, brings over 30 years of experience as a Community College President to ConnectEdu. As the founding President at OTC, Dr. Myers led an institution with an initial enrollment of just under 1200 in 1991 to one of the largest community college systems in the Midwest with an enrollment of over 22,000 students. Myers was awarded Community Developer of the Year in 1999 after OTC built a $45 million campus in Springfield. He added OTC extension campuses in Bolivar, Lebanon, St. Robert/Ft. Wood and Branson, Missouri. Dr. Myers also played an instrumental role at OTC in the planning and development of the new $15 million South Campus in Christian County.

Prior to his presidency at Ozarks Technical Community College, Dr. Myers also served as President at Southwestern Community College in Sylva, North Carolina and Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas. In addition to his higher education experience, Myers has served students as an assistant principal and high school teacher. Dr. Myers received his bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Missouri- Columbia. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Community College Association and the Regional Consortium for Educational Technology-Southwest.

Craig Powell, ConnectEdu President and Founder, is excited about adding Dr. Myers to the team at ConnectEdu. “We are thrilled that Dr. Myers has joined the ConnectEdu team. With over 30 years of experience leading community colleges, he understands the challenges and opportunities that face counselors and advisors at two-year institutions. He shares our passion for wanting to empower students, parents and counselors and make both the going-to-college and the transfer process less complicated for our students. Dr. Myers will be instrumental as we continue to serve more community colleges nationwide,” said Powell.

Dr. Myers is one of several education professionals to recently join ConnectEdu from colleges and community colleges. “When we talk to admissions directors and enrollment management staff, we have a better understanding of their needs and concerns due to our own experience in those roles,” said Powell. “As we grow rapidly this year, we are making sure to not lose sight of our #1 priority – assisting students with one of the most important decisions of their lives. Many of the talented folks we have hired have been doing that their entire professional lives,” said Powell.

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.

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