Jul 25, 2007

Henry Ford Community College First Community College in Michigan to Join Connect!

HFCC Partners with Dearborn School District to Join the Connect! National Network

Boston, MA – July 25, 2007 – ConnectEdu welcomes Henry Ford Community College, the first community college in Michigan to join the Connect! National Network as a result of ConnectEdu’s first high school/community college partnership. Henry Ford Community College is sharing the service fee with Dearborn High Schools to create a data network that will link student information systems among the schools. Joining 8 universities and over 150 high schools in Michigan, Henry Ford Community College now has the ability to receive True Electronic Transcripts from Dearborn High Schools through Connect! – ConnectEdu’s web solution for college admissions, financial aid and career planning. This partnership will streamline the admissions process and create a simplified process for students at Dearborn High Schools.

"This is an exciting project that will help us continue to provide fast, efficient service to our students," said Mark Ulseth, Director of Admissions and Registration at HFCC. "This new data network is another outstanding example of how HFCC partners with its local feeder high schools to provide excellent customer service using the latest technology."

According to Paul Smith, Superintendent for the Dearborn School District, “We are looking forward to working closely with Henry Ford Community College and other area colleges as we provide greater opportunities for our students. Connect!’s cutting-edge web technology offers an advantage to our students and will also benefit parents, counselors and the entire district.”

Although free to high schools, the Dearborn High Schools are sharing the service fee with Henry Ford Community College in a partnership to eliminate the costs of traditionally processing and mailing high school transcripts to the community college where a large percentage of their students already apply. This electronic transcript initiative is a result of ConnectEdu’s partnership with the Council of North Central Two-Year Colleges in which two year schools in the 19 state-organization are invited to partner with ConnectEdu at a lower cost.

Said Craig Powell, President of ConnectEdu, “We’re in the business of connecting high schools to colleges, but this creative collaboration between high schools and a college is new for ConnectEdu. This initiative clearly demonstrates the dire market need to streamline the data exchange between secondary education and higher education. We’re pleased that so many institutions in Michigan are looking to ConnectEdu to address this need.”

For more information on ConnectEdu or Connect! 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.


About Henry Ford Community College

Henry Ford Community College, located in Dearborn, MI, (www.hfcc.edu) was established in 1938 and is a two-year college serving approximately 25,000 students annually from southeast Michigan. HFCC offers liberal arts university transfer programs and associate degree and certificate career programs. HFCC also operates a continuing education program, the Center for Lifelong Learning (CL2), at its Dearborn Heights Center, as well as workforce training and corporate training programs at its Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) in East Dearborn.


###

Jul 23, 2007

Frank Vastola Joins ConnectEdu Team as Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing

Boston, MA – July 23, 2007 - ConnectEdu, a national education technology company, is pleased to announce the addition of Frank Vastola as Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing to oversee the growth of Connect! – the company’s college and career planning web portal. Vastola brings over 20 years of experience from across the areas of higher education administration and related technology sales, marketing and sales management to his new position with ConnectEdu.

As the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, Vastola was responsible for all of the institution’s marketing, recruitment, admission and financial aid operations. Following D’Youville, he then served as the Director of Alumni Admission Programs at Canisius College, also in Buffalo, NY. Vastola then became the Director of Admissions at Jacksonville University in Florida. At Jacksonville University, Vastola was the chief admissions and senior marketing officer responsible for all undergraduate marketing, recruitment, and admissions functions. As a higher education professional, Vastola has developed and implemented successful regional, national and international recruitment, marketing and enrollment strategies while serving at these institutions.

For the past eleven years, Vastola has held various sales and sales management positions in both emerging and leading higher education technology companies. He started at Applied Business Technologies, Inc. (ABT) as a Regional Sales Manager and eventually served as Regional Vice President for Sales. Vastola contributed to the growth of ABT leading to its acquisition by Systems and Computer Technology Corporation, Inc. (SCT) in 2002. Since the acquisition, he has served in both ERP sales and sales management roles for SCT and SunGard Higher Education, following the acquisition of SCT by SunGard in 2004.

In addition to Vastola’s work experience in the areas of higher education administration and technology, he also serves as a consultant in the areas of higher education marketing/recruitment and technology. Vastola holds both a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from the State University of New York.

“I’m excited to be joining the team at ConnectEdu,” said Vastola. “The Connect! technology levels the playing field and opens up all kinds of possibilities for students and families to both plan and succeed in the transition to college.”

“Frank is a proven leader and a success in both the fields of higher education and technology sales. His strong sales and marketing background that he brings to ConnectEdu will be a valuable asset as we continue to grow and develop our national network of high schools, community colleges and colleges,” said Craig Powell, ConnectEdu President and Founder.


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.

# # #

Jul 20, 2007

City University of New York (CUNY) First in New York to Partner with ConnectEdu

CUNY to Deploy Connect!, a Web-based Solution for College Planning and Admissions

Boston, MA – July 20, 2007 – ConnectEdu, the nation’s leading provider of innovative college planning, admissions and financial aid solutions, today announced its partnership with The City University of New York and its 23 institutions to deploy the Connect!® online portal. As the first institution of higher education in New York to introduce this web platform, CUNY will lead the state initiative to support New York high school students, parents and guidance counselors in the college planning and application process, while modernizing admissions.

The City University of New York, the nation’s largest urban public university, joins a national network of high schools, community colleges, colleges and universities that have embraced the unique web-based service to simplify the “going to college” process for everyone engaged in student success. Designed with customized online tools for each user category, Connect! provides one centralized platform that, for the first time, systematically connects secondary education to higher education through secure web technology. The City University of New York is positioned to be the first in New York to begin electronically receiving application materials, including transcripts and recommendation letters, using XML data exchange and will also begin meeting new students through this secure, gated community.

“CUNY is pleased to become the first university in the state to partner with ConnectEdu,” said Richard Alvarez, University Director of Admissions. “We feel that with this initiative we are exposing more students to a streamlined application process, and therefore building greater access and opportunity for all college bound students in New York. Access and putting the students first- this is at the core of our mission. We explored other options and found that Connect! was the only cost-effective technology solution that also put students first. New Yorkers know a great bargain when they see one and this new initiative will help them connect to a successful future.”

The City University of New York joins a national campaign to provide high schools the Connect! platform at no charge to students, parents or guidance counselors. ConnectEdu will be working with CUNY and its institutions statewide to begin connecting high schools in New York to build a regional network. Additional progressive colleges committed to this initiative include University of Connecticut, Rutgers University, Old Dominion University, Towson University, University of Kansas, University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Missouri State University. By sponsoring the implementation in all New York high schools and encouraging all New York colleges and universities to connect, CUNY demonstrates its commitment to simplify college admissions and create a user-friendly approach through new technology.

“ConnectEdu is focused on students.” said Craig Powell, President of ConnectEdu. “We created Connect! to simplify the admissions and financial aid processes so everyone involved in helping the student succeed has more opportunity to guide them as they make one of the most important decisions in their life. Our partnership with The City University of New York represents a major step towards changing the way families in New York approach college admissions.”

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.


About The City University of New York
The City University of New York is the nation's largest urban public university with 23 institutions: eleven senior colleges, six community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law at Queens College , the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. The University serves more than 226,000 degree-credit students and 230,000 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University's academic enrichment program for 32,500 high school students is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 280 high schools throughout the five boroughs of the City of New York. With new academic programs and raised admissions standards for freshmen and transfer applicants, more students than ever are applying which has led to CUNY’s record-breaking enrollments.


###

Jul 11, 2007

Lindenwood University To Partner With ConnectEdu

St. Charles, MO – July 11, 2007 – ConnectEdu, the nation’s leading provider of innovative college planning, admissions and financial aid solutions, announced its partnership with Lindenwood University, the fastest-growing private university in Missouri, to deploy the Connect!® online portal. As one of the first institutions of higher education in the state to introduce Connect!®, Lindenwood University will lead the initiative to support Missouri high school students, parents and guidance counselors in the college planning and application process, while modernizing admissions.

Lindenwood University joins a national network of high schools, community colleges, colleges and universities that have embraced the unique web-based service to simplify the “going to college” process for everyone engaged in student success. Designed with customized online tools for each user channel, Connect! provides one centralized platform that, for the first time, systematically connects secondary education to higher education through secure web technology.

“Lindenwood University is pleased to become one of the first universities in the state to partner with ConnectEdu,” said Dr. James Evans, President. “After evaluating all the options available to us, we chose Connect!, not only because it is one of the most efficient and cost-effective solutions, but because ConnectEdu shares our mission to help students. Like ConnectEdu, we encourage all young people to pursue higher education, and by providing Connect! to all high schools in Missouri, we hope to facilitate opportunities for a new generation of college-bound students.”

Lindenwood University is positioned to be one of the first in Missouri to electronically receive application materials, including transcripts and recommendation letters, using XML data exchange. With Connect!’s True Electronic Transcripts™, Lindenwood will have the ability to receive official student transcripts as true data points securely delivered from the high school student information system directly into Lindenwood’s student information system. The electronic exchange eliminates paper and data re-entry, automatically matches applicant files, provides instant receipt verification and allows for GPA recalculation and other automated data functions customized for Lindenwood’s admissions office. By reducing administrative tasks, Connect! gives admissions officers more time to spend with prospects and applicants to build better relationships and, ultimately, facilitates more timely admissions decisions.

Lindenwood University will also modernize their admissions practices with the addition of Connect!’s secure electronic recruitment tools. By joining Connect!’s national network, Lindenwood University will be invited to interact with hundreds of thousands of Connect! users, in Missouri and nationwide, actively engaged in the “going-to-college” process. With criteria that include location, academic performance, extracurricular involvement and reported interests, the search tools allow admissions officers to introduce themselves to students who best map to Lindenwood’s retention data. On a permission-only basis, admissions officers will now be able to build relationships with prospective high school students who would most likely be successful at Lindenwood University based on targeted data at a depth previously unavailable.

Lindenwood University joins a national campaign to provide high schools the Connect! platform at no charge to students, parents or guidance counselors. ConnectEdu will be working with Lindenwood University to begin connecting high schools in Missouri to build a regional network. Additional progressive colleges committed to this initiative include University of Connecticut, Rutgers University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Missouri State University, Old Dominion University and Truman State University. By sponsoring the implementation of Connect! in all Missouri high schools and encouraging all Missouri colleges and universities to connect, Lindenwood University demonstrates its commitment to democratizing college admissions and creating greater access to higher education through new technology.

“ConnectEdu is focused on students,” said Craig Powell, President of ConnectEdu. “We created Connect! to empower students as they consider their college options. In one online location, we provide the most comprehensive planning tools as well as information on financing an education. Our goal is to make sure everyone supporting the student has access to the most reliable information; can easily communicate with each other; and will ultimately guide the student in making one of the most important decisions in their life. Our partnership with Lindenwood University represents a major step towards changing the way families in Missouri approach college admissions.”

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.

About Lindenwood University
Lindenwood University is a dynamic four-year liberal arts institution dedicated to excellence in higher education. Nestled amid the beautiful linden trees, our historic 500-acre campus is situated in the heart of St. Charles, Mo., a growing community of 62,000 just west of St. Louis.

We offer more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to nearly 15,000 students through values-centered programs that lead to development of the whole person. Our faculty, staff and administration are committed to an integrative liberal arts curriculum that focuses on the talents, interests and future of our students. Lindenwood is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Lindenwood University is known nationally and internationally for innovation, entrepreneurship and extraordinary dedication to students. Lindenwood is truly a galaxy populated by bright stars in an expanding universe of opportunity.

We believe that education is the way to personal freedom and responsibility, which are the keystones of any democracy. We have a liberal arts heritage that goes back 180 years. In that time, we have learned how to educate in a way that helps each student become a self-sufficient, effective, contributing citizen.

Lindenwood is an independent institution firmly rooted in Judeo-Christian values. Those values include belief in an ordered, purposeful universe, the dignity of work, the worth and integrity of the individual, the obligations and privileges of citizenship and the primacy of truth.

###