Apr 7, 2008

High School Goes Green With Connect!

Maynard High School Integrates with Connect! For "Green College Admissions": A National Initiative to Eliminate Over 750 Million Paper Documents Each Year

(Maynard, MA) March 26, 2008 - Maynard High School is going green with Connect! – the nation’s leading web solution for curriculum, college and career planning. Part of a national initiative to eliminate an estimated 750 million pieces of paper processed annually for college admissions, Maynard High School has joined the Connect! National Network™ in partnership with Boston-based ConnectEdu, Inc. to provide students and families with easy to use and comprehensive college and career planning technology tools. At no cost, all students, parents, and counselors are invited to introduce green initiatives into their college admissions process. With Connect!, students eliminate the exchange of paper-based recruiting publications and streamline admissions with the secure delivery of electronic admissions documents, including transcripts and letters of recommendation.

“For decades the college admissions process has remained nearly untouched. Despite dealing with the most environmentally-conscious college-bound generation, families have been asked to produce increasingly more paper documents,” said Maynard High School Guidance Counselor, Korey Barkley. “Connect! engages them in a comprehensive process that not only facilitates college access with must-have tools and resources for college planning, but is designed as a green solution. Everything can be accomplished in a single online environment – and at a fraction of the time and cost.”

ConnectEdu provides Connect! to high schools at no charge to:

Reduce Recruitment Waste
Connect! revolutionizes college recruitment by giving the student a well-informed voice in the process. Counselors and students collaborate on a curriculum plan for grades 9-12 that integrates academic strengths, identified interests, and career goals. Communication tools between counselors, students, and parents within Connect! allow for tracking progress against this individualized education plan. Then during college planning, Connect! uses the integrated student data to help create a list of best-fitting colleges. Students build recruitment relationships with the colleges of their choice to gather targeted information and eliminate the need for cumbersome and unsolicited recruitment brochures and guidebooks.

Eliminate Paper Admissions Documents
Connect! revolutionizes college admissions by streamlining the process of applying to college and the college’s application processing. Once the student has finalized the list of colleges to where they will apply, Connect! helps manage the tasks and deadlines for the family. During the application process, students can easily request and counselors can securely deliver electronic transcripts and letters of recommendation through Connect! to eliminate printing and mailing. Connect! automatically notifies counselors, students, family members and colleges of the progress in every step along the way.

Explore College Financing Electronically
As college financing has become an increasingly important and challenging component in college planning, Connect! has introduced a comprehensive online college financial planning resource. In one location, families can determine their cost gap and explore financing options to meet that gap. A national and local scholarship finder are available in addition to a unique budgeting tool that integrates career earnings information with anticipated debt burden. Families are also provided with interactive tools designed to assist in the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so they can apply accurately online to the government.

“We know our students are concerned about how they affect the environment and applying to college is no exception,” said Craig Powell, President & CEO of ConnectEdu, Inc. “We set out to help high schools and colleges work together to change how students approach college admissions. It is our partnership with schools like Maynard High School that is making a greener admissions process a reality.”

Colleges in the Connect! National Network™ have provided sponsorship of 1,000 high school implementations across the country to gain the benefits of Connect! at no cost. Progressive New England colleges that are already receiving electronic admissions documents through Connect! include: University of Massachusetts-Boston, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Newbury College, Quincy College, Roxbury Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, Massasoit Community College, Massachusetts Bay Community College, Boston University, Clark University, Daniel Webster College, University of Vermont, University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac University, University of New Haven. They join national institutions including University of Michigan, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, and Rutgers University.

For more information on ConnectEdu, or going green in the Connect! National Network™, call 888-887-8380 or log on to www.connectedu.net.

About ConnectEdu, Inc.
ConnectEdu is the nation’s leading technology firm dedicated to providing students, educators and employers with comprehensive solutions to successfully navigate education and employment transitions. ConnectEdu's mission is to democratize access to higher education and career opportunities for all students by empowering them and their advisors with the information, resources and collective bargaining power required to realize successful life-transitions.


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