Mar 9, 2009

ConnectEDU Partners With QuestBridge

Provides Greater Resource Access for Guidance Counselors and Students within the ConnectEDU National Network™

(Boston, MA) March 9, 2009 – ConnectEDU, Inc., (www.connectedu.net) the Web-based leader in using data to connect students with colleges and employers through the nation’s largest college and career planning network, has partnered with QuestBridge, the Web-based leader in recruiting talented low-income students to top colleges, to bring guidance counselors and students using the ConnectEDU National Network more resources. With more than 2,000 high schools in the network, the over 300 colleges in the network will now be able to build relationships with hard-to-reach students and also inform them of the college assistance opportunities available to them through QuestBridge. QuestBridge partners with 26 top American Universities including Stanford, Yale, Amherst, Columbia, MIT and Princeton.

“Today’s partnership with QuestBridge helps further our goal of filling the ‘opportunity gap’ that currently exists for students pursuing higher education,” said ConnectEDU President and CEO, Craig Powell. “ConnectEDU hopes to reach an even broader base of students and help them succeed in becoming better prepared for college and more aware of all the opportunities available to them.”

QuestBridge and ConnectEDU’s combined offerings will now be available to students within ConnectEDU’s technology solutions, integrating QuestBridge’s National College Match Program and College Prep Scholarship applications with ConnectEDU’s college resource database, and expanding ConnectEDU’s existing user base of more than one million prospective students. This new portfolio of resources will be able to better reach a population of motivated, low-income students to offer both educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation’s best colleges, as well as provide the data and resources needed to make informed college application decisions.

“QuestBridge and ConnectEDU have partnered for a synergistic approach to level the playing field in the area of college access,” said QuestBridge Founder and President, Michael McCullough. “Together, our companies will be able to provide greater access to resources for both guidance counselors and students in the ConnectEDU National Network, most importantly, enhancing access to post secondary education for underserved students. Colleges in both the QuestBridge and ConnectEDU National Networks will now be able to cost-effectively find and build relationships with previously hard to reach talented, low-income students.”

QuestBridge application tools now offered within ConnectEDU’s solutions include the QuestBridge National College Match, which helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation's most selective colleges, and the QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship, which provides awards that equip outstanding low-income high school juniors with the knowledge necessary to compete for admission to top-ranked colleges.

For more information on ConnectEDU or QuestBridge call 888-748-8188 or visit connectedu.net or QuestBridge.org.

About QuestBridge
QuestBridge, an initiative of the Quest Scholars Program, serves as an intermediary between the nation's brightest, under-served youth and leading institutions of higher education. QuestBridge, a national non-profit organization founded in 1994, provides a single, internet-based meeting point which links exceptional students with the colleges, scholarship providers, employers, and organizations seeking students who have excelled despite obstacles. By facilitating these exchanges, QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented, low-income students attending the nation's best universities, and excelling beyond.

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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